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Princeton is the   Coming Town in/this Valley==Boost Her
Published in the interest of Princeton and Similkameen district.
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Vol. vii.   No. 40.
PRINCETON, B.C., SATURDAY,  DECEMBER 29,  1906.
$2 a Year, in Advance
PROVINCIAL   LEGISLATURE    DISSOLVED!'A NARROW  ESCAPE
Nominations   Set  for  Jan.   19  and
/Elections  Feb.! 2nd—House to
;/J; Meet March 7.
The sudden dissolving of the House might have
/caused some surprise had not the people of British Columbia
been acquainted with McBride and his peculiar ways. In
springing Hhe elections upon the people he hopesi*to secure a
snap verdict that will place him and his discredited colleagues
in power for another season of spDliatiori, but he will find
His Majesty's loyal Opposition ready and anxious for the
fray.    His little  Green by-play will not gain him any votes.
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A despatch was- received by the Star
Wednesday night confirming the many
rumors of an early appeal to the country
hy the tottering McBride Government.
The sinking ship of stale and rebellious
crew threw their Jonah (Bob Green)
overboard preparatory to the general
elections. His resignation from the Department of Lands and Works is his last
act in the drama of corruption which has
so disgraced this Province in the eyes of
the world. He and Premier McBride
should have resigned long ago instead of
making an eleventh hour admission of
their guilt. Green's resignation ends a
career of unique perversity and graft, the
other ministers in the McBride cabinet
being accomplices and partakers of the
shame and dishonor which he begot.
Had his colleagues and supporters in the
house done their duty to the country
Green could not have prolonged his
political existence to this late day. With
him falls "the first Conservative Government British Columbia has ever -had''
and an outraged people have their
remedy in a long required change. The
ibjlowing telegram is self explanatory :
Victoria, Dec. 26.—[Special.]—Provincial House dissolved yesterday. Proclamation issued to day. Election four
weeks later, Feb. 23rd.
A later despatch says the date for nominations is Jan. 19th, and the elections
are set for February 2. The House is
called to meet March 7th.
The very idea of bringing on an elec
tion within a fortnight of the nominations, shows that the Government believe
their only chance of victory lies in finding the Liberals unprepared, and also to
Parent an exposure of their rottenness
orPthe public platform. This is what
MjBride would st\le "British fair play."
Let every Liberal buckle on his armor
and get in the ranks, and stand shoulder
to shoulder in the coming between the
people and the people's oppressors. If
they do victory will rest on their side,
and right and justice reign supreme.
Considering the short tin;e elapsing
between nomination day and election,
the Star would suggest the waiving of a
nominating convention and would propose giving Smith Curtis a clear and
unanimous field without delav.
LOAL AND  GENERAL.
On and after Jan. ist anyone having
I business with the Star are requested to
transact  it at the Star office.
W. C McDougall returned on Saturday
last from the coast, where he had gone
on business in connection with the
United Empire mine. The legal difficulties pertaining to this property have all
been straightened out and Mr. McDougall
returns with the necessary papers giving
him full control.
The Vancouver Province takes the
Star to task for saving that Vancouver
had a snowiall of three feet, and says:
"The Princeton Star ccntains the cheering information that three feet of snow
has fallen in Vancouver. Somebody
must have been measuring the snowfall
on Grouse mountain, or the Lions, or
maybe the Star compositor set up "snow"
instead of "rain." As the Province
seems to be in the apology business of
late, the Star will get in line with it, and
wishes to make a most strenuous apology
to Miss Vancouver for stating that she
had been visited by a three foot snowfall,
and at the same time would advise Mr.
Province to get wise and "come in out of
the wet."
Hon, Mr. Lemieux, Minister of Labor
in the Dominion Government, has given
notice of a bill to aid in preventing and
settling strikes and lockouts in coal
mines, which is based upon the recom-
mendationa of Mackenzie Ki m in his report on the settlement of the Lethbridge
coal strike.
From Serious Accident at Red
Bluff on Nicola Road-One
&&■ Horse   Killed.
There came nearly being a most serious,
accident on the road between here and
Granite Creek, las Saturday, at a point
known as Red BluNf, when the Princeton
bound stage nret the freight wagon of
Dan Munroe■ F0" »n.alet^v £or jJJ"x\ n-
rerned nothing more serious than the
loss of a horse occurred.
Owing to tl e bad
roads the stage was several hours behind
time and was coming along as fast as
possible, when on reaching Red Bluff
it came face to face with Munroe's
freighi team. Red Bluff, which is afcout
nine miles from Princeton, overlooks the
Tulameen river and is the most dangerous part of the Nicola Princeton road.'
Ev:n in summer when the roads are at
their best it next to impossible for two
teams to pass, and it can be imagined
what it is like in winter with two or three
feet of snow on the ground.
' Munroe's wagon being heavily loaded,
the stage took the outs-ide and tried to
effect a passing with the result that the
off leader lost his footing and went over
the bluff and it was nothing short of
miraculous that the stage didn't follow
suit the only thing apparently preventing it being the unusually heavy load
carried including several passengers.
The horse was suspended^over the bluff
by the harness and efforts were made to
haul the poor best up to the road, but
before this could be accomplished the
horse expired through exhaustion and
cold. When he was cut loose the carcass
plunged down into the river some hundreds of feet below.
After hours of hard work the stage sue-*
ceeded in getting clear, hitched on Munroe's leaders and reached Princeton about
7 o'clock.
This is not the first accident to happen
at this particular spot, nor is it the only
dangerous place on the road. Peterson's
grade, some four miles from here, is a
also a bad spot; in fact anything but an
expert driver and one who knows the
road well, is taking his life in his hands
every time he drives over' it summer or
winter. The least the Government could
do would be to have made turnouts at
short intervals along the more dangerous
grades. A year ago last November Premier McPride and Chief Commissioner
Green passed over this road arid faithfully promised to have the necessary le
pairs made. But McBride is noted for
handing out promises, and nothing was
done in the matter. L. W. Shatford, who
is supposed to represent this constituency
in  the Local Legislature, aud   who,   ac-
sHouse on Friday evening/iast, and prov-
eria most enjoyable affair. The little
folks were all presented With handso
presents by Santa Claug'mtn?!? to t
joy. ^*SClns>-'>£tf6^feJHffie pres/;
much appreciated by the large*t^
and received well merited app
Light/efreshments were served ai
mostffnjoyable evening was broughtV,
a close with an impromptu dance.
The Misses Lyall. who engineered the
affair have handed in the following statement; Total receipts as per subscription
list. $86.50; sundry accounts paid as per
vouchers, $77.80; balance on hand, $8.70;
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curding to the Hedley Joke, has great influence with the Government, is appar-
tntly too busy elsewhere to look after
Princeton's   interests. Probably   the
Shatford Limited would'nt make anything out of work carried on so far away
from home. True, "we have had a lockup all along," 4tc; that should suffice. -
This road question is a serious one, and
•now when.an election is on is the Uime
^to make the needs of Princeton in tills
and other respects known in no uncertain*,
manner. \
XMAS TREE  ENTERTAINMENT.
■The entertainment gotten  up   for   the
purpose of  providing a   Christmas   tree
iuid entertainnjent for   the -children'  in
condition   of   the! this vicinity, took   place/in . the   Court
GOOD ADVERTISING AGENT.
. C. O. French   has  been   extolling  the
Similkameen to Washingtonians through
the medium of the press.    He points out
to them that as soon  as railroad connec-'
tion   is established   via  the V., V. & E.
and Great Northern it will be possible to
supply them with a  first  class quality of
coal  at  little  more than half what the/,
now pay for an inferior article.    Price of
coal now  ranges from $10 to $12 per ton
in central Washington,   which   with reasonable  freight    rates    from   Princeton
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THE    SIMII/KAMEEN    STAR
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The S&iilkameen Star
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Published weekly at
PRINCETON,  B.C.
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The Princeton Publishing Co.
B   STONE KENNEDY, Editor.
COLUMBIA   AND    WESTERN
RAILWAY HISTORAT.
SUBSCRIPTION  RATE:
Oue Year,
Payable? iu Advance.
$2.00
Subscribers will confer a favor on this office by
promptly reporting any change in address or
irregularity in receipt of their paper.
Advertising rates furnished on application.
Legal n.'itices 10 and 5 ceuts per line.
FourvveeKli   in sen ions constitute  one month
. advertising.
SAl'L/HivAV.   UEC.  29,1906.
AN   ELEVENTH HOUR   ACT,
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Under date of Victoria, Dec. 22,
the Nelson News publishes the following startling bit of news: "Like
a bolt from the blue came   the announcement late to-night that Hon.
R  F. Green,   Chief   Commissioner
of Lands and Works, has resigned.
The explanation   offered publicly is
that this is owing to pressure of private business.     The greatest  con-
s'ternatioii prevails in   Government
circles, and the feeling   is   general
that this administers the   coup   de
-grace to the McBride. Government."
Although it has been  hinted   at
for some time   that   the   McBride-
Socialist Government were planning
to make a scape goat of the  Chief
.Commissioner, there  are  few  Vho
>ought tjiat Green would be kicked
^Zis late hciu?» Aftert'te Kaien
yd investigation, pregnant with
iling disclosures  in  regard   to
een's connection with that ^can-
<oalous piece of business, many were
the demands made for his dismissal,
all of which received   a   deaf  ear
from McBride, the reason   being no
do.ibt that the Premier was inseparably bound up with the Chief Commissioner's  "doings."    The   question  that   now  presents   itself  is,
What has brought about  this sudden change in the   political   situation?    Has a disruption taken place
in the  Ministerial   ranks,   or   has
the Hon. Mr. Green been handed a
Xmas   plum   sufficiently large   to
induce him to step down  and  out?
We are inclined to believe the latter
theory.    In any case   it   will   net-
tend, to makethe_Ec*uBi
The part played by the Columbia
& Western land steal in the politics^
of British Columbia has been receiving considerable attention of
late both in the press and from the
public platform, and the Star pro
poses at this opportune time to give
a short concise history of this gigantic steal.
The Columbia & Western Railway Co. was incorporated by the
Legislature of British Columbia in
the year 1896 with power to build
a line of railway from Trail, on the
Columbia River, to Okanagan Lake
and from Trail to the International
boundary in a south-easterly direction. The promoters then asked
the Legislature for a land subsidy
amounting for a broad guage road
to 20,000 acres per mile. The promoters represented to the members
of the Legislature that immense
bodies of low grade ores existed in
tbe district to be traversed by this
road, and that the construction of
this road would afford the requisite
transportation facilities necessary to
aJtowMjiesap'jJinense ore bodies to
De mined and smelted in British
Columbia, and that T>y. connecting
this road with steam barges upon
Okanagan Lake and these barges
again with the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway and the main line of
the C. P. R., a new and more direct route between the coast cities
and the irines in the Boundary
Creek district and Rossland would
be opened up. It was represented
that the opening up of this new
route and the increased traffic
which would undoubtedly result
would make the Shuswap and
Okanagan Railway a paying instead of a losing concern. In addition to this that it would lead to
the settlement and improvement of
all the available lands not only con-
tigious to the railway itself, but
also the lands surrounding Okanagan Lake, and would provide the
very best possible market for tbe
agricultural products of .the Okanagan and Spallumcheen Valleys.
To summarize the benefits which
were to be derived fro.n the construction of this railway, they are:
The development of our mineral resources; the smelting of our ores in
B. C; the development of our agricultural resources, from the Columbia River through to Sicamous,
converting the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway from a losing to a
paying proposition; diverting to
the coast cities the trade which was
going south to the United States.
Upon these representations, and
having in view the attaining of the
aoove results, the Legislature in
1896 passed an act !.o subsidize the
oL'Canadian and Western to the ex-
kL- tent of 10,240 acres per mile for a
narrow guage road or 20.000   acres
per mile for a standard guage road,
for that portion of its road from
Trail to Okanagan "upon the conditions of their constructing the
said Columbia and Western Railway within the time and according
to the terms of their Act of Incorporation," to use the words of the
Act itself.
It will be observed that the
granting of the subsidy was conditioned upon two essential points,
namely: THE COMPLETION
OF THE ROAD TO OKANAGAN £AKE, that being what the
Act of Incorporation called for, and
WITHIN THE TIME MENTIONED, which was five years
from the 17th of April, 1896. To
emphasize the condition in respect
to time, the company were required
to give security to the extent of
$50,000, which was to be forfeited
to the Province in case of fiilure to
build within the time mentioned.
The subsidy was made payable
from time to time as the work progressed, thus the lands" earned by.
the construction of sections one and
three were payable when these sections were built; the subsidy for
section four was payable when section five was built, and the subsidy
for sections five, and six when the
whole road was completed, BUT
NO LAND WAS TO BE GRANTED THAT HAD NOT BEEN
SURVEYED ACCORDING TO
THE LAND LAWS OF THE
PROVINCE !
The history of the road as to
construction may be summarized
thus: ist section, Trail to Robson,
built. 2nd.section, spur to International boundary, not built. 3rd
section, Robson to Christina Lake,
built. 4th section, Christina Lake
to Midway, built. 5th and 6th
sections, Midway to Penticton, not
built. The company claimed and
had granted to it the land subsidy
for section one and part of section
three This land was not then and
and is not yet surveyed. The subsidy while it might be earned as
construction went on, was based
upon the construction of the whole
road to Okanagan Lake and NO
LAND was to be granted that was
not designated and surveyed within seven years from the passing of
STAY
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THE
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THE
LEADING
HOTEL
TIMBER NOTICE.
Notice is hereby given that 30 days from date
I intend to apply to the Chief Commissioner of
Lands and Works for a special licence to cut and
carry away timber from the following described
lands situated in the Similkameen District :
1. Commencing at a post planted on the north
side of the Nicola wagon road, about six miles
from Princeton, and marked -'Adelmer Snyder's
north-east corner." thence west 80 chains, south
80 chains east 80 chains along bank of the Tulameen river, north 80 chains to point of commencement. ADELMER SNYDER,
Dec. 13, 1906. J. M. Wright, Agent.
2. Commencing at a post planted near the
S.E. corner of lot I5r, marked "Electa Snyder's
southwest corner," thence east So chains, north
80 chains, west 80 chains, south 8ochainstofcoint
of commencement.     ELECTA SNYDER,
Dec  13  1906.    [38—47]   J. M. Wright, Agent.
NOTICE.
SIXTY DAYS after date I intend   to   apply to
the   Chief   Commissioner    of   Lands   and
Works for permission to purchase  80  acres   of,
pasture land  situated in   the Yale   Division   cf ,t
Yile District, described as follows:
Commencing at the south-west corner of lot
300, thence east 20 chains to the^north-west cor.
of lot 124; thence south 40 chains to the northeast cor. oflot 230; thence west 20 chains; thence
north 40 chains to point of commencement, containing 80 acres. WM. S. WILSON.
Princeton, B. C, 24th Nov.. 1906. 36t8
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NOTICE.
Sixty days after date I intend to apply to the   |
Chccf Commissioner of Lands and Works for li- jS"
censes to   prospect   for  coal on   the   following 1$
lands:   Commencing at N. E. corner of lot 933,*!
thence west 50 chains; north 50 cha ns;   east  113:
chains; south  63 chains;   west 63 chains;   aiijjjjp
north 13 chains; back to post in all 640 acres.   I
Located this 5th day of Nov., t9o6.
S. SPENCER.**
XMAS GIFTS
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Lowney's Chocolates
Manicure Sets
Toilet Sets
Fancy Perfumes and
Children's Toys
Atomizers
The City Drug srore
J. R. CAMPBELL.
(Continued on page 3.)
IPRINCETON
B.C.
CHRISTMAS
is here and so are we. Come and see
us in our big: new store. A complete
line of general  merchandise in  stock.
A Merry Xmas and Happy New
  Year to all	
ALEX. WELL    t,
GENERAL MERCHANT, Princeton
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