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 Mineral Products of the Similkameen: Gold, Silver, Platinum, Copper, Lead, Iron and Coal. ,
Vol. iv.   No. 18.
$2 a Year.
Quartz Brought in hy   Prospectors
Containing Free Gold.
D. O. Day in company with Messrs
J. Snowden, Fred. Wampole and Ben
Baker returned Thursday from a week's
. prospecting on the headwaters of the
Nine-Mile. They brought specimens of I
rose quartz containing gold easily observed with the naked eye, and which
they found in float. They were unab e
to locate the ledge but they are confi-
• dent that someone will find it. The
country in which the quartz was found is
covered with a deep wash and innumerable windfalls making it almost impossible to prospect the ground thoroughly.
Where the formation is exposed, which
is rarely,    it is   composed of dikes  of
granite, basalt, schist and diorite, which
makes it a  very favorable formation
which to find gold bearing quartz.
Mr. Day while unsuccessful in locating
this gold quartz is not discouraged and
intends making another effort to find it
in the near future.
Plenteous Opportunities There For
Labor and Investment.
The first police court held in Hedley
was on the ioth inst., E. Bullock-Webster
presiding. The case was that of a young
man disturbing the peace. The prisoner
was fined $25 and costs, $38 in all.
Neil Huston has sold out his interest
in the Commercial hotel to W. A. Mc-
A meeting of the Liberal-Conservative
association was held in the dining room
of the Grand Union hotel on Saturday
evening. C. A. Stewart, A. McDermott,
R. Boling and N. McFadden were the
delegates chosen for the Fairview convention.
Messrs. Richter and Huston go to the
coast this week taking with them a bunch
of horses.
Labor and business activity are predominating features here at present.
A couple of mischievous youngsters
disported themselves the other evening
by transposing some sign boards. Boys
will be boys even if they have a vote.
A. Winkler, one of the proprietors of
the Grand Union hotel left for the coast
last week on a business visit.
Wm. Martin of Princeton was a visitor
to Hedley this week.
Hugh Hunter, government agent at
Princeton, paid Hedley a visit this week.
Dr. Whillans paid his weekly professional visit last Monday.
W. A. McLean has moved his camp to
the flat below the stamp mill.
B. Osen, who has been conducting
mining operations at Boulder creek is in
town for a day or two. He spent last
winter in California and noted a great
inquisitiveness there about the Similkameen.
Free Milling Gold — Prospecting at
the Head of Nine-Mile Creek-
Valuable Specimens.
Two prospectors, Charles Held
H. M. Gibson on their way to Slate creek,
Wash., where they intend working
mining and prospecting, took a rest for
a couple of days at Princeton. Both
are very pleased with the topography of
the country and its mineral possibilities ;
its healthy and pure atmosphere as
as a glorious and inexhaustable preserve
of scene, fish and game. Both men are
union labor and will do all in their sphere
of influence to support a Liberal candidate, proviso being made that he be not
morally stained or a grafter after the
ancient, free and rejected North Ar
They are both emphatic in respect of
McKinney as a mining camp, saying that
there is no better camp in B.C. for dividends or wages. The Cariboo and Waterloo are two historic mines that have
never deceived their holders, for since
the day of their exploitation neither have
ceased to be dividend payers. Both
free milling gold.
Camp McKinney is five miles from the
surveyed route of the  V.V. & E. and
about  2,000 feet above sea level.    Last
winter there was an average of ten feet
of snow throughout the camp.
There are  thirty  miners employed
the Waterloo and twenty-five in the Cari-
Both gentlemen will return in time to
record their votes on October 31st, and
they hope that Liberal principles will
predominate on that great day.
They are both confident that with J. A.
Schubert as the Liberal candidate nothing
would stay  victory.
Messrs. Edmonds and Cawston, late
employees of Thos. Ellis, Penticton, have
bought out C. Richter's butcher business
Hedley. Both gentlemen are well
known throughout the district, and as
faithful workmen in Mr. Ellis's employ
a name for courtesy and sobriety
which is sure to be appreciated.
mes Hislop, P.L.S., went over to
Trout creek to survey a mineral claim for
Dune. Woods, on Wednesday last. Mr.
Woods is a large holder of mineral properties at Hedley. He has recently sold
a block of real estate at Trout creek for
an indication of the interest in the
construction of a railway into the Similkameen it may be stated that the letter
of Frank Moberly, C.E., has exhausted
the whole edition in which his letter appeared and requests for more copies come
th every mail.
Items of General Interest and Personal Mention—Princeton is Commercial Centre of District.
N. F. Townsend, P.L.S., of Rossland,
arrived in Princeton Wednesday and
went to Copper mountain the following
day on professional business.
D. J. Starwalt of Aspen Grove
town awaiting the arrival of A. F. Gwin,
mine broker. Mr. Starwalt believes that
Aspen Grove will be a renowned camj
as soon as transportation is procured
The road now being built to the camt
will be a great boon to miners, as it wil!
facilitate the transport of goods very
Complaint has- reached here of the
bad condition of the wagon road between
the Wheeler and Bromley ranches down
the river. By reason of a moving slide
the road is continually out of repair and
is a source of danger to the traveling
public. The government should attend
to this at once.
Beneath the shade of the pines, which
exhale a wholesome aroma all the year
around, was forever laid on Monday last
the infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. E. Waterman. No more earnest tribute of the
respect in which the bereaved parents
held could have been shown than that of |
the attendance of all " sorts and conditions of men" at the burial rites. The
Church of England service of obedience
and reverence to the dead was read by
the Presbyterian pastor, Rev. J. Stewart.
At the graveside Mr. Waterman acknowledged the manifestations of sympathy
in the presence of neighbors and by
token of wreaths of pansy, sweet pea
and clematis which were tenderly strewn
on the little mound.
A. Gallinger is in town from Boulder
Creek and reports good prospects in the
work of development now going on. He
has great faith in the future of Boulder
creek and is encouraged in this belief as
the work progresses. Just now Mr. Gallinger is encountering a little difficulty
with gas in the shaft but hopes to over
come it with improved ventilation.
J. Wallace was chosen a third delegate
1 the Fairview Conservative convention
the 15th at the meeting held
iday night. There will be five
s in all—Judge Murphy from
Otter Flat and F. P. Cook from Granite
Creek ; as well as Messrs. Goldsborough
and Russell make the contingent from
this end of the riding.
Haymakers are very scarce just now.
A few itinerant miners were impressed
: service but they are not the kind
to cure hay when there is a diift
to be made in a rich ore body. Miners
and hay are as incongruous as air and
Great Coal Strike on the Coldwater—
A Good Place to Invest.
Frederick Buscombe, a prominent merchant of Vancouver, is here looking over
the various mining camps of this locality.
Mr. Buscombe has set a commendable
example to others of Vancouver's business men in coming into this important
mineral section and making personal
acquaintance of both mines and mining
men. Few of the merchants in that city'
realize the importance of a personal inspection of this mineral and agricultural
district which lies so near their doors.
As a matter of business it would repay
many fold the expense of a visit. The
future of this district is very bright. A
railroad is an urgent necessity and that
cannot be much longer delayed.
A great strike of coal has been made
on the Coldwater by Messrs. Dell King,
J. W. Murray, M. Olsen, J. Murray, J.
Chapman, Martin Olsen, J. Shiels and
others who have located claims. The
strike is about 12 miles from Coutlee.
The coal seams are very similar to those
found at Anthracite. These immense
coal deposits are of the best coking
quality and were never believed to be so
extensive as are now proven by this recent find. There is now estimated to be
about 500,000 acres of coal land in Nicola.
The above gentlemen are to be congratulated on their good luck.
G. M. Rigden, vice-president and general manager of the Golden Canyon
Mining and Milling Co., operating at
Granite creek, passed through here recently. He will begin work on the
company's properties immediately.
The organ fund has had a most popular reception by citizens. It is hoped
that by next week as subscriptions are
honored a statement will be announced
of receipts and disbursements. .
A. D. Worgan of Allison was in town^^
Monday evening in attendance at the
Conservative meeting. Mr. Worgan is
of the old type of British soldier
whose tactics consisted of " slash and
carry," and "no surrender." He followed General (Lord) Roberts to Canda-
har and shared with him the glories of
the campaign that taught the Burmese
submission rather than predatory warfare.   Mr. Worgan has served his king
id country with a zeal that deserves to
be remembered with all the eloquence of
libra, solidus, denarius.
Messrs. P. Russell, R. O. Cramer and
M. K. French went to Copper Mountain
yesterday to assist Mr. Townsend with
his surveying.
C. O. French was down from his claims
on Granite Creek several days this week
F. W. Groves, P.L.S., has been at
Hedley for the past two weeks.
August 15, 1903
The Similkameen Star
The Princeton Publishing Co.
A. E. Howse, Manager.
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Four weekly insertions constitute one month
The latter half of the nineteenth
century and the twentieth thus far,
will be historically known as the
"railway age" of Canada. For,
turn where one will throughout this
wide Dominion railways are in process of building or projected. The
evolution on the plains from the
old shaganappi carts of the Hudson's Bay company to that of the
modern steel freight car carrying
more than a train of ioo of those
primiti%re carts, has been ace
plished within a score of years.
The Northwest Territories would
still have remained the great lone
land it formerly was had it not been
for the advent of the railroad. The
busy towns that now dot the country were but a few years ago isolated outposts on the very fringe
of civilization. Where now. the
iron horse puffs and blows the red
man and the buffalo stalked the
breezy steppes never sniffing the
danger of annihilation and soon
the total decimation of the Indian
The transformation from savage to
a civilized people, from wild beast
to domestic animal, and from knee
deep wild grasses to the fields of
waving grain and exuberant vegetable has been so rapid that it staggers anyone not accustomed to western development. Thousands of
settlers teeming into the hew cc
try and other thousands waiting for
the railway to push on north
west to the gold fields and fertile
valleys of the far northland. Without the railway all this development and progress were impracticable.
If the young and plethoric Dominion is ever to reach out into
the, comparatively, great unknown
northern latitudes the time was
never more opportune. The pulse
beats of the nation are quickening
and thanks to a wise Liberal administration the financial condition of
the country could not easily be bettered. Standing on the threshold
of great opportunities and a vast
railway enterprise the people of
Canada would be recreant to all
sense of duty and gratitude were
they to withhold their moral and
voting support of the Liberal party.
The Grand Trunk Pacific railway
will accomplish more for Canada
than any other enterprise of a like
nature. It is a well known truth
that an individual thrown upon his
own resources is more susceptible
of expansion and development than
the coddled, pampered person. So
is it with the Grand Trunk Pacific
railway company. The company
gets no land grant, and is thrown
upon its capacity and ability to
construct and maintain the road
as best it may. Right enough the
government loans assistance but
stops at that as the principle of remuneration to the people runs
through the whole bargain. With
the C.P.R. it was different. That
company got enough in land and
cash to build the transcontinental
line, since when this company has
stood at the door of the house of
commons every session with hand
extended for release of taxes, or
foreshore privilege, &c, &c.
The Similkameen people are
quite alert to their needs. All they
ask is fair play. If the Dominion
government is ready to assist a railroad into an unpeopled country and
little explored it certainly ought not
to be averse to a railway entering
the Similkameen and Nicola districts where explorations and development fully warrant the immediate construction of a railway.
There ought not to be any further
hindrances by way of legislation
or subsidy re the construction of a
railway to these districts seeing that
they are well settled and contain
more mineral to the square mile
than any other part of the Domin-
18,140 miles of railway and a
population of less than six millions.
Not a bad showing for a new country. ' Onward Canada!
A railroad to the Peace river
country and one to the Similkameen district will give Canada a
great boost.    No  unemployed and
) deficits, prosperity smiles on all.
Only 120 miles from tidewater, it
seems unpardonable that Princeton
should be so neglected—no telephone, no telegraph, no railway !
We might better be in Timbuctoo.
When the Canadian Pacific railway was built the croakers said :
Two streaks of red rust across the
continent" Is there one rusty rail
from the Atlantic to the Pacific
now ?   We trow not. aarft&i
When Tarte resigned from the
Liberal government the Conservative press predicted all sorts of dire
things for the ministry, and now
that Blair has resigned the day of
retribution is at. hand (sic). It is a
matter of fact that the government
was never stronger, owing to these
resignations. Blair was a burden,
by reason of his non-progressive'
railway policy—Tarte was a political weathercock and therefore unreliable.
August 9—Service 7 p.m. in school house
A sitting of the County Court of Yale
will be held at Princeton on Monday,
October 12th, 1903, at 10 o'clock, a.m.
By Order,
Registrar County Court.
Princeton, July 28th, 1903.
Triangle Fraction mineral claim.   Situate in the
.    Similkameen Mining Division of Yale di
trict.   Where located: On Copper Mou
igent for Arthur E. Thomas. freeJttL„
:ate No." B72022, and William H.JThoi
niner's certificate No. 872024, intend, si
torn the date hereof/to apply to the Mining Re-
ling division of Yale <
ted: Copper Mountain
that I, Edgar E. Burr, free miner's
d<:„(53 acting for self and agent foi
icate No. B42433; Le Baron DeVeber, fir's certificate,' ^£56795; Elmer a'. Ralf, fir's certificate No. B75343; and Hannibal
i, free miner's certificate, No. B63374. Wtei
sixty days from the date hereof, to apply to tl
Mining Recorder for a Certificate of Improv
tits.   for. the purpose   of obtaining a Crov
tionD37, must be commenced before
of such Certificate of Improvement
Dated this 2nd day of July, 1903.
Mining Division of Yale Dii
t I, David O. Day, acting a
_ inch, Free Miner's certificate No. B77152. _ _
Miner's certificate ,No. 63369,! in^endj.sixty days
from date hereof,to apply to tte-jKiriing Reco
j obtaining a Crown Grant of the above claii
And further takenotiee'that action/under
ion 37, must be commenced before the issu
fsuch Certificate of Improvements.  ,
Dated this 30th day of. June, A.D. 1903.
rHIRTY days from date I intend to apply
the Chief Commissionsr of Lands and Wor__
m- a licence to prospect for coal on the following
escribed lands, situated on Lindlay Creek:-
Commencing  at a  post  marked  J. C. f
laker's north-east corner, being the soutli
M-ner of J. B. Humphrey's coal -claim, tl
} chains west, 80 chains south, 80 chains ea
hains north, back to post, containing in all 640
W. MURRAY, Agent.
Located June 23,1903.
Commencing at a post marked lames
Leserve, thence west 80 chains, thence
of A. Reynolds' coalclaii
r. MURRAY, Agent.
located — On  Copper   Mountain,
Take Notice that we, William Alfred Cooper
and Alfred Joseph Cooper, Free Miners' Certificates B54742 and B54743 respectively, intend,
sixty days from the date hereof, to apply to the
ments, for the  purpose  of obtaining a Crown
Grant of the above claim.
And further take notice that action, under sec-
of such Certificate of Improvements.
Dated this Thirteenth day of May, A.D. 1003.
Copper Cliff and Copper Bluff Mineral Claims,
Ion of Yale  District.   Where located:—
Copper Mountain.
Take notice that I, Peter Edmond Wilson, Free
Miner's Certificate No. B51146, intend, sixty days
from the date hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for a Certificate of Improvements, for the
purpuse of obtaining a Crown Grant of the above
And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such Certificates of Improvements.
Dated this 29th day of April, A.D. 1903.        j 20
MOTICE Is hereby given that sixty days after
I ~ date I Intend to apply to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for permission to
purchase 160 acres of mountain  pasture land in
Aspen Grove, April
A Strong
Manitoba Hard Wheat
and   the Lake ofu|tlpJ&
Woods  Milling  Co'y,
Combine to produce the finest grade
of flour on the market.
Try Best Patent Brand.
JAS. J. LOUTIT,   Agent,
Box 158 Vancouver, B. C.
For   Connoisseurs  Only.
Can be had at all first-class hotels throughout the province.
Sole Agents.
Largest Sale in Canada J
 August 15, 1903.
J. M. Hitchings is still engaged at
prospecting on Granite Creek.
Bob Woods, has completed his assess,
ment on his Roche River property for
this year. He has sunk a 20-foot shaft
on a 20-inch lead of quartz carrying a
good per cent, of copper glance as well
containing quantities of free gold. He
reports everything looking fine and
thinks the future of the camp is assured.
Dan Ross, of Granite. Creek, visited
Princeton last week.
The municipal tramways of Sheffield,
England, show a profit for the past 12
months of over ^"28,000, a large proportion of which will be devoted to the
relief of rates.
The recent find on the Helen H. Gardner, of which mention was made last
week, is still causing no little talk. The
claim is owned by Chas. Saunders and
Jesse Miller, of Grand Forks, in stead ofl
Greenwood parties as stated.
School is expected to re-open or
23rd, when Miss M. L. Whillans will resume her duties as tutor to the youth of
Princeton and vicinity.
Prospector's Remarks.
Editor. Star:—Dear   Sir:—Since   I
left Princeton, I have seen a little of the
Tulameen   country,   one   of the   ma:
arteries of your town, and will now sj
that the Similkameen mining district
one of the most promising mining belts
that I have ever seen.   Of course development, as is well known, is in the embryonic  stage  but   I presume, judging
from immediate surface and shallow digging showings that are in a   radius of
25 miles of Princeton there are dozens of
mines just awaiting the necessary capital
to make them large producers.   In brief
there are prospectors here from all parts
of the globe, and they have got all si:
all kinds and all values of ore.
I find that the country is well supplied
with timber, water and feed for stock,
also an occasional good ranch, very good
roads, but no trails into the hills except
what the prospectors cut out themselves.
I was under the impression that the
country was all staked, such is not the
case, there are good prospects to be
located yet within a mile or two of the
rivers, as proof of this statement, I, myself, found and located ore one-half mile |
north of the north end of Otter Flat.
Otter Flat, Aug. 10 1903.
J. J. Markes and Mike Brodager have
decided to prospect their Big Zone mine,
about 8 miles up Twenty-Mile creek from
Hedley City. Such obscure things as
this one year ago, is not seen and understood in a minute. An apprehension ofl
this import comes only of study and detailed observation, which, after all would
amount to little without a liberal e
tance of the prospector's guide, the pick
and shovel. By such work the ow
of the Zone mine have demonstrated the
probability of it being one of the A i's of
the Yale mining district.
There is laying on the south side and
running parallel with the. quartz a zone
of arsenical iron 30 to 50 feet in width.
Averages from a 5x7 shaft gave $22.60 at
4 feet and $60 at 7 feet depth. The
quartz lead cuts like a true fissure through
different formations from granite on the
west to andesite on the east where the
ore zone widens to a great width.
Owing to the fact of its being covered it
is in fact hard to tell the real width, one
cut of 75 feet shows ore all along and
pans gold. After a careful and detailed
examination of the property I have come
to the same conclusion, as other men of
experience who have seen it, that it has
all the ear marks of a mine.
Prospector.    |
Notice of Forfeiture.
To McNeil,  Barry  and   Clabon, of  Rossland,
Take notice that after the publication hereof I
once each week for ninety days, j ou fail or refuse to contribute your portion of the expenditure required by section 24 of the " Mineral Act,"
being chapter 133, Revised Statutes of British
Columbia, 1897, in  respect of th*  Copperania
the Similkameen Mining Division of- Yale  Dist-
:r jjugh^ennedy, of
ie by you in respect of said min-
eluding costs, is $io<
;    Located 28th Jnly. 1903.
Hedley City*   -   B*C.
A Freah Stock of Drug* « Chamloala
All the Lata Magazine*
Mali Ordara Promptly and Carefully
Attended to '
Analysis of Coal and Fireclay a'Specialty.
Complete Coking Quality Tests.
Beliable PLATINUM Assays.
Hedley City Stored
A Complete New Stock of General rierchan-
dise always on hand,
Groceries, Dry Goods, Men's Furnishings, Boots and Shoes; also
!      Builder's Supplies, Shingles, Doors, Windows, Paints, Wall
, Paper, Hardware, Stoves, Nails, Drill Steel,
■ Harness and Saddlery.
| Headquarters for Enderby Hungarian Flour, Northwest Oats, &c
Wood, Vallance & Leggat, Ltd.,
Miners', Logging and Mill Supplies
B*C Agents for the Canadian Steel and Wire
Co*, Field Fence—=Prices on application
.-.-.RUBBER STAflPS.-.-.
Seals, Stencils; Price Markers, Printing Wheels, Numbering Machines,
Band Dating and Numbering Stamps,
Check Perforators, Eubber Type, Printing Presses, &c, &c.
Vancouver, B. C.
A. R. COM,., SC. D.,
Civil and Mining Engineer
PRINCETON.     -   -    B. C.
Clothing, Top Shirts and
If you want First Class Footwear
Insist upon   -------
Nothing equals them for Style, Fit, Finish and Wear.
riaple Leaf and King Quality Rubbers.
Vancouver, B. C. J. LECKIE CO., Limited.
The Vancouver Breweries, lm.
Cascade Beer
Ginger Beer
a* Alexandra Stout
H Alexandra Ale
For sale throughout British Columbia in all the first-
class Hotels, Liquor Stores and Saloons.
The Amalgamated
August 15, 1903
Gold in Trees.
The item in last week's Star referring
to the copper-stained tree seemed to be
almost incredible to some.   The following taken .from the American Inventor,
{would seem to substantiate the fact that
copper has liquefying properties as well
as gold:
"Chemists have long suspected that
gold might slowly dissolve in surface
water. Dr. Lungewitz came to the con |
elusion that if the surface water concained
dissolved gold at all, however small the
quantity, it should naturally be drawn
up by the roots of trees in the near
vicinity, and would there appear in more
" substantial form. Accordingly he selected
a number of trees growing in the neighborhood of lodes and placers, had them
^-felled and cut them into pieces of convenient size. After the bark had been
removed with about one inch of the outside wood, the pieces were placed upon a
clean sheet of corrugated iron and fired.
The ashes, which yet contained grains ofl
charcoal, .weie then   collected  and as-
The experiment was not a distinct success.   While gold was undoubtedly present, its quantity was so infinitely small
that an accurate estimation of its amount
.. of "fineness. woar out of the question.   As
these trees were of the soft wood variety
- it was decided to. try the hard wood.  The
;: ashes of some so called iron-wood trees
yielded between   io cents and 40 cents
worth of gold to the tori.
The branches proved to. be richer in
gold than in any other part of the tree
heretofore tested. In one instance the
ashes yielded no less than $1.17 worth ofl
gold to the ton, while in many cases the
assay showed a return of over $1 per ton.
Metal Product of Canada.
The value of minerals, metals, produced in Canada during 1902 was as follows: Copper, $4,553,695 ; gold, $20 741.-
245 ; iron ore, $1,065,019 ; lead, $935)870;
uickel, $5,025,903 ; silver, $3,280 957 ;
pig iron from Canadian ore, $1,043,011 ;
other metals. $1,068 ; total value, $35,-
Natural Compass.
In the tropical northern territory of]
South Australia travellers need not carry
a compass. Nature has provided a living
compass for them. The district abounds
with the nests of the .magnetic or meridian ant. The longer axis of these nests,
or mounds, is always in a perfect line
with the parallel of latitude, pointing due
north and south. Scientists cannot
plain this peculiar orientation.
A General Banking Business
A general banking business transacted
by the Bank of Hamilton. Capital
$2,000,000. Reserve ' Fund $1,700,000
Interest allowed on Savings Bank deposits of one dollar and upwards from
date of deposit to date of withdrawal.
A. H. SKEY, Agent, Kamloops, B. C.
Hotel Tulameen
The Largest and Most Homelike Hotel in Princeton is now
open for the travelling public.
Our bar is stocked witb the
Best of Wines, Liquors and
Cigars. Special.efforts will be
made in the Cullinary Depart-.
A(tn"e"ntV and tables will be furnished with the best the market
affords. §J*^j~^»5
Hotel 1 Jackson
^/w^The Leading :'HciiS^
This Hotel, Jiaving
passed into new management, will be found first
class in every department.   ■ ■ ■ ** «*
Hot and Cold Water
Baths.     «* **
Good Stables
HotelI Jackson
Princeton, B*C.
Just Opened
hpsi Class juntos Room
Newii fined
Good Beds
*Mo Chinese Employed..
?<e^ssHJJSfFaiK § McLEAN, Proprietors
i Nicola lake
The Hotel has been ^thoroughly renovated and refitted.
Eyerything .pirst rClass.
4N6 pains spared to please the public."
Table-supplied with best the market affords.
Fine Wines, Liquors and^Cigars.
Headquartersifor Princeton, Spence's Bridge and Kamloops
.. it- gjjj      •      Stage Tines.
 August 15, 1903.
How    This   District  Impressed   an
Observant Editor.
The Boundary Creek Times, published |
at Greenwood, in its issue of July 31st
devotes nearly all of its front page to a
very flattering, nevertheless true, account
' of the resources and possibilities of this
district. The editor, Duncan Ross, recently made a trip through the whole
district and he has embodied his impressions in a descriptive article which faithfully depicts the wealth and beauty ofl
the country visited. Only space forbids
reproduction of the article in full in these
" From Hedley City the country
changes. The Similkameen river comes
down at a rapid rate from the quickly
ascending country until when Princeton
is reached the precipitous mountains
become low rolling hills. Princeton
which is 25 miles from Hedley City, is
easily the most picturesque spot in south
eastern British Columbia. Splendidly
situated at the confluence of the Tula
meen and Similkameen rivers, it has sur
rounding it a mining and agricultural
district that will make it the metropolis
of the country. But Princeton feels governmental neglect more than any other
of the towns. It was a growing town
three years ago. Mine owners on Cop
per and Kennedy mountains went vigorously to work, confident that it was
only a question of a short time until the
railway would be built. Discourager
by hope deferred many left the district
and Princeton suffered. The big bodies
of copper-gold ores are there ; the agricultural-grazing possibilities are there
and when the railway does come Prince
ton will be a busy, bustling town and a
delightful place to live in. Its citizens
are now living a strenuous life, manfully
facing adverse conditions, but nothing
can destroy the bright future in store for
their town.
Twelve miles farther on is Granite
Creek, of early day placer fame, and
which is again coming to the front on
account of the recent discoveries of rich
The trip along the Similkameen cannot be surpassed anywhere in this province for its scenic grandeur. The Iu
dian reservations, it is true, comprise the
best of the agricultural lands, but occasional farms cultivated by white men
demonstrate the possibilities of this beau
tiful valley."
Of Hedley City Mr. Ross has only ex
pressed the verdict of all who have seen
this promising camp—it will rank with
the best and be a permanent industry in
the country. In brief are Mr. Ross's
remarks regarding the  camp, as follows
" Hedley city is the only really busy
town- in the Similkameen. The owners
and management of the Nickel Plate are
not doing much talking. Three years of
development work has demonstrated that
they  have  a mine of sufficient merit to
justify an expenditure of over a million
dollars in the construction of a tramway
to Hedley City, in the erection of a mammoth mill at this point, in the construction of a flume from Twenty-Mile creek
for water power with which they intent
generating sufficient electricity to
mill, tramway and mine ; and later to
treat concentrates and refractory ore,
There are excellent stores, good hotels
and comfortable residences. Hedley
a good town and is sure to grow. Of the
Similkameen district, its mineral richness
has so often been described in these col
umns and the outrageous treatment
accorded it has been so often criticizec
that there can be little added now. This
article is already too long and it is closec
with the prophecy that as the Similka
meen is sure to join other interior dis
tricts in securing for this province a Lib
eral government—a government which
will encourage the miner and the farmer
in fact will encourage all industry—a
government which believes in free trade
in railways and who believes no ol
cles should be placed in the way of the
development of a district rich in natura
resources; a government for the peopli
and not for corporations—with such i
government the Similkameen distric;
will soon take first rank as a producer <
mineral wealth and as the home of
numerous, contented and prosperous
In Britain's 7100   factories there i
some 976,000 employees.
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12 Sound Planks Upon Which Lib
erals Will Rally for Victory.
The Liberal platform, as adopted at the
Provincial Liberal Convention held a;
Vancouver, is as follows
1. The immediate redistribution of the
constituencies of the province
basis of population, but allowinga smaller
unit of population per seat for the out
lying districts.
2. Government ownership, Dominion
provincial and municipal, of public
vices of utilities is sound and should be
carried out in British Columbia.
3. Should it be advisable at any time
to grant aid to a railway company such
shall be in cash and not in land and nc
bonus of any kind shall be given with
out definite and effective means being
taken to safeguard the interests of the
province in the management of the road
control of the freight and passengei
and provision made against such railway
having any liability against it except for
actual cost.
4. Immediate construction of the Coast
Kooteuay railway, the Cariboo railway
the extension of the island railway, a
lailway from Alberni to a point on the
east coast of the island, a road in the
northern part of the province from the
coast to the eastern boundary with
extension to the northern boundary, the
railway from Vernon to Midway by north
fork of Kettle river, with necessary
branch lines, ferries and connections.
5. The enforcement of the act now in
force compelling the scaling of logs by
government scalers.
6. That such legislation should be
enacted as will result in making the
lands included in the various dyking
areas available for cultivation as quickly
as possible and secure prompt payments
of assessments when due.
7. That the government should keep
in touch with the conditions in conne(
tion with mining, protecting said indu;
try against combines and trusts and if
necessary for the purpose build and ope
rite smelters and refineries. No rea«on
able change should be made in the min
ing laws without full notice to all partie*
interested, giving full opportunity for
discussion and criticism.
8. As the province can only ad-
by  the   settlement  within its borders ofl
thrifty and   prosperous <
Orientals never  become
proper sense of the word, we declare it
to be the duty of the government to d:
courage Oriental immigration and et
ployment by   every   means   within   its
power, and we appeal to our fellow Lib
erals throughout the Dominion to aid
in our efforts to protect ourselves against
the ruinous competition of men having
standard   of   decency   and comfort im
mensely below that of civilized people
and who   shirk   every duty and obliga
tion   of citizenship   which  the law wil
allow them to escape.
9. The government ought to preven;
the waste and suffering caused by strikes
and lockouts, and an earnest effort ough
to be made to provide some means o
preventing .such strikes and lockouts, anc
we.APProve.'the adoption of compulsory
10. The fiscal system of the province
is in need of revision. Taxation shoulc
bear upon privilege rather than upon
dustry, and no addition should be made
to the debt of the province except for
public works properly chargeable to capi
tal.    •
11. The retaining of the resources o
the province as an asset for the benefit of
the people and taking effective measures
to prevent the alienation of the public
domain except to actual, bona fide busi
ness or industrial purposes, putting ar
end to the practice of speculation in con
nection with the same.
12. The construction and maintenance
of roads throughout the province to aic
in the development of the mining anc
agricultural districts.
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Deserves Helping along
Especially when its Money
in Your Pocket to do so.
We have placed several
Lines on our Bargain
Counter and put Prices
on them that will Cer=
tainly Make Them Go
Take a look at These
August 15, 1903
British Columbia.
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Government Head-
quarters For the Sindlkameen District.
BEAUTIFULLY SITUATED at the Forks of the Similkameen and 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 Grove
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