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"All Our Hopes are Summed Up in a.Railway."
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Enormous Mineral Resources, Affording: Rare Opportunities for Investment—A Railroad Will be Begun this Year and Prices Must Advance-
Excellent Smelter Sites With Abundant Water Power—Coal, Agricultural and Timber Lands—Placer and Ore Gold, Copper and Iron.
Vol. iv.   No. 43.
PRINCETON, B.C., SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6, \ 904.
$2 a Year, in Advance.
BILL ASKS NO BONDS THE BOARD OF TRADE
LET HIM BUILD
Railway Problem Solved if
Government Mean Business and Accept Hill's Offer
The railway question is the one all-
absorbing topic in these days of great
suspense throughout the Similkameen.
The common salute: "Any railway
news ?" gives but a faint idea of the
eagerness with which any old scrap of
information is heard or scanned. There
are some fifteen railway projects for the
local government to legislate upon, all
of which, with but one exception, are
clamoring for a money grant the total of
which would be about $30,000,000. The
"one exception" alluded to is that of
President Hill of the Great Northern who
will build a coast to Kootenay railway
through the Similkameen valley without
a dollar of bonus providing he is allowed
to deflect his line south of the international boundary line where better grades
are obtainable, less mileage of construction and the possibilities of greater tonnage more favorable than by any other
route.
Owing to the crippled condition of the
provincial treasury which forbids building a government line at a normal rate
of interest on loans, or even giving a
bonus, it is quite probable, and reasonable
to expect, that Mr. Hill's proposal will
be accepted by the government. The
people of the Similkameen are watching
very intently every move on the railway
checkerboard and any missplay on the
part of the government will meet with
the most condign condemnation.
The Victoria Times says : The visit of
J. W. Farrell, representing the Great
Northern, had undoubtedly much to do
with the question of a road from the
coast to Kootenay. It is not supposed
for a moment that this vexed question
was not discussed with the government
Pressure is constantly being brought to
bear upon the government by the members from the sections of the country interested to do something in the matter of
providing a railway. W. T. Shatford,
M.L.A. for Similkameen, is most enthusiastic in this work and is assisted by other
members farther east. McLean Bros.,
with a charter for an all-Canadian road,
are competitors with President Hill, who
seeks without bonus, to build the road
■where he sees fit. Many of the interior
members in their anxiety to get railway
connection are prepared to accept this
rather than wait for a better financial
position when an all-Conadian line can
be assisted. The K mloops, Nicola and
Similkameen Coal and Railway Co. is
also urging its claims upon the government. A deputation consisting of A. E.
Howse, J. E. Bate and S. L. Cleasby, of
Nicola, and G. B. Armstrong, of Lower
Nicola are asking that the bonds of the
company be guaranteed and there is no
doubt their request will be granted.
NEW flEflBERS
Vancouver's Board Protests
Assessment Act — Arable
and Grazing Lands.
Atthe meeting of the board of trade
Thursday evening there were present:
Messrs. Hall, Hunter, Bell, French,
E. Thomas, C. Thomas, Groves, Summers, Snowden, Murdoch, Jackson, Willerson, A. Hewat, R. Hewat, Waterman
and Wright.
Following routine communications
were read from J. Wardle of Hope re
railway petition ; from John K. Graham,
of Fairhaven, Wash., re opportunities
for stock-raising, ranching and lands for
purchase or homestead ; from Vancouver
board of trade per Wm. Skene, secretary,
re Assessment Act and enclosing resolutions as follows:
1 'Whereas this board considers that the
provisions adopted or confirmed in the
present Amendment Act will tend to
hamper trade: Be it resolved that this
board would urge upon the government
to appoint a commission, not of an official or political character, to report upon
the said Act and to make such recommendations as may seem advisable, and
further, that in case it be found by the
commission that the taxes levied under
the existing Act are unfair as applicable
to any particular business, indivinual or
firm, that the surcharge so levied be at
once remitted." Consideration of the
resolution resulted in the Princeton board
expressing full appreciation of tnefoene-
fits to be derived from action of the Vancouver board and advising secretary to so
inform that body along with its endorea-
tion of and accord with the resolution.
In the discussion relative to the Assessment Act the general question of increased
taxation arose. The inequalities of the
tax burden were pointed out and remedies suggested, the consensus of opinion
being that the members of the government would best evince their sincerity in
the matters of economy and retrenchment by shouldering a portion of the
people's burden by reducing legislative
expenses.
The amount of available grazing and
arable land was debated on consideration
of Mr. Graham's letter. Already over
15,000 acres have been settled upon and
purchased northwards of the Similkameen river in the vicinity of Princeton
and about half that amount south of the
river, not including a large area of land
covered by coal licenses. The latter was
considered detrimental to the settlement
of the country, and found expression in
the following resolution:
"Resolved—That the gqgerntnent be
respectfully asked to appoint a commis
sion with a view to the removal of the
surface rights now claimed by the coal
licensee under the Coal Mines Act and
that the land, so held, be made available
for settlement."
PRINCETON THE HUB
HATH ITS CHARMS
Situated in Centre of Agricultural and Mining Districts
Its Location is Ideal.
Editor Star—Sir: One of the most
beautiful locations in the interior of B.C.
is Princeton. Advantageously situated
at the confluence of the Tuiameen and
Similkameen rivers, it is the center of a
large district rich in a variety of minerals. The country around is generally
open with rolling hills, covered with luxuriant and most nutritious bunch grasses,
well supplied with lakes and streams and
containing considerable agricultural land.
The hillsides are capable of cultivation
to an extent that will ultimately greatly
increase the area of arable lands. Spring
wheat grows remarkably well on much
of the bench lands without irrigation.
Properly cultivated and irrigated, wheat,
oats, barley and rye do well. Potatoes
grow to a prodigious size, average yield
from 8 to 10 tons per acre. In the immediate vicinity of Princeton 3 lbs. of potatoes produced 19^ lbs. Cabbages
weigh from 20 to 25 lbs., cauliflowers 4 to
8 lbs. All kinds of vegetables do well,
also small fruits. Apple trees planted in
1901 bore fruit in 1903.
Notwithstanding that this; district is,
particularly adapted to dairying outside
points make regular shipments of butter
to supply our demands. For good dairy
butter a local market is afforded, and in
view of the constantly increasing demand the price is likely to remain as high
as at present. Forty cents a pound for
"ranch" butter was the lowest price paid
here during the last four years. Evi-
dently there is an opening for several
dairies.
Much has been said and written regarding the immense quantities of coal and
other minerals waiting development in
this vicinity. Yet too much has not been
said. With railway facilities the Princeton district offers much in the way of
mining and agricultural industries and is
bound to attract increased population.
Yours truly,
|A. BEW,.
Princeton, Feb  4.
Barr Hall is the possessor of a lightning
tooth extractor with which he relieves
toothache instanter. His latest patient
says it is a pleasure to have a tooth drawn
by him. He is also expert pulling pine
stumps as his natty grounds testify.
Valentine's day on the 14th. Lent begins on the 17th and Easter April 3rd.
Hotel at Penticton is now under management of Mr. Stewart and is much improved in every way.
The board of trade report and much
other reading matter has been curt&ledj
for want of space.
LOCAL PARAGRAPHS
MINERS' MEETING
Local Events and Personal
Mention — Sunday School
Organization   Announced.
A meeting of the Princeton branch of
the Mining Association will be held on
Friday evening next, Feb. 12th. By
courtesy of the board of trade the meeting will be held in its rooms, Bridge
street.
Trappers McLeod and Johnson report
small catches of fur. Animals are not
moving about much now owing to their
plentiful store of food and the snow.
Jas. Reith has bought the Richter hall
in Keremeos and will open a hotel in it.
George Aldous is erecting an addition
to the Tuiameen hotel which will serve
for cold storage and other purposes.
Private letter was received from H. H.
Pigott at Oak Lake, Manitoba. At the
time of writing Mr. Pigott didn't know
that he had been arrested, as stated by
some "yellow" newspapers with 'flaming
heads.' Mr. Pigott will probably demand
redress for his outraged feelings and theX^
Associated Press will no doubt refute thek^j
obnoxious telegram and humbly beg, &<£.
? /Tusfk French and his partner, O. Rain,
Raptured a whole pile of bushytail rats
'and a pair of pretty bluejays while at
work threshing on the Johnson ranch.
Tuck says that the fur on the bushytails
is short and thin and the odor 'loud' from
which he predicts an early spring and
the railroad next summer.
The Philadelphia Record says: A sig
nificant fact is stated by Bradstreet's. It
has investigated the failures in the business world for a long term of \ears and
reports as the result, that of the establishments which have failed, 80 per cent
have not been advertisers. The cause of,
failure is quite evident.
Geo. McCoskery was in town this week
in connection with a logging contract
for the Similkameen Sawmill Co.
Geo. Aldous is erecting a cold storage
building at the rear of the Tuiameen.
Miss Ethel Thynne came in on last
Nicola stage and is the guest of Mr. and
Mrs. B. Thomas.
While the schools of B. C. practice
the modern way of spellings-dropping
the "u" in such words as honour—the
government still holds to the ancient and
useless method. Who says the government is up-to-date.
Everyone interested in Bible study and
the formation of a Sunday school should
attend at the school house, Sunday, at 2
p.m.
The first number of the British Columbia Lumberman is at hand and presents
an inviting appearance. It is well edited
and is full of information relating to
timber craft.
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THE    SIMILKAMEEN    STAR
February 6, 1904
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The Similkameen Star
Published Weekly at
— Princeton, B. C. —
—BY—
The Princeton Publishing Co.
A. E.  Howse, Manager.
SUBSCRIPTION RATES
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Payable Invariably in Advance.
Subscribers will confer a favor on this office by
promptly reporting any change in address or
rrejjularity in receipt of their paper.
Advertising rates furnished on application.
Legal notices 10 and 5 cents per line.
Four weekly insertions constitute one month
advertising.
All cheques to be made payable to
A. E. HOWSE.
EDITORIAL NOTES.
The totally insufficient sum of
$7,000 in the estimates brought
down by the provincial government
for the riding of Similkameen has
already provoked no little adverse
comment from those who are
exponents of the various political
creeds and also by those of no creed
whatever. Considering the size
and resources of the riding, the
almost wholly deficient appropriations in the past, the excess of revenue over expenditure in this district and the crying need of new
roads along, with the disgraceful
condition of roads already built,
the complaint made as to the pygmean dole for public works in this
constituency has am pie justification.
Though Cariboo gets $30,000 and
has a telegraph line running its
whole length, no fault can be found
with the amount appropriated, but
the disparity between $7,000 and
$30,000 is so striking that even the
blind government follower can see
it. Without telegraphic communi-
\ cation and poor postal arrangements
the first thought of the local government should be to counteract
those deficiencies by making good
roads to the mining camps and outlying settlements. No safer nor
more reproductive investment can
oe made than the making of good
roads in a new and resourceful country such as this. But the policy of
British Columbia governments is,
and has been, apparently, to invest
as little as possible in roads and put
large sums of money into ornamentation, such as the parliament buildings, costing a million and a half
dollars! 	
The marks of the prentice band
are plainly discernible in the attempts to economize and retrench
as shown by the estimates. To lop
off expenditure one-half for needed
public works is the most false of all
economies. Any schoolboy knows
that money spent in the development of the country, such as building railways, bridges, roads and encouraging industries by low taxation or in any legitimate way assisting enterprise, is bound to return
an increased public revenue. Yet,
in the department of public works,
by far   the  most reproductive of
any of the departments if properly
conducted, the estimates are reduced
a half of last year's. Is that not
enough to paralyze progress and
wither the hopes of the people ?
Any new country that cannot show
an increase in its public works expenditure is surely deteriorating
and indicates a sad want of statesmanship. There could hardly be
a more effective way of injuring the
credit of the province in the eyes
of the moneylender than by a parsimonious public works policy.
In the immediate vicinity of
Princeton there is urgent need for
the expenditure of a large sum of
money on public works, viz : The
conversion of the delapidated Hope
trail into a wagon road ; the building of the Aspen Grove road ; roads
to outlying settlements and camps
and a road to Copper mountain.
The survey for the latter road was
made before the elections and the
report circulated that construction
would immediately follow, but alas !
no sign of building yet.
What this province is now suffering from is an incubus of officials
and legislators. The country could
be managed with half the number,
the other haif being tinselly ornamentation. Three men, and a boy
to do chores, should be the limit of
the cabinet, thus saving about $15,-
000 in ministerial salaries and perquisites annually. If Premier Mc-
Bride would use the pruning-knife
among some of his indolent employees and the more ornamental
and non-producing departments
rather than curtail a productive department like that of public works
he and his government would be
more popular.
For a government that is reduced
almost to beggary to ignore the
offer made by President Hill of the
Great Northern to build a railway
through the Similkameen without
a bonus, is conclusive proof of
"something rotten" in the administration of affairs. However, the
promised railway policy of the government to be brought before the
House soon will show whether the
government intends to keep the
promises made prior to election or
not. President Hill's proposition
should be closed with at once on
the one condition that it be built
in a year, working from both ends.
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.
JAS. CLARK
WATCHMAKER
1m'.'.. and JEWELLER
ALL   WORK WARRANTED
Hedley and Princeton
NOTICE.
'T'HIRTY days from date I intend to apply to
* the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works
for a license to prospect for coal on the following
described lands :—
Commencing at a post marked Jos. Graham's
N.W. corner, adjoining W. McDonald's S.E. corner.
And running 80 chains south, 80 chains east,
80 chains north, 80 chains west, back to post, in
all 640 acres. JOS. GRAHAM, Locator,
Nicola, Dec. 8,1903.
NOTICE.
THIRTY days from date I intend to apply to
the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works
for a license to prospect for coal on the following
described lands:—
Commencing at a post marked L. Quinville's
N.E. corner and adjoining W, N. Murray's N.W.
cornea*
And running 80 chains south, 80 chains west, 80
chains north, 80 chains east, back to post, in
all 640 acres. L- QUINVILLF, Locator,
JOS. GRAHAM, Agent.
Nicola, Dec. 11, 1903
NOTICE.
Tphirty days after date I intend to apply to the
*   Chief Commissioner of I ands and Works for
a license to prospect for coal on the following described land:—
Commencing at a post on the east and adjoining Jos. Graham's coal location;
And running 80 chains north > 80 chains east, 80
chains south, 80 chains west, back to post, containing in all 640 acres.
H. W. ELLIOTT, Locator,
JOS. GRaHAM, Agent.
Nicola, Dec. 8,1903.
NOTICE.
Queen Alexandria and Marquis of Lome min-,
eral claims, situate in the Similkameen mining division of Yale district. Where located:
Copper mountain.
Take notice that I, Robert Stevenson, agent for
Ernest Victor Bodwell, free miner's certificate*
No. B79660, intend, sixty days from the date*
hereof, to apply to the mining recorder for a c€f-
tiflcate of improvements, for the purpose of obJ
taining a crown grant of the above claim.
And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such certificate of improvements.
NOTICE.
"D-C" mineral claim, situate in the Similkameen
mining division of Yale district. Where
located: On Otter creek, west of and near
McPhail's ranch.
Take notice that I, Sydney R. Almond, acting
as agent for the other owners and myself: i. e.,
John A. Cairns, free miner's certificate No. B
56324, James Snowden, free miner's certificate
No. B72028 and Sydney R. Almond, free miner's
certificate No. B744.27, intend, sixty days from the
date hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for
a certificate of improvements, for the purpose of
obtaining a crown grant of the above claim.
And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such certificate of improvements.
Dated this 21st day of September, a.c. 1903,
S. R. ALMOND.
NOTICE.
Morning Star and Blue Bell mineral claims, situate in the Similkameen mining division of
Yale district.  Where located : Summit camp.
Take notice that Alexander D. Ross, free miner's certificate No. B72016, intends, sixty days from
the date hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder
for a certificaie of improvements for the purpose
of obtaining a crown grant of the above claims.
And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such Certificate of Improvements.
Dated this 26th day of September, A.D. 1903.
Alex. D. Ross.
NOTICE.
Huckleberry mineral claim, situate in the Similkameen mining division of Yale district.
Where located : Kelly creek.
Take notice that Alexander D. Ross, free miner's certificate No. B72016, intends, sixty days
from the date hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for a Certificate of Improvements, for the
purpose of obtaining a Crown Grant of the above
claim.
And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such Certificate of Improvements.
[jjipDated this 26th day of September, A.D. 1903.
Alex. D. Ross.
NOTICE.
Anuie L. mineral claim. Situate in the Similkameen Mining Division of "V_le distxjJjEl
Where located : Copper Mountain.
Take notice that I, F. W. Groves, acting as
agent for A. W. Smith, free miner's certificate
No £71517 and Patrick H. Kennedy, free miner's
certificate No. B56376, intend, sixty days
from the date hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for a certificate of improvements, for the
purpose of obtaining a Crown grant Ot^Ke above
claim.
And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such certificate of improvements.
Dated|this 24th day of November, 1903.
.-.-.RUBBER STAilPS.-.-.
Seals, Stencils, Price Markers, Print
ing Wheels, NumberingUMachines-
Band Dating and Numbering Stamps,
Check Perforators, Rubber Type, Printing Presses. &c, &c.
FRANKLIN STAHP WORKS,
Vancouver, B. C,
NOTICE of FORFEITURE
To GEORGE H. SPROULE or whomsoever he
!;, may have transferred his interest in Mount'
Temple - mineral claim, situate on Rabbit
Mountain on the Tuiameen river and about
one and one-half miles from Otter Flat in the
Yale mining district in the province of British
Columbia.
You are hereby notified that I have expended $214.00 in labour and improvements upon the
above mentioned mineral claim under the provisions of the Mineral Act, and if within
ninety days from the date of this notice
you fail or refuse to contribute your proportions of the above mentioned sum, being $107.00,
which is now due and payable, together with
all costs of advertising, your interest in said
claim will become the property of the undersigned, under Section 4 of the Mineral Act
Amendment Act, iqoo.
Dated this 21st day of November, 1903.
M. McGONIGLE, Fairview.
NOTICE of FORFEITURE
To GEORGE H. COLLINS, of the City of Greenwood, B.C. ':'?,V*'/
Take notice that after the publication hereof
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 135, Revised Statutes of British
Columbia, 1897, in respect of the Little Pittsburgh, Whale, Bullon Beck and Florence
mineral claims, situate on Twenty-Mile creek, in
the Osoyoos Mining Division of Yale District, British Columbia, together with all costs of
advertising, your interest in said claim shall become vested in your co-owner, Thomas Brad-
shaw, of Twenty-Mile Creek, Free Miner, who
has made the required expenditure.
The amount due by you in respect of each of
the said mineral claims, not including costs, is
$25.62^.
Dated this 21st day of November, 1903.
£k8!S THOMAS BRADSHAW.
NOTICE of FORFEITURE
To ANTONIO SCARPELLI and any person to
whom he may have transferred his interest in
the Victoria and Two Brothers mineral claims
situate at 16-Mile Creek in the Osoyoos mining
division of Yale district.
You are hereby, required to take notice that I
have expended for recording certificates of work
done ou the above claims for the years ending
Tune 10, 1901 and June 10, 1902, the sum of Ten
Dollars, being an expenditure nee essary to enable me to hold said claims and you are herety
required to contribute vour share or proportion of such expenditure, namely, Three Dollars
and thirty-three and one-third cents, together
with all cost of advertising. If you fail or refuse
to contribute such amount, including advertising, within ninety days from date of first publication of this notice in the Similkameen Star,
your interest will become vested In me, your co-
owner, under the provisions of the Mineral Act
and Amending Acts.
DatedJthis 12th day of December, 1903.
FRANCESCO FERA.
NOTICE.
Similkameen mineral claim, situate in the Similkameen mining division of Yale district.
Where located: On Kennedy mountain.
Take notice that I, F. W. Groves,, free miner's
certificate No. B72044 acting for myself and John
McLean, free miner's certificate No. B61810, intend sixty days from the date hereof, to abply to
the mining recorder for a certificate of improvements, for the purpose of obtaining a crown
grant of the above claim.
And further take notice that action, under section 37 must be commenced before the issuance
of such certificate of improvements.
Dated this 3rd day of October, 1903.
F. W. Groves.
NOTICE.
Summit No. 2 mineral claim, situate in the Similkameen mining division of Yale district.
Where located : Summit Camp.
Take notice that Frank Lambert, free miner's
certificate No. B77121, intend, sixty days from the
date hereof, to apply to the mining recorder for
a certificate of improvements, for the purpose of
obtaining a crown grant of the above claim.
And further lake rotice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such Certificate of Improvements.
Dated this 26th day of September, A.D. 1903.
Frank Lambert.
NOTICE.
l^OTICE is hereby given that sixty days after
1^ date I intend to apply to the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for permission to
purchase 160 acres of mountain land, described as follows: commencing at a post
marked Frank Bailey's S.E. corner, at the S.W.
corner cf lot 1968, thence north to the N.E. corner
of lot'2465. thence following the boundary of said
lot 2465 to the S.W. corne. of same on the north
bank of the Similkameen, thence down the Similkameen river to point of commencement and
containing 160 acres more or less.
FRANK BAILEY, Applicant.
Dated November 6th, 1903.
NOTICE.
Arlington, Canadian Belle, Canadian Boy Fraction, mineral claims, situate in the Similkameen    mining    division   of  Yale   district.
Where located : Oh Copper mountain, east of
Wolf creek.
Take notice that I, N. F. Townsend, acting as
agent for Richard Seeman   free miner's certificate No. 675477, intend, sixty days from the date
hereof, to apply to the  Mining Recorder for a
Certificate of Improvements, for the purpose of
obtaining a Crown Grant of the above claims.
And further take notice that action, under section 37, must be commenced before the issuance
of such Certificates of Improvements.
Dated this 21st day of August, A.D, 1903.
N. F. Townsbnd.
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THE    SIMILKAMEEN    STAR
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RAILWAY JOTTINGS.
Late advices from the Boundary are
that C. A. DesBrisay, right-of-way agent
for the Great Northern, has completed
the purchase of all the necessary rights
of way for the extension of the V.V. &
E. to Phoenix. It is expected construction will begin within 90 days.
The latest plan of the Hill subsidiary
company, known as the Vancouver,
Westminster & Yukon railway, is to extend its line from Port Guichon on the
Fraser river to Point Roberts. Not only
will this shorten the distance of the
ferry from Vancouver island, but it will
give this portion of the Coast-Kootenay
line a terminus at a splendid harbor,
SALEof GOVERNMENT LAND
gj      BY TENDER,   jm
l^OTICE is hereby given that under instruc-
^' tions. sealed tenders endorsed ''Tender for
Lot 24S5, Osoyoos," will be received by the undersigned up to noon on
Wednesday, the 16th day or March,
next,
for the purchase of Lot 2465, Group I, Osoyoos
Division of Yale District, lying west of and
adjoining the townsita of Similkameen City,
and containing 100 acres by admeasurement.
Every tender must be accompanied by cash or
marked cheques equal to 20 per cent, of the
amount tendered. This deposit will be forfeited
in case the balance of the purchase money is not
paiu within sixty days of the notification of the
acceptance of a tender, and returned if the tender is not accepted.
The highest or any tender uot necessarily
accepted.
L. NORRIS,
Assistant Commissioner of Lands and
Works.
Vernon, B.C., January 29th, 1004.
NOTICE.
'THIRTY days after date I intend to appiy to
*    the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works
for a license to prospect for coal on the following
described lands:
Commencing at a pest placed on the left bank
of the Similkameen river about 5 miles south of
Princeton and marked E. Waterman's S.W. corner and adjoining A. Hickling's N.W. corner.
And running 80 chains north, 80 chains east, 80
chains south, 80 chains west to point of commencement, in all 640 acres.
E. WATERMAN, Locator,
Dated January 31st, 1904.
NOTICE.
'"Phirty days after date I intend to apply to the
i    Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works for
a licence to prospect for coal on the following
described lands:
Commtnc ng at a post marked A. Hickling's
N.W. corner placed on left bank of Similkameen
river about 5 miles south of Princeton,
And running south 80 chains, east 80 chains
north 80 chains, west 80 chains to point of commencement, ccntaming 640 acres.   .
A. Hickling, Locator,
E. Waterman, Agent.
Dated January 31st, 1904
In the Supreme Court
of British Columbia.
In the matter of Charles Johnson,
deceased, and in the matter of the
■ Intestate Estates Act."
Pursuant to an order made herein, tenders,
addressed to the Administrator in care of the
undersigned, will be received up to the
TENTH DAY OF MARCH, 1904,
for the purchase of the pre-emption claim of the
above named deceased, situate in the Nicola
division of Yale district, and described as being
situated on the north side of the Tuiameen river,
about four miles west of Princeton, B.C. and
formerly occupied by Charles Johnson.
Tenders shall state (1) the amount offered for
the same after Crown grant. It is required that
the party or parties whose tender may be accepted shall execute an agreement for the purchase
of the lands and shall upon the execution thereof
pay to the administrator thirty per cent of the
purchase moneys or as the Court may direct.
The highest or any tender not necessarily accepted. Further particulars may be obtained
upon application to the undersigned.
Dated the 18th of January, 1904.
L.   P.   ECKSTEIN,    Morrison    block,    Grand
Forks, B.C., Solicitor for Charles B. Petersonif
the Administrator, Grand Forks, B.C.
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February 6, 1904
NICOLA AND SIMILKAMEEN.
Deputation   Interview    Government
on Railway Question.
Five delegates were  recently sent by
the Vancouver board of trade to interview the provincial government in reference to a railway to the Similkameen and
Nicola districts.   The delegates endeavored to   impress    ministers   McBride,
Green  and  Fulton with the great need
of a railway to   these   rich mineral sections and stated   that they had hoped
the V.V. & E. would build, but as that
project was still "hanging fire" it would
not be amiss to go on with the building
of the Spence's  Bridge,  Kamloops and
Nicola railway.    They   urged   that the
government should aid the road and as
the grade was easy and the road could be
built within six months the stimulus to
the  country   would   be such that there
would be great mining development and
thus give ample room for two roads.
Premier McBride replied that he was
fully in accord with what had been said
and fully aware that aid should be given
to a railway into the Nicola lake district.
Furthermore, he would admit that in his
opinion, in spite of the fact that the government had been asked for eleven charters for railways in different parts of the
province, that there was.the most urgent
need for a railway to the Similkameen
and Nicola valleys. The government
had also been asked for aid for the V.V.
& E. The questson was: with all the
demands on the government and the lack
of funds in the treasury, to find ways
and means to afford this aid. He had
made trips to the Similkameen and Nicola districts during political campaigns
and had promised the people that he
would, if his government were sustained,
give financial aid for railway communication. At that time, however, he had
no idea of the state of the finances and
when he took office and found a much
depleted treasury, it placed him in a position that he did not think he would be
placed in connection with those promises. He appreciated all that had been
said, however, and he assured the delegates that the government was fully
alive t'o the necessity of having transportation facilities and would take their
suggestions into earnest consideration
with a view of devising some means to
bring about the state of affairs they so
much desired.
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THE    SIMILKAMEEN    STAR
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Another  Tribute to  Laurier's   Wisdom and Statecraft.
The railway commission appointed
by the provisions of the Railway Act,
1903, came into operation on Monday last
by an order-in-council. The Act as assented to is sweeping in its power to govern Canadian railroad freight and passenger tariffs, classifications and service.
According to the Act this power is now
given to the railway commission which
consists of three members, who are supplied with a secretary. The salary of the
chief commissioner is f 10,000per annum,
that of the two other commissioners
$8,000 and that of the secretary $5,000.
The freight classification of all railroads is controlled by the commissioners,
and alterations in it cannot be made ex
cept with the sanction of the board.
Any classification in use in the United
States may, subject to the board's approval, be used with respect to traffic to and
from the United States.
If the tariffs of any railroad are deemed
unjust or unreasonable they may be disallowed by the board, and other tolls
may be prescribed. All freight and passenger tariffs must be filed with the board
for approval, the same to be given before
any alteration in tariffs can be made
effective.
To give the railway companies time to
comply with the act with regard to tolls
it is stipulated that tolls may be charged
under the law as it stood immediately
before the enforcement of the act has
been three months in force, or until such
later date as the board may by order in
any case, or by regulation, fix and allow-
By the terms of the Act no discrimination in- tolls or charges shall be made by
any railroad against or in favor of any
locality or individual, nor shall any discrimination be shown any localities, companies or individuals in the supplying of
freight cars.
It is made unlawful for any railroad to
give special passenger rates or free trans
portation to shippers of freight. This
order will tend to relieve the freight
traffic official of embarrassment when his
largest freight shipper applies to him for
reduced rates for the transportation of
himself and family about the country.
Members of parliament and the board of
railway commissioners must, however,
be furnished with free transportation.
The railway commissioners are Hon. A.
G. Blair; chairman ; Hon. M. E. Bernier
and Dr. James Mills. The secretary has
not yet been appointed.
Humorous.
Johnny's Essay on the Hog—The hog
is called a hog b'cuz he makes a hog of
hisself. It runs in the family. All hogs
are hogs. The hog has two sides to his
character, one of which is good to eat
and the other we can't so cordjully admire. As an article of diet the hog is
one of the warmest friends of the human
race that I know of. Most of him is good
for food and the rest of him is useful in
making sausages and brushes. Nearly
everything about him iz palateable but
his voice. When I eat too much pa calls
me a pig. A pig is a hog's little boy.
This is all I know about the hog.
"Are your daughter's singing lesson's
worth the price you are paying for them?"
'•Oh, yes! Why, I've just bought that
house next door for three thousand dollars, A month ago the owner wanted ten
thousand for it."
"Why did you leave your last place?"
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