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VOI.. III.    NO. .
PRINCETON, MAR. 14,  J 903.
Against Fairview Corporation
Brought by John Love.
An action growing out of the big fire
at Fairview last October was tried before
the Supreme Court on March 2nd, according to late Coast papers.
The plaintiff in the case was Mr. John
Love, a merchant in the town of Fair-
view, who was injured in the fire. The
defendants were the New Fairview Corporation, Limited, owners of the hotel
and townsite of Fairview.
The plaintiff claimed $5000 damages on
the ground that the hotel, which was
owned by the defendants, had not the
fire escapes and appurtenances required
by the act governing such buildings, nor,
he alleges, were fire escapes in the different rooms, nor notices posted therein,
giving instructions to the inmates where
the outside fire escapes were located,
how to use the ones that should have
been kept in the rooms. Under the pi
vincial act governing such cases all buildings of more than two stories are rec
ed to have iron stairways on the outside
of the buildings, made with railings and
with a platform at each landing capabli
of holding seven persons at one time
These requirements were not, according
to the plaintiff, complied with in the
Fairview Hotel.
The defendants on the other hand denied that there were no fire escapes.
They said that the hotel building was
properly built, and that there were fire
escapes properly located. They also said
that plaintiff had been a resident of the
hotel for a long period, and was thoroughly conversant with the situation of
the escape. He went down a corridor on
the morning of the fire and was out of
danger. He afterwards went back to his
room to recover certain private effects.
He incurred this danger voluntarily.
After going to his room he again waited
to help a young woman out of the building, and by this time the flames had so
spread that his escape down stairs was
cut off. He then jumped to the ground
and was hurt.
Princeton meteorological   readings for
week ending Mar 11, 1903 :
Maximum      Minimum
Thermometer Thermometer
Thursday,   Mar.    5— 33 ~9
Friday, "       6— 43 13
Saturday,       "       7— 40 17
Sunday, "        8— 38 16
Monday,        "       9— 34 J3
Tuesday,        "      10— 38 27
Wednesday,  "     11— 19 8
Mean    35 12.14
Brief News Notes of Princeton
and   Vicinity.
Angus Stewart returned from Nicola
Lake on Saturday's stage, and left Tuesday for Fairview.
J. E. Bate, manager of the Portland
mine in Aspen Grove camp, returned last
week from attending the mining convention at Victoria. He brought three miners with him from the Coast to work in
the Portland.
/ The snow is said to be over four feet'\
(deep on top of Copper Mountain.
/ E. F. Voigt is on the sick list, the prevailing cold having.confined him to the
mouse. On account of the great depth of
snow, work has been compelled to stop
(in Voigt Camp for a short time.
E. J. Dunsmoor left Tuesday for a short
stay in Hedley City.
J H. W. Hardy and M. Foy have been
/working for some time on the Alice
[claim on Copper Mountain, and report
[striking some good ore.
Last week Chas. S. Sangster, mechanical expert for the Canadian Rand Drill
Company of Sherbrooke, Que., completed the task of assembling the parts of the
largest air compressor in the Dominion
of Canada, which will be placed in use at
the Granby mines in a short time. The
compressor will be driven by electricity
in two parts, with two motors, each of
700 horsepower capacity. These motors,
which have been ordered for many
months, were shipped from the makers,
the Westinghouse Electrical Company of
Pittsburg, Pa., this week, and in another
month should arrive and be placed in position.
For some time past the drill capacity
of the Granby mines has been quite hard
pressed, especially since the average
day's shipments of ore have been 1500
tons, and the putting into use of the new
compressor will be of material assistance
in getting out the requisite amount of
ore, as well as providing the needed
power for development—something that
Superintendent Williams never loses
sight of.
As is well known, the new compressor
plant will have a capacity that will allow of the mines here shipping ore at the
rate of 5000 tons every twenty-four hours,
and it is the intention to increase the
smelter capacity till it reaches this fig-'
nre.—Phoenix Pioneer.
Larsen and  Jones   Injured at
Nickel   Plate.
f G. G. Powell, an employee of the Nickel Plate mining company at Hedley,
made a quick trip to Princeton on Tuesday last lor Dr. Whillans, to attend twc
miners named Larsen and Jones,' who
had been injured in a powder explosion
at the mine.  ~
I It appears that owing to the road between Penticton and the Nickel Plate being blocked with snow, the company ran
short of powder, and the men attempted
.to,use an old explosive compound con
taining a very high percentage of glycei
ine, which had   been   condemned som
While tamping some of this in a cre\
ice the accident occurred. Luckily the
ground was soft, or the consequences
might have been more serious. As it
was Larsen escaped with a few cuts and
bruises, while Jones had one eye injured
and received some bad cuts on the face.
One arm was also cut badly, but no bones
broken. Unless inflammation sets
is not expected that Jones will, lose the
use of the injured eye.
Toronto, Feb. 27.—A large deputation
of single-taxers and laborers waited np
on the Toronto members of the Dominion Parliament yesterday afternoon in
the office of Mr. E. B. Osier, M. P., to
get their opinion regarding the building
of the transcontinental railway. The
deputation strongly opposed the building of the road by the Grand Trunk or
any other company or private capitalist,
but recommended strongly that the government undertake the task of building
the line by issuing bonds for the required money, and that a strip of land, 12 or
15 miles wide, at both sides of the road,
be reserved for farm lands, to be sold to
settlers, the increased value of such land
contributing towards the payment of interest upon the bonds.
Mr. Brock, M. P., in reply to the deputation said that he was strongly opposed to the policy of bonusing railways at
this stage of Canada's development, and
that it would not be a just principle to
subsidize the new line as the C. P. R.
had been subsidized.
The members promised to give the suggestions of the deputation their careful
' Paul McAlpin left on Sunday last for
his home in Minnesota, going out via
Penticton. T. J. McAlpin accompanied
him as far as Hedley.
Held in Victoria Was Largely
The convention of the Provincial Mining Association called for Feb. 25th, at
Victoria, passed off very successfully according to reports received, the attendance being large and very representative
of all the interests concerned.
Two of the most important resolutions
passed were in favor of crown granting
placer claims, and abolishing the two per
A conciliation committee was appointed to try and effect a settlement of the
Fernie strike, and the government
through Premier Prior, voluntarily offered to pay the expenses of a delegation to
Fernie, in order that the conditions there
might be fully investigated, and an amicable solution of the difficulty arranged
between the miners and the   ceal comp-
Resolutions were also passed asking
the government to throw Indian reserves
open to prospectors, and urging it to resist the claims of the C. P. R. to valuable
coal and petroleum lands in East Kootenay, and of other companies to those of
Queen Charlotte Islands.
Considerable opposition to crown
granting of placer claims came from Cariboo miners, and Jos. Hunter, M. P. P.,
who was a delegate from that section, announced that he would strongly oppose
the- passage   of such   legislation   in the
John Keen of Kaslo, was elected president for the forthcoming year, J. B. Hob-
son vice-president, Hon. D. W. Higgins
second vice-president, and A. L. Belyea,
KVC, secretary,
The executive was made up of representative men from the different classes
in attendance, Nicola Lake being honored by the selection of one of its delegates,
Mr. A. E. Howse.
A checking account with a bank is a
great convenience, not only to business
men, but to others as well. More people
would keep such accounts if they knew
just how to go about it. We gladly assist
those who need help in getting started.
Deposits received by mail.—Bank of
Hamilton, Kamloops.
Chas. Burch and family returned Monday from the Nickel Plate mine.
Quite a number of Princetonians have -\
been suffering from severe attacks of la
grippe during the past yeek. Among \
the number were Geo. Aldous, P. John- (
son, Ben Baker, Vic. Ryder and Angus I
Mar 14,1903
A. E. HOWSB,     -    Manager.
Payable Invariably in Advance.
The Boundary papers are still
greatly agitated over the coal miners' strike at the mines of the Crow's
Nest Pass Coal Co. in East Kootenay, and seem almost unanimous in
placing the blame for the trouble on
the shoulders of the company's
manager, J. H. Tonkin, a Pennsylvania man, who is said to be the
choice of Jas. J. Hill for the position he occupies.
As the strike threatens to tie up
all   the    Boundary  smelters   and
mines, it is only natural the people
1 of that district should be greatly interested in the settlement of the dis-
I pute, so that the production of coal
I may be resumed, and as a   prelimi-
I nary to an   adjustment, it is neces-
I sary that the public   should decide
whether the company or its men is
in the   right.    When  the force of
Ipublic    opinion   is   properly   and
■strongly directed in a particular di-
Irection, neither unions or coal companies can withstand it for any considerable length of time.    The pub-
3 the great arbiter of industrial
lisputes at   present, though a slow
e on account of the time it takes
j> properlyjdigest and decide on the
pints at issue.
I Manager Tonkin appears to have
(ted in a very autocratic manner
■efusing to confer with his men
Igarding their grievances, and his
s throughout have not been
I the interests of harmony. One
Ihis first acts was to lengthen the
jurs under ground, a change
■ich he was only successful in in
augurating, by promising a return
to the old system if the new one
proved unsatisfactory after a few
months' trial.
At the expiration of the time decided on, a vote of the miners was
taken to see whether   the new sy
tern should remain in force or a r<
turn be made to the old one.
Two ballot boxes were placed in
the polling booth with an official of
the company present, and the men
in favor of the old system required
to place their ballots in a certain
box, while those in favor of the
new system placed theirs in the
other one.
Naturally a great many of the
men refused to vote, and the non-
voters were claimed by Manager
Tonkin as favorable to the new system.
The refusal of the company to allow the union a lot on which to erect a hall is also severely criticised,
-as also is its attempt to reduce wages by lowering the rate at Morrisey
to 40 cents a ton, while the men at
Michel and Fernie were receiving
50 and 55 cents per ton.
If the Crow's Nest Coal Co. was
a poor struggling concern whose
dividends were a doubtful quantity,
some excuse might be offered for it;
but when the manner in which its
valuable assets were acquired at
the people's expense is considered,
and the certain nature of its profits,
it is little wonder that its continued
quarreling with its employees
should make the Province of British Columbia regret its action in
parting with the Crow's Nest Pass
coal fields.
A continuation of such industrial
wars in the future will almost certainly lead to the devising of means
whereby the province can recover
what it should never have parted
with, thus putting an end to strife
of this kind for all time.
The following item from the Vancouver Province of Feb. 28th,
seems rather amusing, after the way
the government forces conducted
the late campaign in this riding :
" The government people declare
that impersonation and other offences, such as are alleged took place
"n North Victoria, were duplicated
n West Yale."
We cannot of course speak for
the opposition workers in other
parts of the riding, but one thing is
certain, there were no surplus funds
in the hands of opposition workers
at this end of the riding for any
uch purpose, nor do we believe in
any other part of the constituency.
On the contrary the government
followers spent money lavishly
wherever they thought a vote could
be influenced, though with little
effect, to the credit of the Similkameen electors be it said.
The spring poet is abroad in the land
j and sends the Star the following execrable verses for publication. We couldn't
think what we had done to deserve this
and meditated some deep schemes for
revenge, but finally decided to forgive
this time, providing the offense was never repeated.
The leaves refuse to bud upon the trees
While Winter's chilly breath is in the
O hurry Spring and   break  his  heavy
And drive him northward to his icy lair, j
With smiling face chase Winter's storms I
And let the rivers all run glad and free,
Bring from the  south  our  friends  the
happy birds
And bid them call   from  every shrub
Too long the  dreary snow has  covered
Your pleasant handiwork of formei
So hasten Spring and   quickly raise th<
For  I  am   running  awful   short  o
ing Division of Yale Di
Take notice that I, J. E. Bate, Free
Certificate No. B49851, agent for The
Mining Company, Free - Miner's Certi:
B63355, intend, sixty days from the dat
to apply to the Mining Recorder for a C
of Improvements, for the purpose of ol
J. E. BATE, Agen
Notice   of Forfeiture.
. 1. Princeton—Service 11 a.m.   Sunday School 10 a.m.
Granite Creek—Service 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 8. Nickel Plate mine—Service 2:30
p. m.; Healey City 7 p. m.
" 15. Princeton—Service 11 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 11 a. m.   S.
School 10 a. m.;   Granite  Creek
3:30 p.m.
A sitting of the County Court will be
held at Princeton on Thursday, April 23,
By Order,
Registrar County Court.
Princeton, Feb. 28th, 1903.
THIRTY days from date I intend to apply
the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Wor
M. K. FRENCH, Agent
Located this 5U1 day of March, 1903. m-28
Notice of Forfeiture.
To John Lamont and James Jao
terests in the " Alice " mine:
on Wolf Creek, adjoini
nthe e
jtified tha
have expended $102.50 in laoo
nts upon the abhve mentioned mineral 	
ierthe provisions of the Mineral Act, and if
you fail or refuse to contribute your por propor-
i! -   3 of the above mentioned sum, which is now
together with all costs of advertising, your
of the undersigned, under Section 4 of an Act en-
' 'tied " An Act to Amend the Mineral Act, 1900."
Dated at Princeton, B. C , this 24th day of Jan.
.•eton, B. C, this 7th day of Fe
Michael Fov.
n of Yale  District.
hat I, Wl C. McDougall, I
: No.   B4O072,
Dated this 30th day ofDecember, 1902.
m-7 W. C. McDOUGALL.
NOTICE is hereby given that an application will be made to the Legislative
Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, at its next-Session, for an Act to
incorporate a Company with power to
ict, equip, operate and maintain a
standard or any other gage of rail-
be operated by steam, electricity,
other motive power, from a point
1 the  Disl
t of
Yale, Province of British Columbia, and
thence by the most feasible route to a
point on Nicola Lake at or near Quil-
china, and thence by the most feasible
route to a point on the Fraser Riyer at or
near the City of Kamloops, with power
to construct, equip, operate and maintain branch lines and all necessary roads,
bridges, ways, ferries and other works,
and to build, own and maintain wharves
and docks in connection therewith, and
with power to build, equip, operate and
maintain steam and other vessels and
boats and operate the same on any navigable waters within the Province; and
with power to build, equip, operate and
maintain telegraph and telephone lines
in connection with the said railway and
branches, and to generate electricity for
the supply of light, heat and power; and
with power to acquire and expropriate
lands for the purposes of the Company,
and to acquire lands, bonuses, privileges,
or other aids from any government, municipality, corporation, or other persons
or bodies, and to levy and collect tolls
from all parties using and on all freight
passing over any of such railways, tramways, ferries, wharves and vessels built
by the Company, and to make traffic or
other arrangements with railway, steamboat, or other Companies, and for all oth-
sual and necessary powers, rights or
Dated this 27th day of January, A. D..
Morrison, Whitesidb,
mcquarrie & briggs,
m-14 Solicitors for Applicants.
A. R. COLL., SC. D.,
Civil and Mining Engineer
provincial mm surveyor.
PRINCETON.     -   -    B. C.
The Disposition of Alluvial Gold.
Mr. Wm. S. Welton, M. E.,vfrit-
ing interestingly to the London,
Eng., Mining Journal, has the following to say on alluvial deposits of
gold :
" I have had under my observation auriferous gravel deposits in
South America, California arid
Spain for the last thirty years. On
my first acquaintance with auriferous gravels I was led to follow them
up with a view to discover the reefs
from which they were then supposed to have been derived, but I failed to find any indications of these,
and I have never yet been able to
ascertain that others have been
more successful than myself in this
direction. It was suggested that
gravels might have travelled a great
distance from the reefs, taking into
consideration the rounded form of
the quartz pebbles forming them
but this theory has been less persisted in latterly, as it has been
seen the gold could not have resisted the amount of attrition necessary
to reduce the fragments of quarti
to their present form ; and those
who have studied the subject appear
to be now agreed that, as Mr. Lake
observes, the gold has been derived
from the decomposition of gold solutions resulting in the percipita-
tion of this in a metallic state and
its concentration around some suitable nuclus.
" According to my observation,
the gravels were deposited by water
at a time when trees and vegetation
existed, as remains of trees, roots
and leaves are to be found in the
j deep leads' and ' benches ' of
gravel which have been preserved
by a covering of lava. The gold
solutions, from whatever source
they may have been derived apparently appear after the deposition of
the gravels, as, in certain deposits,
the forms of" leaves have been replaced by gold. In one deposit
worked by me, the whole of the
gold was obtained in the form of
" It has been noted that the larger the pebbles forming the gravel,
the larger and more round will be
the grains of gold found in it, and
it is very possible that, originally,
the gravels contained   much vege
table matter ground up into fine
particles, according to the size of
the pebbles, and that a considerable
portion of these particles have been
replaeed by gold, as the finer grains
of gold are distributed all through
the gravel in layers of much great
er richness than the portion of sand
and gravel between them, and the
grains of gold are mostly found in
thin scales of corrugated appearance.
"The above observations only
apply to ' deep leads' and high
' benches' of gravel of older formation than the present river bars and
deposits, which appear to have been
formed by the breaking down of the
older gravel beds. In these the greater portion of gold will generally be
found upon and in bedrock, especially when this is schist, and the
'grains of gold will be in all size's,
from very coarse to very minute
Too Effective.
The German proprietor of a sawmill in a Minnesota town used for
fuel the refuse from the lumber.
The fuel cost nothing, but it took
four men to provide it, because the
machinery was old fashioned.
An agent for mill machinery persuaded the German to put in new
equipment which would reduce the
amount of fuel one-half. It looked
like a good proposition, says the
Duluth News Tribune, and the
agent, sure of success, called on the
German after the machinery had
been installed, expecting to be congratulated. But the German gave
him a gloomy stare.
"What's the matter? Doesn't
the machinery do all I claimed for
it? " asked the agent."
"Ya, but I overlooks some-
"What was that?"
" Veil, it dakes only dwo men to
handle de fuel, but it dakes de udder dwo men to haul avay vat ve
didn't use und a team pesides."
There is nothing noble in being
superior to some other man ; the
true nobilify^siri being superior to
your former self.—Hindoo   saying.
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Wholesale and Retail Hardware Merchants,
Profits in Low Grade Ore.
The advances along metallurgi
cal lines, in smelting and in mill
practice within the past two or
three years, have made marketable
a grade of ore so low as to give
commercial value to hundreds of
mines having large bodies of deposits heretofore considered worthless. The attractive feature of this
lies in the fact that the heaviest
dividend producers in the entire
country are the large bodies of low
grade ore. The all absorbing question of profitable treatment has to
be met and answered at the v
threshold of the enterprise; and
this is what up-to-date methods of
reduction have done. It is now no
longer a question as to whether $5
ore can be profitably treated ; but
—how much have you ? With
$100,000 cash capital and a corps
of competent men in charge of the
mine, and the business affairs, it is
not a wild prediction to state that
the money can be made to earn dividends of 25 to 50 per cent, a year.
—Western Mining World.
Who is the Worst ?
An English journal recently wondered whether the pronunciation of
some of the ignorant classes or of
some of the cultivated classes is the
For instance, the groom says:
" 'Arry, 'old me 'oss."
But the'curate says: " He that
hath yaws to yaw, let  him   yaw."
And the doctor's wife says :
" Jawge, please go to Awthah and
awdah the hawse, and don't forget
to look at the fiah."
And the vicar says, j' If owah
gracious sovereign wur-ah to die ! "
Mother—"You naughty boy!
You've been fighting."
Little son—" No, mother."
Mother—" How did your clothes
get torn and your face get scratched?"
Little rson—" I was trying to
keep a bad boy from hurting a good
little boy."
Mother,—" That was noble. Who
was the good little boy? "
Little son—" Me "
" How does it happen, Jane,"
snapped the angry mistress, "that
I saw you feeding that policeman
pumpkin pie in the kitchen last
evening ? '"
'' I forgot ter plug the  key-hole,
The greater a man is the less disposed he is to show his greatness.
True nobility of soul rises above
and suppresses the love of show.—
W. E. Channing.
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The Largest and Most Homelike Hotel in Princeton is now
open for the travelling public.
Our bar is stocked with the
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