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 Vot. III.   No. 51.
Of Great Northern to Chilliwack and Similkameen.
The people of Chilliwack are smiling
and feeling very happy, for the news has
spread that the Great Northern Railway
Company, which controls the V., V. &
E., is not going to cease the construction
of branch lines, as it is at present surveying from Port Kells east, says the Vancouver World. The line contemplated
will be extended over the Hope mountains to the Similkameen country. Undoubtedly it was for this purpose that the
V., V. & E. charter was secured. News
from Phoenix and other mining towns
says that the right-of-way has been purchased into these places. The statement
that the V., V. & E. railway and the
Great Northern are one and the same
company is thus confirmed. The near
future will see a line of railway construct
ed from Port Ellis to Phoenix, passing
through Chilliwack and the Similkameen valley, to Nicola. A prominent
official in the employ of the company
was asked his opinion of the possibility
of getting over the Hope mountains. His
reply was that the grade would nc
much more than two per cent., and by
allowing this grade the road could be
constructed as to come down through
Sumas, with a branch line back to Chilliwack. The grade would be a little too
steep to enter Chilliwack direct.
Work on the Cloverdale-Port Guichon
spur of the Terminal railroad and ferry
company's system is progressipg rapidly,
and will soon be completed.
The Orient Journal says that the First
Thought mine near that place will resume operations as soon as arrangements
can be made for the smelting of the ore,
and gives the following description ofl
the property, which is owned and has
been developed by a Canadian company:
" It is estimated that the First Thought
has 30,000 tons of ore ready to ship,
which will average over $35 in gold to
the ton. It is considered one of the
most valuable gold mines in the northwest. Besides paying nearly $75,000 for
the property, P. Burns and his associates, the present owners, have expended
over $25,000 in development work under
the supervision of Alexander  Sharp, M.
Bare patches are beginning to show on
the snow covered hillsides. This has
been the longest winter in many years,
according to old timers.
Will Be Solved By Building
The B. C. Review, published in London, Eng., contains the following excellent article on the fuel problem of Southern B. C:
" The B. C. mining industry seems to
be persistently dogged with ill-luck in
addition to its other troubles. The labor situation at the mines appears to be
satisfactory, and the outlook was encouraging for a largely increased tonnage
both from the Boundary and Rossland
mines, when another strike at the Crow!
Nest Colleries is announced. This mean
loss and discouragement to practically all
the mines in Southern B. C. which have
to smelt their ores, as the furnaces have
to be shut down, and for want of or<
commodation the mines must discontinue
stoping. There is no doubt that the
Crow's Nest Coal Co. have made every
effort to develop their property so that
an adequate supply of coke may be forthcoming, but they have already been
much handicapped by colliery accidents
and strikes, and they are now threatened
with another long labor dispute. It
unfortunate that the C. P. R. do not ov
their own their own coal mines in Es
Kootenay, so that the. requirements ofl
the smelter's could be met. Had not the
building of the line into the Similkameen been unjustifiably delayed large
supplies of coal and coke would today
have been available from these mines,
and the smelters would not have been
forced to close down. There is fuel in
abundance to be found in Southern B.C.,
and there is undoubtedly a good opening
for capital to acquire some of these coal
areas and provide the necessary means ofl
communication with the smelting c
res. Just prior to the announcement of |
the strike one of the officials of the
Crow's Nest Coal Co. stated that the
present output was 2,300 tons a day, and
the company were making arrangements
tor a daily output of 10,000 before the
end of the year."
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.
T. Sloan came up from Hedley on Sat-
irday last.
From  Princeton   to Spence's
Mr. Stewart Henderson of Ashcroft, B.
C, has received the following letter from
the Department of Public Works at Ottawa, regarding the construction of a telephone line from this place to Spence's
Ottawa, March 14, 1903.
Stuart Henderson, Esq.,
Barrister, Ashcroft, B. C.
Sir,—I have been directed by the Hon.
the Minister of Public Works to acknowledge receipt of your letter of  the 7th instant, enclosing 11 petitions praying for
the construction of a telephone line from
Spence's Bridge to Princeton, B. C, and
to state, in reply, that your letter and the
documents accompanying it will receive
the careful attention of the department.
I have the honor to be,
Your obedient servant,
Fred Gewnas,
Latest reports from Fernie indicate
that a settlement of the strike there is
almost arranged and a definite announcement to that effect is confidently looked
for within a few days.
The agreement will be made for a period of two or three years, so that in future the mining industry of Southern B.
C. will not be subject to the severe set
backs of the past through failure of the
coke supply.
The settlement is regarded as a feather
in the cap of the new Provincial Mining
Association, whose committee has been
instrumental in bringing about the peace
between the mine owners and their employees.
Jas. Hislop returned on Saturday from
a visit to eastern Canada, extending over
several months.   He came in via Pentic-
Jos. Armstrong, of Aspen Grove, came
in over the One Mile, trail on Sunday
last, in order to sign some legal papers
and send them off by the outgoing stage.
He left the Portland Friday, thinking to
get through by Saturday, but the snow-
shoeing was so bad on account of the soft
condition of the snow, that he failed to
reach Princeton until after the stage had
left. Joe says if anyone wants a good
hard tramp on snowshoes, let them hit
the One Mile trail. He returned to Aspen Grove on Monday-by the wagon road.
Brief News Notes of Princeton
and   Vicinity.
W. C. McDougall, Manager for the
Olalla Company, was a visitor to town on
H. H. Pitts, oue of the directors of the
Similkameen Valley Coal Co., who spent
last season at Ashnola, and is now a resident of Nelson, B. C, came in from Penticton last Saturday and returned the following Monday.
Geo. McCoskery, at one time a citizen
of Princeton but lately a resident of Hedley City, has returned to the metropolis
of the Similkameen. George says Princeton looks good enough to him.
H. Webb and Mining Recorder Hunter made a business trip to Hedley on
Wednesday last.
F. W. Groves, P. L. S., came in Monday from surveying a number of claims
on Copper and Kennedy mountains, for
the Vermilion Forks Mining and Development Co.
If the government had spent the money on the roads that it cost to send Stevenson in here, it would have been expended to much better advantage from
the freighters' point of view.
Hugh and Duncan McRae, who have
been visiting places in eastern Canada
and the States during the winter, arrived
in Princeton on Monday. They intend
spending the coming season in prospecting.
It is rumored that Stables of Cassiar,
Neill of Alberni, and E. C. Smith of East
Kootenay, are likely to go over to the
government side of the house. It is to
be hoped the report is not correct.
Angus Stuart has intimated that he
will be pleased to get samples of ore j
from this district weighing 25 to 100 lbs.,
for the St. Louis Exposition. Prospeo
tors can leave them at the Star office.
This section should be able to make a
fine showing of ores if claim-owners are
alive to their opportunity.
Stewart and Clark are entitled to great
credit for the stage service they have giv-
this place, especially during the past
few months. While the roads have been
ply impassible to freighters, the stage
has only been late a few times. It has
cost considerable for the firm to accomplish the task of getting mails and passengers through as it has, and Princeton
people are sensible of the fact. John
Dignon, the driver, on his return trip
last week left Thynne's at 2 a. m., and
drove for 18 hours.
THE SIMILKAMEEN STAR c-LiberaI party if Martin's dia*-
nosis of the cause for the strong opposition to him contained even an
element of truth.
Martin must be given credit for
the passage last session of the
distribution bill, and it is only
through his agency we can hope
for the defeat of the rotten Prior
government, and the bringing on of
a general election during the present year. At the same time it is
difficult for Interior Liberals to forgive his perpetuation of the Island
government that has so long cursed
the Province, and in the event of
the Prior administration continuing
'n office until 1904, the blame will
be   on   Martin's   shoulders, as  he
ight long since have caused the
downfall of the obnoxious Island
advocacy of the C. P. R.'s
regarding the Columbia &
Western land grant has also been a
hard pill for- many of his' followers
to swallow,—in fact with a great
number it has absolutely refused to
go down.
Martin depends on the Interior
constituencies to endorse him, and
seems confident of a strong following throughout the country.
In this expectation he has expressed his readiness to fight out
the question of leadership at a properly called convention.
What his strength is in other
ridings, it is of course difficult at
this time to say ; but we believe his
following in the constituency of
West Yale will not be found either
numerically strong or of an influential character.
Improvement Certificates.
ate Ko.bSSs?
for the Vermilion Forks Mining and Deve
'tent Company, Limited, Free Miner's "Cei
ite No. 856486, intend, sixty days from the i
ereof to apply to the Mining Recorder for a
ficate of improvements, for the purposed
lininga Crown grant of the above claim.
And further take notice that action, under
tion 37, must be commenced before the issus
of such certificate of improvements.
~   ed this 2SU1 day of March, 1903. 1
All cheques to be made payable to
The fight between Joseph Martin
and Ralph Smith for the Provincial
leadership of the Liberals seems to
be on in good earnest, the Liberal
Association of Vancouver leading
the fight against Martin by.passing
a resolution in favor of calling another convention at an early date,
the ostensible object of which is
Martin's removal from the leadership. It will be necessary that a
like resolution be passed by nine
other associations, representing as
many constituencies, before the executive will be compelled ' to call
such a convention, and thejtrength
of the feeling in favor of a change'
will be shown by the action of the
interior I associations.
It is claimed by Martin's opponents that he is unaole to unite \ wa-'
der him the Liberals of the Province, and the result of the vote by
the Vancouver association on the
question of calling another convention certainly indicates . that the
coast Liberals are not a unit in supporting him.
Martin accuses those who . refuse
to follow him of being actuated by
mercenary motives, and desiring to
down him because he will not lend
himself to their schemes.
It seems hardly possible that such
reasons could influence such a very
large proportion of the members of
the Vancouver association, and it
would be a sad outlook for   the B. |
Apr. 5. Nickel Plate mine—Service'2
p. m.; HealeyCity 7 p. m.
:l 12. Princeton—Service n a. m.
'        Granite Creek—Service 7:3b'p.
' 19. Princeton—Service 7:30 p. m.;
School 3:30 p.m.
'  20. Princeton—Service n  a. m.
School 10 a. m.;   Granite   Creek
•'•     3:30 p.m.
Of British Golumbia.
In the Matter ofthe
'".Land Registry Act " and  Amending
Acts, and
Ju the Matter of Hedley Townsite.
ep n}ade to the Honorable, the Chief Tustice'i
e' City of Victoria, by. M; K. Rodgers, for t
der amending the plan of Hedley Townsit
ed in the I<and Registry Office at Kamloops,!
winrfall streets in  that  portion  of the  sa:
the  Chief Justice, da
iff^iweeks in the*
A sitting of the County Court will be
held at Princeton on Thursday, April 23,
By Order,
Registrar County Court.
Certificate of Improvement, for i the  purpose of
obtalninga Crown Grant of the hbove claim.
And further take notice that action, under sec-
Princeton, Feb. 28th, 1903.
of such' Certificate of Improvements.
Dated this 28th day of March, 1003.            m-23
Notice   of Forfeiture.
ta Reine Mineral Claim, situate in the Similkameen Mining  Division of Yale   District.
Where located :—On Kennedy   Mountain.
.have  transferred   his intent  in   the - Wet
Day"mineral claim, situate  on  One  Mile
Creek, one mile from Burn's ranch, Similkameen District.
You are hereby notified that we have expended $102.50 in labour and improvements upon the
fuse to contribute your p.oportion of
mentioned sum which is now due, tog
:nd the Mineral A
for thcVermilion p
ment Company, til
cate No. B56486, in
hereof, to apply
.  Develop-
the  purpose of
the  Mi
aCrown Granl
her take notice mat action, unae
1st be commenced before the issi
-tificate of Improvements. .
is 28th day of March, A. D. 1903.
I Take notii e I that I. J. E. Bate, Free
Certificate No. B49851, agent for The
Mining Company, Free Miner's Certii
863355, intend, sixty days from the. dat<
to apply to the "Miping Recorder for a C
Ind further take hi
eighteenth  day of February,
J. n. BATE, Agen
for a license to prospect foi- coal on the foUo
described lands .-—
Situate in the Yale District, in the Provin
British Co,lumhi«( about four miles southet
Princeton, on the east bank of the Similkai
River, commencing at initial post, ■ -
And running 80 chains east, along the s
side of C. O. French's claim, 80 chains soui
chains west, 80 chains north,-to  point  of
Notice of Forfeiture.
e have expended $102
ents upon the abhve
ide'r the provisions oi
ithin.ninety days froi
you fail
js ofth
e, togethei
said clai
h all c<
.-.-.RUBBER STAflPS.-.-.
Seals, Stencils, Price Markers, Printing Wheels, Numbering Machines,
Band Dating and Numbering Stamps,
Check Perforators, Kubber Type, Printing Presses, &c, &c.
Vancouver, B. C.
A. R. COW.., SC.  D.,
Civil and Mining Engineer
PRINCETON.     -   -     B. C.
I Analysis of- Coal and Fire- j]
clay a Specialty.
For    Connoisseurs   Only.
Can be had at all first-class hotels through-
Sole Agents*
The Company of the Hills.
Anyone who has lived, as do
Vancouverites, within the shadow,
of the everlasting hills, cannot bu£
instinctively understand and appre:
ciate the sensations of utter lonelij-'
. ness and aggravated homesickness
inevitable upon removal to anjf
place having no glimpse of lofty
crag and towering peak. It may
be that the newer residence is a
magnificent city with all that art
and wealth and culture can make
contributary to elegance and comfort and convenience. It may be
by the ever-restless sea, variable
and irrational in indisputable grandeur. It may be in a garden of the
gods. Yet nowhere save within
sight of mountains does he who
knows and loves them find absolute content. There is a hunger in
the heart for the hills. The hill-
bred man can ever see in fancy
their wooded slopes, their proud,
serene, calm heights piercing the
feathery clouds. He hears (he calling of the mountains—the music of
hurrying streams—the deep silence
of the night ; he feels upon hot
temples the cool, caressing fingers
of cedar fragratfl: winds. There is
companionship, rest, comfort, consolation, exhaltation in the mountains like which is nothing else.
Within their grandeur man can not
escape his personal insignificance,
and yet gains strength and inspiration and ambition through the
companionship of the vast, and ever-steadfast. Fortunate are they
whose environment gives them the
snowjpyjjwued link of union twixt
nature-loving man and nature's
God.—Vancouver World.
Wanted; More Platinum!
Platinum is the only precious metal that is really of industrial use.
Gold and silver are valuable for
decorative purposes, but platinum is
almost indispensable in certain
branches of industry. The fact, for
instance, that its coefficient expansion is almost exactly the same as
that of glass, and that it can therefore be imbedded in glass without
danger of cracking, has made it of
mportance in electricity ; but this
s only one of the numerous points
n its favor. Unfortunately this
rftetal is very rare; it can not of
course compete in this regard with
such rare metals as are only chemical curiosities, like radium, of
which it is estimated that the whole
earth contains only two pounds ;
but the rarity of these substances is
hardly felt as an industrial stringency. Says a writer in the '' Revue Scientifiue " (January 17) :
" Platinum is a metal that was
unknown until relatively recent
times. The ancients did not have
it; the alchemists   of  the   Middle
Ages, infidel or Christian, did not
discover it in their crucibles and
alembics. It was not discovered,
until toward the middle of the
eighteenth century. But the curious thing about its history is that
while all the other metals, as.the'
need for them made itself felt more'
strongly, were found in greater
quantities, platinum, although
greatly appreciated and much iii
demand, remains very rare. The
places where it is found are few.
Thus platinum never falls in price,
although its value often varies
much. In 1822 it Drought 10,000
francs a kilogram ($909 a pound) ;
in 1870, after the discovery of the
deposits in the Urals, it was 1,500
francs ($136 a pound). But in 1895
it was worth about 3,000 francs
($273 a pound), and in December,
1901, more still. Platinum was
first discovered in South America ;
it was regarded as a form of silver,
whence its name—plata being the
Spanish word for silver. It is now
found also in Colombia, Brazil,
Haiti, and Borneo, but it is much
more abundant in the Ural Mountains. The Ural mines furnish
yearly about 4,000 kilograms (8,-
000 pounds) ; the rest of the world,
hardly a thousand. Thus Russia
controls the production and sale of
platinum. It would appear that
the Russians had a plan to demonetize their silver pieces coined before 1850, in order that the platinum in them might be extracted ;
but these pieces have become very
rare—the idea had occurred to individual chemists before it was suggested to the authorities. And
platinum remains rare—very rare ;
there is a platinum famine, and industry demands loudly the discovery of new deposits of the precious
metal."—Translation made for The
Literary Digest.
Not According to Shakespeare.
A negro amateur dramatic society was attempting to give a performance of " Othello." In the
scene where Othello demands a
handkerchief from Desdemona there
was a startling interruption from
one of the audience. When the
time came for the scene, the negro
who.was playing the part of Othello pawled out, " Desdemonie, gib
nje dat han'kerchif! "
No reply.
"Desdemonie. I say gib me dat
Still silence.
"Desdemonie, foh de third time,
gib me dat han'kerchif! "
But she wouldn't do it.
Thereupon an old negro in the
audience, tired of the apparent
slpwijess, spoke up and said, "Ah,
wipe yo" nose on yo' cote sleeve,
niggah, an' let de show go on ! "—
New YorkwTribune.      ■ -j :^fm^m.
The Hotel has been thoroughly renovated and refitted.
Everything First Class.
No pains spared to please the public.
Table supplied with best the market affords.
Fine Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
Headquarters for Princeton, Spence's Bridge and Kamloops
Stage Lines.
Subscribe for the STAR, SJIfira&gS
This finish is more popular this year than
ever, and has won its popularity by its dura=
bility, prettyftints, and the easy mode of mix=
ing and applying. Put up in 23 beautiful
shades and white. As your dealer for a
color card or send direct to
McLENNAN, McFEELY & Co., Ltd.,
Wholesale and Retail Hardware Merchants,
Apr 4tl»»3-
Senator Teller Misses Chance to Make
a Fortune.
Senator Teller, of Colorado, will
never forget Christmas day, 1880.
It was on that Christmas morning
he allowed to slip through his
hands a chance to make a million
dollars without putting up a single
dollar. Two of Senator Teller's
friends proposed to purchase the
Robert E. Lee mine at Leadville.
They were able to buy it for $ioo,-
000. On Christmas morning they
called around to see Mr. Teller,
told him what they proposed to do
and urged him to take a one-third
interest in the property.
"But I haven't any money,"
protested Mr. Teller.
" It makes no difference," he was
told. " You can give your notes,
and before* they come due we'll
take from the mine more gold than
. will be necessary to pay them."
" But suppose we don't realize
our expectations ?" suggested the
Senator, with caution.
" Then we will put up the money to meet the notes, and you need
- not trouble about them."
Senator Teller was assured that
his friends knew exactly what they
had in hand, but he didn't go in.
He thought as he had not the money
to put into the undertaking he had no
right to reap the reward, if there was
to be one. He was assured that
they wanted him in the deal, but
no persuasion could get him to accept the offer. One month later
the Robert E. Lee mine had yielded $200,000 of gold, and in a year
a total of $1,500,000 was taken out.
It proved to be one of the richest
pockets of gold that has ever been
found.—Washington Star.
The Way with the World.
Horace Greely, who is remem
bered as the editor who advisee
young men to go west, and was
known all over the United States,
before being defeated for president,
as the editor of the New York Tri-
.bune, once said :
" It is strange how closely men
read the papers. We never say
anything men don't like, but we
soon bear of it. If we happen to-
say a good thing, we never hear of
that, nobody seems to notice it.
We pay some man a hundred pufis,
and he takes it as a tribute to his
greatness—never thinks it does him
any good. But if we say something he does not like, or something he imagines reflects on his
character, then our evils are charged against us But we never apparently get any credit for the good
we do."
Subscribe for the Star, only $2
per annum.
Largest Sale in Canada'
A Strong
Manitoba Hard Wheat
and the Lake of the
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.
Hedley Meat Market,
Wholesale and Retail Dealers in
Saddle Horses to All Points in the Simil-
Wood, Vallance & Leggat, Ltd.,
Miners', Lumber and Mill Supplies.
B*   C*   Agents  for   Black  Diamond  Files*
Send us your orders by Mail, and they will re=
ceive Prompt and Careful Attention.
\ Hedley City Stored
A Complete New Stock of General flerchan-
y dise always on hand,
:C Groceries, Dry Goods, Men's Furnishings, Boots and Shoes; also
• Builder's  Supplies, Shingles, Doors, Windows, Paints, Wall
• Paper, Hardware, Stoves, Nails, Drill Steel,
5 Harness and Saddlery.
1  Headquarters for Enderby Hungarian Flour, Northwest Oats, &c
Advertise in the 1 STAR."
Hotel Tulameen
The Largest and Most Homelike Hotel in Princeton is now
open for the travelling public.
Our bar is stocked with the
Best of Wines, Liquors and
Cigars. Special efforts will be
made in the Cullinary Department, and tables will be furnished with the best the market
GEO. W. ALDOUS, Prop.;
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Princeton's Leading store I
A Large and Complete Stock of
Groceries,  Hardware, Clothing, Furnish=
ings, Boots and Shoes, Hats and
Caps, Flour and Feed, m
A Specialty is Mode of catering to the Prospector's wants.
Lake of thfeWoods==The Best Flour in the
World, always Carried in stock*
THE A. E. HOWSE CO., Limited.
British Columbia.
Lots for
• • •4^Cll.W • • •
From $2.00 to $ JO.
Per Front Foot.t£^
Size of Lots50xJ00
Ft. and 33x100 Ft.
Terms: J-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 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 Grovef
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Send for Map and Price List to «£ *& *£ *£ .&
Resident Manager VERMILION  FORKS


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