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VOL. I., No. 20.
BLOCAN,   B.   C,   AUGUST   17,   1900.
A.   C.   SMITH,
SLOCAN,      •      -      B,   C.
Dealer in Cigars, Tobacco, and Fruits.
Agent for Brantford Bicycles.
Leave Your Order With
A. David,
For a Nice Fall Suit Perfect Fit Guaranteed.      Wc use ojly Al.
Trimmings and the Finish is First Class.
MAIN STREET, SLOCAN.       Three Doors South of Postoflice.
Dealers in Fresh and Salt
Heats, Vegetables and Provisions.
Goods shipped to any part
of the Slocan.
B. C.
A Hint
to Housekeepers
THIS is thc season of the year when
thoughts turn to Preserving and
Pickling. We have prepared for
this, and our stock of Sugars, Vinegars,
Spices, and other necessaries will be
found Fresh,Pure and moderate in Price.
W. T. Shatford & Co., General Merchants,
Slocan, Vernon, Fairvicw, and Camp McKinnev, B. C.
Has ample accommodation for a large number of Quests and supplies the best of
everything in the Harket.
SLOCAN,   B.  C.
Offers up-to-date accommodation for the
Public.     It is the home of Travelling,
Commercial, and Mining Men.
QETHING & HENDERSON, - Proprietors.
Hotel Slocan,
Slocan, B. C, is under the
Skilled mil Personal Management ol Jeff Baty,
Who is ever ready to make life pleasant for those
who tarry within a while with him.	
Is reached by any trail or road
that runs into the Town.
Do not go  past its door when
you are dry, weary or hungry.
Report of the Committee Appointed to
Gather Information—Ultimate of Probable Revenue and Expenditure—Signature* to Solicited.
Tuesday evening tho adjourned
mocting for the discussion of thc proposed incorporation of tho town was
held in the- Oddfellows' hall, a fairly
large crowd being present. Mr. Or
again occupied tho chair, whilo Mr.
DesBrlsay acted as secretary. The
first item on the programme was the
report of the committee appointed to
gather Information on the subject,
which was as follows:
"Wc have secured personal interviews with R. F. Green, M.P.P., ex-
mayor of Kaslo; Mayor Pitts and City
Clerk Lilly of Sandon; and ex-Aid.
Hillyer of Nelson; besides a communication from E. E. Chipman, the city
clerk of Kaslo,and from them elicited
considerable information respecting
the experience of their respective
cities in the matter. In the main,
these are all strongly in favor of a
town governing itself and managing
its own finances. Thc cost of incorporation would be about iJoOO, the
main expenso being the abstract of
titles to be secured from the government registry office at Victoria. This
would also include the cost of the
charter, incorporation fees, and election expenses. Thc chief sources of
revenue would be: Liquor licenses,
trade licenses,peddlers licenses,police
court fees, teamsters licenses, show
licenses, billiard tables, dog taxes
and real estate taxes. The government would collect from the town, in
tho event ot incorporation, income,
personal and poll taxes, all licenses
going direct to the town treasury.
We estimate the probable revenue a
year at: Liquor licenses, $1500; trade
licenses, $250; peddlers and show licenses, $100; police court, self supporting; teamsters' licenses, $U); dog
taxes, $50 ut least; real estate taxes,
IU80; total, $3,420. Th'j expenses
would be: Incorporation expenses,
S.S0O; clerk, assessor and collector,
$1000; chief of police, $900j police
magistrate, sell-supporting; treasurer,
honorary; auditor, $25; scavenger,
self-supporting; incidentals and sup
plies, $250' total, $2175. This would
leave a balance of $945 the first year
for the general improvement ot the
town. Wc are estimating thc revenue upon the corporation embracing
710 lots, averaging them with their
improvements at an assessed value
of 1200, and with a tax levy of 10
mills on the dollar. There would be
other incidental revenues, such as
auctioneer licenses, which are not included in this statement. At the
present time wc find the system of as
sessinent under the government very
Irregular and incomplete,many of the
places not being assessed at all. We
find also that many owners have not
bad their titles registered, which
would cause some difficulty in tracing
ownership of assessable property.
From the favorable nature of our
townsite, but little expense would be
incurred in grading and maintaining
the streets and in the construction ot
sidewalks, etc. The great need of
the town would be an efficient water
and electric light system, the franchises for which should be secured
and held in the interest of the people.
Wc believe a limited system of
waterworks could be installed for
$8,000 or $10,000. Taking the water
by Hume from Goat creek to a reservoir across tho river, thence, by a
four inch main through the streets of
the town By economical management the system should be self sup
porting, but we would advise extreme
caution and thought before burdening
the town with a debenture debt.
Better go with oare till the civic
government is well established ere
incurring oppressive debts, which
would necessitate, increased taxation
An efficient fire apparatus would
COSt, we believe, not short of $8,000,
but once established insurance rates
would be materially reduced. This
has been the experience of several
neighboring towns. As for tho electric light svstem.that must be an after
consideration. Springer creek falls
being used for the generating power.
Were the pine* incorporated, the citizens would command tho expenditures of their own revenues for general improvement, without recourse to
tho government for yearly grants, as
is now the ease. As is known, government monies are not available, at
any time for the Improvement of a
town's streets and general appear
ance, hence the one great feature
brought forward favorablo to Inoor
poratlon, which, in addition, would
lend a status and position to the
plaeo it otherwise would not get,. In
Conclusion, wc bog to draw intention
to the, present name of the town. The
Dominion government permits only
the use of the word Slocan, while thc
provincial   government and O.P.B
use the city in connection therewith.
It is pointed out that tho former con
ilicts more or less with the famous
district of which wc form a part, while
tho present use of the two systems
makes confusion, especially for the
outside public."
City Clerk Chipman's letter was
read, as was also the law dealing
with Incorporation and the necessary
qualifications in connection therewith.
An animated discussion ensued and
the pros and cons were debated with
spirit. To many the information
presented was surprising, as many
preconceived and erroneous ideas had
been held. Those on the committee
presented their vic\v6 fully on the
subject and answered the numerous
questions plied them. The report
was finally adopted, with butone dissentient voice.
W. II, Lilly, city clerk of Sandon,
came in just then and he was asked
to present his views on the subject
and to detail the experienio of Sandon in obtaining incorporation. Following this came several resolutions,
resulting in Mcssr \ York, Teeter and
Wichtnann being appointed a committee to obtain thc names of all citizens for and against incorporation
and to present the same at thc next
meeting, which will be held at the
same place next Tuesday evening.
Body or N. Oi-rrio.li DUooreTed    t-'auglit
on h Snag.
Sensatidnal events have a habit of
transpiring in this town on Tuesdays
and they generally come in pairs.
Last Tuesday was no exception for,
shortly after the announcement of
Mrs. Gibson's sudden death,came the
word of the discovery of a body in
Slocan river, some distance below
the milk ranch.
The discovery was mado by.Hugh
Cameron and Tom Tobin, avIio were
going down the river in a boar. The
body was lying face down in the water, being caught in a snag not far
from shore. They c :mc to town and
notified the authorities, who also sent
word to coroner Lilly, of Sandon.
Afterwards the body was brought up
to the gaol to await the inquest. It
was in an advanced state of decomposition and had evidently been in
the water some time The body was
attired in a flannel shirt, blue"overalls nnd suspenders and a new pair
of working boots. On the clothes being searched a gold watch and $,'52 in
money were found In the pockets.
At the inquest Tuesday evening,
Tom Binisli identified the body as
that of a Russian Pole by the name
of X. Gerrisli. lie had slept at Bin-
isb's cabin on July 2(J and left some
clothes and papers there. Next
morning lie went to Mrs. Dudinski's,
close by, to get breakfast, lie washed himself and then went towards
the river and that, was the last seen
of him. The authorities at the time
could find no trace of him. Other
evidence was adduced relative to tlie
finding of the body. There was a
deep gash over thc right eye. but Dr.
Benlley believed it was not sufficient
to cause death and may have been
Inflicted afterwards by coining into
contact with the rocks."
Tho inquest was adjourned to the
next morning, when M. Hoffman and
V. Chesney, employed at the Arlington, positively identified the body as
that of Gerrisli. They had known
him for two years, first at York ton,
Assa. Deceased had been in the
S-atcs for 18 years previous. He had
been separated from his wife, whoso
people reside in Wisconsin. Gerrisli
was intending to build an hotel i'i
the Arlington basin and bad a lot of
supplies there in a cabin. A verdict
of death from unknown causes was
brought in by the jury.
Since the inquest It transpires that
iJerrish was seen up to about noon on
the 30th. lie had drawn up papers
with .lack McKinnon relative to the
proposed hotel. (Jerrish was nn accomplished linguist and of more than
ordinary education, and the belief is
current that lie suicided because of
trouble with his wife.
Another Sudden linutii.
The citizens were startled on Tuesday morning at the news that, Mrs.
Ann Gibson, the aged mother of Mrs.
ThOS. Sloan, had passed away the
night previous. During Monday she
complained of not feeling very well,
but appeared  much better In the
veiling. Later on, however, she
took worse and died before morning,
the cause of her death being heart
failure, Deceased was about 73 years
of age and of a most kindly and lovable nature. The, remains were sent
east to Montreal for burial on Tues
day's train, Mr. and Mrs. Sloan ac-
Cornpffnylng. Many citizens joined
iu the funeral to the train, while Rev.
Mr. McKeo conducted the short ser*
vice at the house.
Ni'w Llootme l.iii%'.
A new liquor law  has at  length
come into force, and Tuesday evening Inspector Jack Black came down
from New Denver to collect the licenses. In places of less than 100 inhabitants licenses are $75 per year;
over 100 people, $125; over 200 people
£200. Slocan comes under the latter
head. In the case of establishments
in business prior to June 30, applications hre made to Supt. Hussey, at
Victoria. New applications come before the license commissioners of the
district and must be supported by a
petition signed by two-tliirds of the
actual householders in the town.
From June 30 to this week the hotels
had no license to pay.
lie bail travelled every inch of ground
From Palouse down to Frisky j
Had ridden upon a brake-beam,
Till lie found it kind of risky,
lie had been a Weary Willie
Since his travelling days began,
But they tagged him as a vagrant
When he landed in blocan.
He had counted everv railrond lie,
The Yankeo lines can boaet,
By Seattle and Tacoma
And the towns along tho coast.
But tiiey ran him out of Nelson,
So, li neath Misfortune's i>an,
He had hoofed it on the C. P. It.
Along toward Slocan.
His clothes were somewhat seedy,
And his hair was rather long,
His board unkempt nnd tangled,
His breath n trifle strong.
And he always wore a coat of dirt
Above a coat of tan;
But they spoke of "unwashed presence"
When he landed in Slocan.
The ad that's for the Wilson Houeo,
It seems intended for:
"Most any trail into the town
Will lead you by our door;
And If you're dry"—that caught film-
When ha that ad did scan,
lie thought tbat it was Paradise,
In Silveiy Slocan.
lie bumped it on by Lemon Creek,
With two ties at a stride—
The only time he never thought
That they were placed too wide.
But, though be hit a trail all right,
That to the city ran,
They shoved him in the hostile,
When he landed in Slocan.
The) put him in the cooler—
But that was no disgrace—
Tbe only thing that hurt him
Was, when he washed his face.
They gave him soap and water
Ami hunted up a pan,
And the hobo's heart was broken
In Silvery Slocan.
There's lots of stiffs about thc town,
But ever, without fail,
They nil turn into Christie's stiffs
When thoy are in the gaol.
We've beggars, vags, and bums galore,
But trust now, every man,
It won't be many moons before
They all vamoosa Slocan.
So. all you genial hobos
That love to hit the track,
Just turn your faces southward
Again nnd mosey back.
For, to nil hut honest workingmen
It's far the safest plan,
To keep about a hundred miles
Between them and Slocan.
It. T. Andehsox.
Lemon Creek, B.C.
Card of Thank*.
Mrs. Covington, widow of the late
Robert Covington, desires to return
her heartfelt thanks to those kind
friends who ministered so much to
her comfort during her recent heavy
bereavement. Especially would she
thank ihe. officers and members of
tho I.O.O-F. lodge for their innumerable kindly acts, In this expression
Henry and Ollie Covington, brothers
of tho deceased, gratefully join,
Lost Payment on Violet.
Friday last the final payment on
the Violet fell duo but, owing to an
oversight in the drafts, the money
was delayed for a week in payment.
The amount Involved wis $5,000, the
original bond In ing $10,000, which
would be divided equally among the
owners B. Robertson, F. Dick and
J. Tattersall. Tlie Violet adjoins the
Kilo group and is being worked by
the Warner Miller people.
A Ten ttlle Bon-1.
A two-thirds interest in thc Transvaal group, formerly known as the
Boomerang, situated near tho D and
I group, Ten Mile, has just been
bonded to Ward McDonald, a brother
ofthe late Scott McDonald. Work
started on the property Tuesday with
a small force of men. It is one of the
best prospects In that vicinity and
has a foot or moro of ore exposed.
-» . ,.
Kinl ill  l.ui-k.
("barley Kent, who staked the Heco
mine, near Sandon, lias cleanod up
#500,000 this season in Klondike. He
owns four claims and is working 60
men, Charley gave a Wino supper
some time ago to tho boys from the
Sloean, which cost him in the neighborhood of $5,000.
Tlila Ki'iihiiii in Far the Bent on Record—A
Healthy Kvhlence of the I.lfe and
Wealth or the Camp—KnterprUe tire
Diggcat Shipper.
Twenty tons of ore was sent out by
the Enterprise during the week and
it has another carload about ready.
At the mine very high grade oro is
being taken from thc No, 4 drift and
the recent strike in thc top crosscut
gives them a much larger commauA
of ore. The les.ccs of the Ncepawa
are preparing for a carlcad shipment.
Elsewhere in the division things are
in fine shape.
Following is a list ot thc shipments
this year to date:
Enterprise  20            88U
Arlington  300
Black Prince  »W
Kilo  20
Hampton     - 3
20 1263
The option on the Necpawa expires
The force on the Kilo is to be increased at once,
Bob Allen will pack thc ore from
the Two Friends.
Five years' assessment has been
recorded on the Legal.
Bar silver is up agnin to CI cents
and lead is Increasing.
Two new ore cars were taken up
to the Arlington during the week.
A recent assay on thc Rose, Lemon
creek, gave $1040 in gold and 6 oz.
of silver.
Work on the Molly Gibson tramway has commenced. It will be 8,000
feet long.
The Smuggler is operating two
camps, new cabins having recently
been erected in the basin.
II. Stegeand Geo. Long, of New
Denver, accompanied by E. S. De-
Goly.er,*of Boston, inspected the Lily
B yesterday.
The Tattersall boys have located a
group of two claims on Twelve Mile,
with a well-defined ledgo and good
mineral in sight.
A meeting of the Slocan Lake
Mining Co., owning the Howard
Fraction, was to have been held hero
on the 9th, but only one person put
in an appearance.
The ledge has been cut on the Native Silver fraction, adjoining thc
Arlington claim, now being worked
by Mark Mauley. Large chunks of
clean ore is being taken out.
It was by a fortunate accident that
the Two Friends people remembered
to record their work in time last
week, which they did with a closo
margin. Several parties were waiting to restake it.
A report is being circulated that
the Speculator has been jumped, but
it is not so. It doubtless arose from
the fact that one of the stakes ofthe
Stephenite fraction overlapped the
Speculator, which was remedied by
thc survey.
A Sympathetic Iteaoliitlon.
At the last regular meeting of Slocan lodge, I.O.O.F., the following
resolution was adopted: "Whereas,
by the death ol our beloved brother,
R. at. Covington, our lodge has lost a
faithful member and thereby suffered
an irreparable loss; and, whereas,
the cireuinstances of his demise were
peculiarly sad and distressing to his
family and relatives; therefore, be it
resolved: That this lodge expresses
its heartfelt sympa hy to them in this
their hour of distress, and especially
to his sorrowing widow and fatherless child; and, be it further resolved
that this resolution be spread on tho
minutes of the lodge and a copy sent
to the family and the press." The.
lodge also desires to thank those visiting brethren and friends who assisted at thc funeral.
spokum* Industrial Kxpoiitlou.
The 7th annual industrial exposition will be held at Spokane, October
2nd to loth, inclusive, U>00. The
management have promises of large
and varied exhibits of* all classes of
fruits, grains, grasses, vegetables,
roots, poultry and minerals, and in
addition liavo secured a number of
entertainment attractions, the. chief
■iniong which being lhe Royal Marine Band of Italy.
The Miners' Union purpose giving
a concert and dance shortly. PLOT OF BOERS
To Capture and Murder Roberts and
All the British Officers
London, August io.—A special
dispatch from Pretoria says a Boer
plot to make a prisoner of Lord
Roberts and shoot all the British officers possible was discovered
Thursday. It included the capture
of Pretoria and the shooting ol
Lord Roberts and an attempt to
induce tht burghers to rise en masse.
A number of suspected accomplices of the conspirators have been
conducted across the border.
The British authorities are awakening to the danger of allowing
Boer sympathizers to remain in
Pretoria, and the issue of passes to
burghers has been stopped.
Townspeople Were Involved
Pretoria, August io.—The plol
to make a prisoner of Lord Roberts
and shoot all the Biitish officers,
discovered yesterday, included a
number of townspeople who were in
communication with the enemy, ll
was arranged that the capture and
killing should take place on the
evening of Tuesday last.
Intense indignation prevails
throughout the British army and
the general opinion is that the leniency of the British invited such a
conspiracy. It is considered that
no measure tor the repression of
such plots can be too strong.
policy i»icfi\i:i>
Canadian. Join Imperial Army.
Ottawa, Aug. io.—William Palmer, Cadet Hamilton and Cadet
Kirkland, all of this city and graduates at Kingston military college,
have received commissions in the
British army in India and leave for
that country on Wednesday next.
If Great Britain wants much
more help from this country she
had better move rapidly. The administration which is going into of-.
fice on March 4 next believes in the
United States' ability to go it alone.
—Seattle Times.
Great Britain has proved hersell
well able to go it alone and will do
her duty in rescuing the white men
in China and punishing the outlawed rulers, whether the United
States help her or not.
The Chinese in Victoria taek
pains to show their loyalty to the
government under which they live,
and to dissociate themselves from
the Boxers. The Victoria Times
' "Since the announcement of the
death of the Duke of Edinburgh the
dragon flag on the Benevolent society's building has been half-masted, while a Union Jack is similarly
floated over one of the joss houses."
The war between the white and
Japanese fishermen has led to the
cutting of the latter's nets. The
Japs say the whites do it, but the
whites say the Japs simply hide
their nets and say they have been
Taxes on industry and the exemption of idleness and luxury are generally accounted the seeds of discontent in Italy.
It is proposed to enamor the
Philippines of American civilization
by bringing over a lot of young
Filipinos to the colleges in the
United States. Colleges in St.
Louis, New Orleans and Kentucky
need not apply.—Toronto Star.
The tide has turned. Great Britain will borrow half of her ^10,-
000,000 war loan in the United
States. The new world has become
independent financially as well as
politically and can now lend money
to the old world.
The public debt of Italy is over
$2,500,000,000 and the annual interest is $100,000,000. The debt
ii nearly five times as great as the
foreign trade. With Great Britain,
the United States and Canada, the
foreign trade exceeds the debt.
These figures may help to explain
The chief cause of Paul Kruger's
hesitation to surrender is anxiety
about his future place of residence.
He does not wish to join Cronje in
St. Helena.
Government Oppoaea Grantiug; Yukon
Railway   Charter
Patliament Building, Victoria,
August 10.—An important announcement was made this morning in
the railway committee of the government policy in regard to Yukon
charters. This was, to refuse all
applications until the settlement of
the boundary question, thus conserving trade for the all-Canadian
route and desisting from the upbuilding of American towns.
The government is in communication with Ottawa regarding the
all-Canadian project, with a view to
secure harmonious and combined
In committee, Mike King's contest has assumed a party basis, the
opposition, with Clifford, Rogers
and Kidd, all favoring competition
with the White Pass road. Consideration of the bill was again adjourned and the matter is to be
again considered.
The proposal of the Dominion
government to establish an assay
office at Dawson, reduce the royalty
on gold to 3% and require it to be
delivered at that office has alarmed
Seattle, where the bulk of the gold
output of the Yukon goes.
"It will be the czar's turn next!"
boasts Assassin Bresci. Not exactly. It's the hangman's turn next.
—Spokane Chronicle.
Complaint is made that no repairs have been made on wagon
roads this year. How could it be
otherwise? The country has been
talking politics and has only just
got down to business.
It's a pity King Humbert had to
fall and the shah be spared. It's
the best dish that's broken first.—
Seattle Times.
Kruger and Botha offered to pay
the Boers for all damage done to
their farms while the owners were
absent with their commandos.
What kind of money would they
pay in?    Kruger's greenbacks?
A new obstacle stands in the way
of the Pacific cable. The Eastern
Extension company, which is fighting the ente-prise, has ordered such
immense quantities of cable from
the principal manufacturers that it
may be a long time before they can
fill other orders. Moreover the
supply of gutta percha has been cor-
neied and the price greatly increased.
When Lord Minto has seen the
West, he will have gained a new
The British General Gaselee declares that he will march on Pekin,
and that he hopes to have the cooperation of the allied forces. This
seems to be another way of saying
that he is going ahead anyway, and
that the others can follow or not, as
they please.—Toronto Globe.
The Victoria Colonist has beer.
worked up because the U. S. battleship Iowa was not sal uted on arrival at that port. The reason given
is that the forts had not the right
kind of guns and the torpedo destroyer Virago's guns would sound
no better than popguns.
Lucy Parsons has been interviewed on the assassination ol King
Humbert. She is simply a virulent
scold, who calls herself an anarchist to gain notoriety.
Being satisfied that the United
States, like Great Britain, favors
preserving China as a nation, the
Chinese of the United States propose to offer the government the
services of a corps of Americanized
Chinamen as scouts, guides, boatmen, interpreters and bosses of
coolie laborers.
All a Japanese has to do is to go
before a notary, swear that he has
been in Canada three years, take
the oath of allegiance and, hey,
presto! he is a British subject. He
has been coached thoroughly,for he
answers "three years" to any question put to him. But what Canada
cannot do to stop the invasion, Japan has done, for it has absolutely
forbidden immigration to Cai.ada
and the United Slates.
Belligerency  is  so universal   in
men's minds this year that even thc
peace conference   in Paris almost
broke up in a row.
Annexation  of the Free State Was
London, Aug. 8.—The Queen's
speech at the proroguing of parliament, after stating that the relations with the powers of Europe
and America continued friendly and
a reference to the establishment of
the Commonwealth of Australia,refers to the war in South Africa,
"which has placed in the strongest
light the heroism and h h Tary
qualities of the troops brought together under my banner from this
country, from Canada, Australasia and my South African possesions."    The speech then says:
"Believing the continued independence of the republics to be a
constant danger to the peace of
South Africa, I authorized the annexation of the Free State as a first
step to the union of the races under
an institution which may in time be
developed so as to secure rights and
privileges in South Africa."
Referring to China, the speech
from the throne says:
"The British and other legations
at Pekin have been unexpectedly attacked by an insurgent mob, and it
is feared many of their inmates have
been murdered. How far the Chinese authorities are accomplices in
this atrocious crime, and whether
tlie British minister and his family
are among the victims, are matters
still in uncertainty. The utmost
efforts will be made by myself and
my allies to visit with punishment
the authors of this unexampled
Itlae ofilie lliiummiir*   aud  fharaeler
of the Premier.
Premier Dunsmuir is a comparative tyro in politics. It is only two
j ears ago since he entered the
house, his whole manner breathing
not the committee room but the
counting house. Although then
about 40 years of age, he had manifested no interest whatever in politics, but had bent his energies exclusively to administering the enormous estate for which the death of
his father had made him largely responsible. Like most men who
take up politics late in life, he has
never outlived an air of strict business dispatch, and his air in the
house is that of a man bewildered
by the number of words which
members require to use to make
their meaning clear.
He himself, as has been slated,
never speaks. In the sessions in
which hj has sat for the last two
years, although at times matters of
great moment to him and to his
great interests on Vancouver Island
came up for consideration and debate, they failed to draw from the
member for Comox a monosyllable.
No matter how bitterly his interests
were attacked, what he thought on
the subject was locked in his own
breast. The course he will pursue
as leader of the government, when
asstiled by such a loquacious speaker as Joe Martin,opens up a curious
ground for speculaiion.
Without any of those qualities
which usually mark the leader) of
men, he will be very much handicapped in the preliminary stages of
his career. But from his father
he inherits a pertinacity and a determination which, coupled with his
h'gh standing in the business community, will do much to counterbalance these defects.
The rise of the family ofthe premier in one generation from a position of the most humble kind to that
ol affluence probably unequaled in
Canada is one of thc most interesting chapters in the history of the
Canadian west. His father, Robert Dunsmuir, was the honest and
hard-working son of a line ol honest
and hard-working coal masters of
Argyle. Coal mining was the business of the family, and although
Kobcrt received a lair education at
Kilmarnock academy, he was made
early lo understand that his business
in life was lo delve coal from thc
bowels of the earth.
Early in the fifties young Dunsmuir, having in the meantime married, came out to Victoria, then a
very small place indeed. He came
as nearly all the old settlers did, in
a "wind-jammer" around the Horn.
He at once entered the employ of
the Vancouver Coal company as an
expert, until one day the Scotchman
stumbled on phenomenal luck. He
discovered a rich seam of coal at
Wellington, which, with characteristic shrewdness, he pre-empted for
himself, and from wnich he amassed
millions. He had not the necessary
capital to open up the property, but
he secured the co-operation of a
number of naval officers, including
Admiral Hornby, Captain Egert
and Lieut. Doggie. He, however,
retained a half interest and had the
entire control of the property. One
by one nis partners were bought out
the last one, Lieut. Doggie, receiving about $800,000 in full payment
of his claims.
From this discovery has sprung
the Dunsmuir millions. The father,
who died in 1889, left numerous
assets, ' including the E. & N.
railway, to his family, but the Wellington mines are today the largest
contributors to the income of the
The widow of Robert Dunsmuir
resides in a beautiful castle overlooking the city of Victoria. Her
son, the new premier, resides in a
cosy home on the sea arm by which
the harbor of Victoria is prolonged
inland. Retiring and modest in his
character, he cares little for public
life, and takes greater delight in his
beautiful grounds and in the details
of the greal business of R. Dunsmuir Sons company than in the turmoil of public life. Indeed it is
stated that it was only after the
greatest pressure had been brought
to bear upon him that he was persuaded to undertake the responsibilities which his new duties will
His assumption of the post of
premier is expected to have a very
beneficial effect upon capital seeking investment, and which of late
has been rather difficult to secure
for British Columbia enterprises.
His great stake in the country and
his well-known conservatism are a
sufficient guarantee that no reckless
or experimental legislation will be
attempted during his term of office.
While different views are expressed regarding the capability of
Premier Dunsmuir to carry on the
affairs of the province, he is given
credit on all sides for unselfishness
in the course he has pursued.—Victoria Special to Toronto Globe.
Told   Ministers Their  Governments
Wished Them to Leave
Oom Paul has a few millions in
gold cached away somewhere,while
he palms off paper money on the
deluded Boers. This is the most
prodigious green goods swindle on
Australia will furnish contingents
aggregating °22 men and a gunboat
for service in China.
The Dawson board of trade has
decided to raise $50,000 to be used
in placing the true conditions in the
Yukon territory before parliament
and securing reform. In his speech
moving the resolution, J. A. Clute
said of the royalty on gold: "A
more infamous law was never
made than that. The people of
England have voted money and
sent men to fight a people in South
Africa who never enacted a law as
unjust as that."
Canadian banks do a large business in the United States, in the
way of loans in New York, handling
the cotton crop in New Orleans and
handling Klondike gold at  Seattle.
The Kansas farmers have bought
2000 pianos and hissed Sockless
Jerry Simpson. This may be coincidence, or it may be cause and
Mr. Tatlow will move in the legislature that Sir Wilfrid Laurier's
Chinese immigration act "is unsatisfactory, disappointing and wholly
fails to meet the exigencies of the
A Toronto boy swallowed a $160
diamond and carried it around in
his anatomy for two weeks. Then
a surgeon removed it. The boy
feels better; so does the owner of
the diamond.
Washington, Aug. 10.—The department of state made public today the following telegram from
Minister Conger, which was received by Minister Wu last night
in a telegram sent to him by the
taotai of Shanghai. It was handed
by Minister Wu to the acting secretary of state at 9 o'clock this morning:
"Secretary of State, Washington
—The tsungli yamen states to the
diplomatic body that the various
foreign'governments have repeatedly
asked, through the respective Chinese ministers, that we immediately
depart from Pekin under suitable
escort. The yamen asks us to fix
a date for our departure and to
make the necessary arrangements
to do so.
"Our reply is that we will seek
instructions from our governments
and that, in the absence of such instructions, we cannot quit our
posts. I must inform you that, in
order to insure our safe departure,
foreign troops only can safely escort
us and they must be in sufficient
force to safely guard foreigners, including 200 women and children as
well as 3000 native Christians, who
cannot be abandoned to certain
massacre. We cannot accept a
Chinese escort under any circumstances.
"All my colleagues are dispatching the foregoing to their respective
"Of American marines, seven
have beve killed and 16 wounded,
among the latter Captain Myers and
Dr. Lipet, who are getting along
well. "Conger."
This message is not dated, but is
supposed to have been sent on or
after August 5, when the imperial
edict removing the inhibition against
the ministers sending cipher telegrams was received by the tsung li
yamen. It substantially accords
with the dispatch ofthe French
minister, M. Pichon, to his government.
Ll to Negotiate Peart*
London, August io.—An edict
emanating from Pekin and authorizing Li Hung Chang to negotiate
with the powers for peace, has, it is
reported from Shanghai under yesterday's date, been received  there.
Advauce ou Pekin from the North
The correspondents at Yokohama
again send the statement that a
Russo-Japanese force is moving on
Pekin from the north. The movements and number of this force are
kept secret in order to prevent accurate intelligence from reaching
The French consul at Shanghai
says 300 Annamite troops will arrive there next week for the protection of French settlements.
lVIcrcliaiite Pear a Panic
The Chinese merchants of Shanghai have petitioned the foreign consuls there to stop the landing of
troops, declaring that it will create
a panic among the Chinese.
Li Ping Heng, the former governor of Shan Tung, personally
commanded 15,000 Chinese at Yang
A Chinese official at Shanghai
says 17 pirates and brigands were
beheaded at Canton, August 8.
Coiiicrey-ated at Von U'alderaee
Dispatches received here from
Berlin say that Emperor Francis
Joseph and Victor Ema-nuel III
have telegraphed to Field Marshal
Cound von Waldcrsee congratulating him on his appointment to the
chid command of thc allied troops
in China. Field Marshal von Wal-
dersee, it is announced here, will
sail August 21 or 22 from an Italian
port and will go to  Shanghai   first.
ITIore MeriiiHU Troop* Going
About 10,000 more German
troops are going to China. The
government at Berlin is negotiating
with the North German Lloyd and
the Hamburg-American lines for
eight transports.
HnMlana Take New < Intuitu
St.   Petersburg,   Aug.   io.—The
Russian admiralty  has received the
following:   dispatch   from   Admiral
"New Chwang, Aug. 5.—The
Chinese town of New Chwang, on
the gulf of Liao Tung, was cap-
tured Aug. 4, two warships taking
part in the bombardment. The
inhabitants were disarmed."
Husalaua Win Two Victories.
The Russian war office has received the following dispatch from
Gen. Grodekoff:
"Khabarovsk, Aug. 9. _ Gen.
Rennenkampf Aug. 7 overtook and
defeated the enemy beyond the
Amur  river, capturing two guns."
It is officially announced that the
Russian troops captured Kharbin
Aug. 3.
Five Mlaalonarlee Murdered
Shanghai, August 10. — Five
Catholic missionaries were recently
murdered near Chinanff.
Lord     Chief     Juatlee    of    Knglaud
Snrcumba to an Operation
London, August 10.—Baron Russell of Killowen died this morning
as the result of an operation performed yesterday by Dr. Troves.
Baron Russell, who has been ill lor
about a fortnight, is variously reported to have suffered from a gastric disorder and from a tumor in
the stomach. Lord Russell suffered
from gastric catarrh. The fact of
his illness was not generally known
until it was announced that, at a
consultation held yesterday, it was
decided that an operation was imperatively necessary.
The war office telegraphed the
news of the chief justice's death to
his youngest son, Hon. Bertram!
Joseph, who is at present serving
as a lieutenant of the Royal Artillery in South Africa. Hon. Charles
Russell, another son of the deceased, is now in Canada.
The courts generally suspende L
business today and tht* judges and
other distinguished lawyers eulogized the deceased chief justice.
The premier, Lord Salisbury,
will select the successor of Lord
Russell with the queen's approval.
Lord Alverstone, formerly Sir
Richard Webster, sometime attorney general and now master of the
rolls, will, it is generally thought,
be appointed.
KevcuO-Pour-Year-Old   Girl   Against
KlgliD-Vear-Olrf Nwaln
Hamilton, Aug. 10.—Mary Els-
ton, of this city, has taken action
for breach of promise of marriage
against George King, a wealthy
farmer of Hickson. The plaintiff is
seventy-four and the defendant
eighty years of age.
Poater Hurt* the Ball  Hollluc
New Glasgow, N. S., August 10.
—Hon. G. E. Foster started the
Conservative political ball rolling
here last night in the presence of
about 1200 people. He spoke at
length of the history and career of
the Conservative party and the great
prosperity ofthe Dominion.
Mlplo-aia*. I01 Puarmai lata
Toronto, August 10.—The executive committee of the Ontario Pharmaceutical college has recommended, with respect to the interchange
of diplomas with the pharmaceutical association of British Columbia,
that reciprocity be restricted to
members ofthe respective provinces
who have been registered by examinations.
The News-Advertiser, though decidedly opposed to the Dunsmuir
government, condemns those members' who opposecf the passage of
the emergency estimates of $150,-
The statement of the finance minister in reply to Mr. Curtis shows
that the Semlin and Martin governments left the finances of the province in a very unsatisfactory condition. There was a large deficit for
the last two fiscal years, as between
revenue and expenses.
The provincial government will
investigate the fraudulent naturalization of Japanese. One-hall tie
naturalization pipers issued this
year are believed to be fraudulent, ARE AGAIN ACTIVE
Philippine Rebels Renew Campaign in
Leyte and Samar.
Manila, Aug. 13. Reports from
the Visayas islands show that there
has been increased activity among
the insurgents there during the last
six weeks. The American losses
in the island of Panay last month
were greater than in any month
since January last. General Mo-
jica, in Leyte, and General Luetsan,
in Samar, are harassing the garrisons, shooting into the towns during the night and ambushing small
parties, firing and then retreating
upon the larger bodies.
The rebels possess an ample supply of ammunition and are organized to a considerable degree.
The Americans have garrisoned
three towns on Samar island, two
of which shelter a tenth of the original inhabitants, who suffer from
the continual sniping of rebels from
the surrounding hills. The third
is without any native inhabitants,
the rebel outposts a mile away
preventing their return to the city
homes. General Luetsan punishes
the islanders who have any relations
with the Americans.
Cebu is likewise disturbed.
The Philippine commission, it is
now announced,will make all future
civil service appointments.
Several minor engagements occurred last week in Luzon. The
rebels used smokeless powder,
which they must necessarily have
obtained from filibusterers. Ben-
guit province is tranquil.
London (hrera Invalided Mratncouaa
on Their War Home.
London, Aug. 13.—One hundred
Canadians, who had been invalided
from South Africa and had been recuperating at Shorncliffe, arrived
in London this morning and took
the-train for Liverpool, whence they
will sail for home.
They were greeted all along the
route with ovation.
Thousands of London's residents
turned out to welcome them upon
their arrival, and gave them a
tremendous send-off as they marched through the city. The detachment
belonged to Strathcona's Horse.
The Canadians will sail on the
steamer Lake Ontario, which will
leave Liverpool this afternoon,bound
for Montreal.
The Great   Kallroad   Prealdent   Snc-
< naafc* at Nla Adirondack Camp
Utica, N. Y., Aug. 14.—Collis
P. Huntington, president of the
Southern Pacific railway, died at
Pine Knot camp, near Durant, on
Racutta lake, in the Adirondaeks,
at 12 o'clock last night.
Imperial Plan To « are  Por ttlrk    and
Wonndod Prow China.
Toronto, Ont., Aug. 14.—Col.
Ryerson, the Canadian Red Cross
commissioner in South Africa, returned to the city today. In an interview he said that the imperial
government authorities had propos.
ed to establish a convalescent home
in British Columbia for wounded or
sick British soldiers sent home
from China.
The Trail Creek News says: The
resolution passed at the recent
meeting of the Associated Boards of
Trade asking the Dominion government .to advance the duties 011
manufactured lead is fhe iuitial step
in the upbuilding of an industry that
will outrank all others in Canada.
It will not only give us a new industry, but it will be the basis for
the .encouragement ol the mineral
.development of the province. In
short, il means that all paints
manufactured in Canada will be
the product of the lead ore which
iattnieltrd here at home, refined here
at home and manufactured into
raw materials here at home, instead
of Irom the raw materials which are
now manufactured and brought
from abroad. It means that Canada will be able to compete with
the world in the manufacture of
lead. At the present lime, it is
simply a question of market and
tariff. Here we can smelt lead ores
as cheap as the best smelters in the
United States, and so soon as the
Canadian government will adjust
the tariff so that the lead produced
in Canada can be used to the exclusion of that trom abroad the smelting industry and those dependent
upon it, notably the manufacture of
paints, will be firmly established.
The recent action of the government in remitting the 15 per cent
duty on pig lead, from bullion produced in Canada and refined in
bond in the United States, has already shown good results in the
growth of Canadian smelters.
The largest use for lead in Canada is in the manufacture of dry
white lead, red, orange and litharge. It must be understood that,
when the demand for these articles
was first created by the manufacture of paints in Canada, there was
little, if any, mining done and
therefore no smelters to furnish the
lead. Consequently the purpose of
the government was to give paint
manufacturers the advantage of
purchasing their raw materials
abroad, and the dry white lead, red
and orange and litharge were admitted practically free. That is,
dry white 5%, red lead *;%, litharge
free. Now the mining industry
has developed and the product of
our own mines and our own smelters could be used in the manufacture of these raw materials if the
duty were raised to the exclusion of
the foreign article. For instance if
dry white lead were raised from 5
to 35%, red lead from 51030%
and litharge from free to 35 the
Canadian articles could meet the
With these changes there would
be a demand for 10,000 tons of
Canadian pig lead per year, instead
of 3000 tons. More ore would be
mined and the Slocan miners would
receive better prices. The natural
results would be refineries and manufactories. British Columbia lead
would then be sold in the east, to
be manufactured into lead pipe,
white lead and the like.
Yet Only One  Paaaeuger Wa* Killed
lu a   Loiilalana Wreck
Lake Charles, La., Aug. 13.—
The Southern Pacific company suffered a complete wreck of passenger
train No. 9 last evening. The
train was going at full speed over
the trestle over the Lacasine bayou,
when the tender jumped the track
and broke loose from the engine.
The engine went on and the nine
coaches were thrown in every direction. Only one Pullman car remained on the track.
The cars were nearlv all thrown
into the mud and water of the Lacasine bayou. The trestle was
completely demolished. The railroad men on the train declare that
it was the most complete smashup
they ever saw.
On board the train were about
140 people and the fact that only
one, a boy, was killed is beyond explanation. Mrs. M. Chattin, the
boy's mother, was seriously hurt on
the head.
According to Orders, the Army Should
Arrive Tomorrow.
In his speech in the legislature in
support of his resolution on compulsory arbitration, Ralph Smith advocated a provision for the incorporation of all trades unions. At the
present time trades unions could be
incorporated under the Dominion
trades union Act, but there was no
such provision in this province.
One ol the weaknesses of the compulsory arbitration idea, as seen by
the lion. Finance Minister the other
day, was that such compulsion
might bind only one parly to a
dispute, lithe trades unions were
incorporated he (Mr. Smith) thought
this objection would be considerably
removed, for In that case the government would deal not with individuals, but with a corporate body,
which could not afford, any more
than the capitalist, to ignore Ihe
decision ol the arbitrators.
New York, Aug. 14.—Cabling to
the World, Frederick Palmer sends
a dispatch dated from the headquarters of allied troops in the field, Tai
Tsung, China, August 8, via Shanghai, August 13, which says:
"The general advance of the allied forces began this, Wednesday,
morning. The order is to rush to
Pekin with no rest. We probably
shall arrive at the gates of the Chinese capital in seven days, reaching
there next Wednesday. The enemy
is demoralized. The Chinese are
reported to have retreated straight
to Pekin, after having been unexpectedly driven out of Yang Tsun
on Monday."
Americana Kuahed the Town
"Yang Tsun was captured by the
Americans under General Chaffee.
They led the allies in the forced
march from Pei Tsang and attacked
before the natives had recovered
from the effects of their signal defeat of the day before. The United
States regulars made a dash when
they found the enemy, and soon
were masters of the position.
"But just here a most distressing
thing happened. The Americans
had done their work so quickly and
thoroughly that they were in the
Chinese trenches belore the rest"of
the allies knew it and a Russian
battey threw shells among the
Americans through a frightful
Heavy Caknalt)  Ll«t
"The American casualties are estimated at about seventy, mostly
among the men of the Fourteenth
infantry. Part of the Fourteenth's
losses were caused by Russian shells.
Forty per cent ofthe Ninth infantry
were exhausted by long, hard
marching and intense heat."
America Get* the Lale*t New*
London, Aug. 14.—General Chaffee's message of August 10, announcing his arrival August S at
Hoy Wa, stands as the latest official intelligence of the march of the
allied forces on Pekin. The English papers say it is rather annoying that 'heir naval and military
officers cannot communicate with
the high officials here, while Admiral Remey and General Chaffee can
do so by the Shanghai-Canton wire.
Chlneee Hit) lug Modern Guna
Chinese reports are being distributed far and wide in the southern
provinces of alleged Chinese successes in the north. Secret inquiries at Canton show that all the
forts have been newly armed with
12-centimetre disappearing guns
and that the garrisons number
18,000 men in all, armed
with Mausers and Winchesters.
The Chinese have also been trying
to engage a foreign electrician to
lay mines in the Bogue, or entrance,
to the Canton river.
Dr.   Marks,   Li    Hung   Chang's
physician, informed the correspondents at Shanghai this   morning thai
Li could not go north on account of
the weather and the   unsettled state
of the country.    The  doctor  is removing his family from   Canton because he believes  there  may be an
outbreak there.
Ruaala Trlea lo  Break Ihe Concert
The  St.   Petersburg  papers  are
campaigning  against   the  political
activity of Great Britain in the Vang
Tse   valley.    The   St.    Petersburg
Gazette has interviewed   a member
of the United States embassy as to
the reasons why   the  United States
assumed a hostile  attitude towards
China, in view of Li Hung Chang's
declaration   that   Minister  Conger
could be sent safe to Tien Tsin, on
condition   that   thc  United   Slates
abandon   the   idea  ol   a march to
nekin.    The member of the United
States embassy in question  is quoted as saying the United States was
indignant at   thus   being bargained
with and  expresses  the   belief that
the United States would send many
troops to China.
Hayward's   Plan  Por   Naturalizing
Victoria, B. C. August 13.—
The naturalization frauds alleged
to have been perpetrated by the
Japanese to obtain fishermen's licenses were brought up this afternoon by Hay ward, whose resolution
suggests that the personal appearance of applicants be required before a judge in open court.
This will be lollowed by Curtis'
resolution re-asserting the eight-
hour law, upon which several members are expected to speak.
The old animosity between Martin and Bodwell broke out this
morning in the railway committee
over the Pacific and Omineca charter. The ex-attorney general un-
took to call down Bodwell, who appeared in support of theapplication,
and a lively and bitter interchange
of compliments tesulted.
John Houston took his sent very
quietly this afternoon and looks
well, but subdued.
Victoria, B. C. Aug. 14.—The
government policy regarding railway charters connecting Lynn canal with Yukon waters was sustained
this morning r»y the casting vote of
Chairman Pooiey. The division
arose over Mike King's . .11 and it is
expected that the same policy will
be enforced against the Chilk.it Pass
road. Upon the report of the committee, ;t is expected that the Cassiar members will move to amend,
urging the need for competition.
The estimates will be brought
down late this afternoon.
A comm;ttee was organized this
morning to consider squatters grievances on E; & N. railway lands.
These chiefly deal with right to
minerals,the present deeds only conveying surface rights. A requisition
has been made for evidence, which
will be considered on Thursday.
Opposition amendments to railway charters are expected to occupy
this afternoon. These consist of
clauses regarding government purchase, over-bonding, loss of provincial benefits if placed under the
Dominion Act, anti-Chinese clauses
and several others.
Kxnreea ncaaenger ni.rtlerol aud Ilia
tar Kobbcd
Columbus, Ohio, Aug. it,—The
passenger train on the Pennsylvania
line, known as "Pan Handle No.
g," due from the west at midnight,
was robbed at some point between
here and Cincinnati last night and
Messenger Charles Lane of this city
killed. The robbery was not discovered until the train pulled into
thc station and the messenger was
found dead, with his revolver, several chambers of which had been
emptied, lying by his side. The
contents of the safe had been stolen,
the key having been taken from the
messenger alter the murder and left
in the lock. The utmost mystery
veils the affair. Lane was about
jfi years of age.
The officials of lhe express company give no   statement   a**   to   the
probable amount of money secured
by the robbers, but il is reported to
be a considerable amount. The indications pointed to a desperate and
bloody fight.
The reaction from'the Cape Nome
gold fever has set in with great severity and the firsl crop of reluming
argonauts with "cold feet" are filling the newspapers with tales of
woe as dismal as were told by thc
first to return from the Klondike
stampede. The Puget Sound newspapers which printed the stories of
Nome's riches are denounced by
by    the   papers    In    cities    like
Spokane, which have been   drained
of the speculative element hy Alaska's stronger attraction, and accused of deliberate misrepresentation for interested motives.
The probability   is   that   a   coldblooded  investigation   would   show
that the hard luck stories now coming back fiom Nome are as grossly
exaggerated as were the go:>d luck
stories told a year ago; also that
the unfortunates have nobody to
blame but themselves. It has been
the practice of newspapers to repeatedly remind their readers that,
in mining, there are at least a hundred blanks for every prize and that
even this chance can only be had
by enduring hardships, privations
and dangers which surpass the imagination and the physical and mental powers of men who have not
roughed it. But the average newspaper reader ignores these warnings
and shuts his mind to everything
except the stories of rich strikes and
big sacks of gold brought home by
the lucky ones. He straightway
becomes seized by the gold monomania and cannot rest till he has
reached the scene of the excitement.
Whtn he gets there, he finds himself in one of tlie most desolate
places in God's creation, for as a
rule gold is stowed away by nature
in most forbidding places; he finds
that, instead of simply picking up
the bright, shining nuggets as they
peep invitingly out from the sand in
his imagination, he must grub in
the dirt, pan the dirt in ice-cold
water, eat "tough grub," live in a
shack, sleep in a bunk, consider
himself warm enough in winter if
he does not literally freeze. To a
man whose ideas of roughing it. are
limited to a summer camp, this is rude
disenchantment and when he comes
face to face with it, he has not even
courage to try. His digestion ...
demoralized by the bad and badly
cooked food on a crowded steamer,
and this fact helps to send his heart
down into his boots. He has "cold
feet," he comes home and tells a
hard luck story. He ignores the
fact that he was warned of the
chances he took and the hardships
he would have to endure, for his
mind was so taken up with visions
of gold that it could not take in the
other side of the picture. He denounces newspapers, steamship
companies, outfitters, hotelkeepers,
everybody, as swindlers.
But he really has no cause to denounce them. True, he did not
need his outfit, or his hotel bill or
his steamship trip, but he did need
horse sense gained by experience.
If he had a small modicum of sense
to begin with, he has obtained this
and, having obtained it, he has his
full money's worth and has therefore not been swindled at all. Nine
out of ten of the men who take part
in placer mining stampedes are
light headed fools. Probably tight
of the ten are capable of learning
sense bv one such dose of experience; another needs several doses,
which may ultimately make a thorough prospector of him; the tenth
was made by nature for a prospector and pioneer, and is only happy
when oul in the mountains on a diet
of bacon and beans, varied by what
game he can kill, or when "blowing himself' after he has made a
The discovery of the plot to murder Lord Roberts and all the British
officers in Pretoria only confirms
the opinion frequently expressed In
many quarters that the Boers are
being treated with mistaken clemency. The Transvaal Boers, who
have planned a massacre only
equaled in atrocity by the Sicilian
vesptrs, the massacre of St. Bartholomew, the Armenian horrors
and the present Boxer outrages in
China, are the irreeoncilables ot the
irreconcilables among the South
African Dutch. They are semi-
barbarians, who respect nothing
but brute force. Such mild meas
iires as Lord Roberts has adopted
with them appear to them to be
simply evidences of weakness.
A few courts martial, lollowed by
the military execution of the treacherous scoundrels in Pretoria who
concocted this plot, would be a
wholesome measure of pacification.
These people pretended to be pacified only that they might take advantage of the confidence shown in
their good faith to plot the betrayal
of their too merciful enemies. Such
people can only he pacified by
Methuen and Kitchener Rounding Up
the Boer Commander.
London, Aug. 14. Lord Roberts reports to the war office under
date of Pretoria, August 13, as follows:
"Kitchener reports from School-
plaat, eight miles east of Venters-
dorp, that Dewet blew up three of
his own wagons. Six British prisoners, who escaped from Dewets
camp, state that Mr. Steyn was
confined in camp under surveillance,
that Dewet was forced to abandon
his ammunition and thirty horses,
and they confirm the report that
Methuen captured one of Dewet's
guns and shelled the main convoy
"Ian Hamilton telegraphed that
he hopeslo be at Blaauwhank today with his main body. Mahon's
mounted troops are pushing 00 to
the westward."
Another report from Lord Roberts of the same date says:
"Methuen and Kitchener, still
following Dewet and Steyn, yesterday reached Modderfontein, ten
miles east of Venteisdorp. Methuen is in touch with Dewet's iear
fe iara\
"~mith Dorrieo reports that the
Shropshires recently marched lorty-
three miles in thirty-two hours and
the City of London Imperial volunteers thirty miles in ten hours, hoping to prevent Dewet from crossing
the Krugersdorp-Potchefstroom railroad.
"Buller's occupation of Krmelo is
having a good effect. A field cornet and one hundred and eighty-two
burghers ol the Standerton commando surrendered yesterday to Clery."
Speaking of the situation gener-
all\ in British Columbia, Hon. J. R.
St rat ton, provincial secretary of
Ontario, said in an interview with
the Toronto World, thai, while
there is no boom, the towns are doing a steady and thriving commercial business. Vancouver is growing rapidly in importance, New
Westminster is recovering from the
fire, Nelson is plainly destined to
become an important center, and
Rossland, Greenwood and Grand
Forks are thriving mining towns,all
increasing in population. Mr.
Stratton expressed the opinion that
a more vigorous development policy
on the part of the government—one
more in accord with the energy aud
wishes of the people—would open
up a new era of prosperity for the
province. Any improvement over
the old order ot administering these
important interests would be welcomed. There are unbounded opportunities for adding to the national wealth, in the development of
the great mineral resources of British Columbia.
Schlatter, the fake faith-healer
who was driven oul ol Colorado,
struck a frosl in Toronto.
Sir William llarcourt says Rug-
laud is tlie mosi hated nation on
earth. The explanation is simple-
it is the most successful nation.
The name Taku signifies "great
mouth." In Irish il is called Bourke
Cockr.iii, in Germ.in, Carl Schurx,
in English, it  might   be  Sul/er.—
Salt Lake Tribune.
The Boers have Mceived reinforcements. Prank Pettigrew, sou
of the blatherskite   I'nited   States
Senator Pettigrew, ot South Dakota, has joined them.
The Montreal Herald tries to explain the small effective strength remaining of the Royal Canadian regiment by saying the men had not the
staying power necessary. The Toronto 'Telegram intimates that the
lack of slaying power was not in
the men,but in the clothes furnished
them by Minister Borden.
The European powers, which
jeered at thi reverses John Bull suffered at the beginning ofthe South
African war, are very glad ol his
aid in suppressing the old   lady   ol
Pekin.     Nor do they mention the
military decadence of Britain as vo-
ciferOUsly as thev did eight months
ago. • SWfR^^o
THE DRILL, FH.OCAX, P. *-'*. AlHU'ST 17, 1000.
SLOCAN,        - - • -        B. <
Legal Advertising 10 cents a line for
the first insertion and 6 cents a line each
subsequent insertion.
Certificates of Improvement, $10 each.
Transient advertisements at same rates
as legal adve.tiBing.
Locals will be charged 10 cents a line
dot each insertion.
Commercial Rutes made known upon
The Subscription Is $2 per year, strictly in advance; 12.50 a year if not so paid.
Address all letters to—
Slocan, B. C.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th, 1900.
kiiitoiuai. citorriNi.s.
Another week or so will wind up
the affairs ofthe present session. Re-
■construction of the cabinet will then
be In order.
Kissing bees are to bo the latest
fad in eastern Canadian society. Upwards of a hundred invalided soldier
boys from South Africa arc due to ar
rive next week.
The recent discharge of C. P. R.
workmen is explained. At a meeting
of the directors in Montreal on Monday, a divir''*>d ot two per cent on
the preference stock and two and one
half per cent on the common stock
.was declared.
It tarns out that the Mikado got on
this dignity when he prohibited the
Japs emigrating from Japland, because of the agitation against them in
America. Dignity of that particular
:brand Is much appreciated in British
Columbia and it should be generously
;From a government assay office to
.a mint Is but a short distance. The
Dominion government should remember this when establishing theirassay
office at Dawson. Canada should not
be content with a portion of the glory
coming from her great riches, but
reach out for ail.
The statement of the revenue of
Canada for July, the first month of
the fiscal year, shows a total of $3.-
906,230, an'increase of $587,698 over
over the same month of last year.
The expenditure was $2,618,453, an
increase of $264,647, or a net betterment in tbe finances of $314,051.
Compulsory arbitration is coming.
At the next session of the legislature
the government promises to introduce
an arbitration bill framed somewhat
after the style of the New Zealand
measure. In view of this promise,
.Ralph Smith withdrew his bill for
compulsory arbitration at this session.
No further charters are to be granted by the provincial government to
railways destined to tap thc Yukon
district until such times as thc boun
dary question is settled with tho United States. Thc policy aimed at is
to conserve to Canadians the advantages ofthe country so thnt the sharp
Yankees will not get hold of the business and build up rival towns.
The Catholics will erect a church
at Sandon.
Thos. Sloan returned from the east
on Saturday.
Three or four new families have
arrived in town of late.
J. F. Collom, ofthe Arlington company, arrived in on Tuesday.
Macdonald & Ross have opened a
new grocery store at Sandon.
T. Lendrum.one of the Bosun company, passed up the lake Tuesday.   (
Public school reopened Monday
with a large ottendance of scholars.
Chief of Police Stubbs,Sandon,came
down Wednesday for a short holiday.
The big transfer barge has been
overhauled this week and re-caulked.
Thc W.C.T.U. purposo giving an
At Home in the Music Hall on Aug.30.
A considerable portion ot the plant
for the Arlington sawmill has arrived
Tho new ore chutes for tho Arlington at thc railway are to be built by
W. Koch.
E. E. Chlpmnn.city clorkof Kaslo,
has been appob ted recorder tor the
Ainsworth division.
C. Browning has been gazetted recorder nnd constable here during H.
P. Christie's absence.
Get John Craig's bread at D. Arnot's
.ind Shatford & Co.'a. Best in the
market and always fresh.
J. Rodgers and R. Nichol have taken up a homestead down tho river,
close to the Watson ranch.
E. A. Paterson, erstwhile manager
of the Wakefield mine, has gone to
England, en route to Brazil.
All hope ot recovering the body of
R. Hutchison, drowned off the Slocan
last week, has been abandoned.
Julius Wolff looks after the govern
ment offices, New Denver, during
Angus Mclnnes' visit in the east.
Another hotel is to be started here,
the Madden House being credited
with the intention of re-opening.
New approaches have boon made
at each end to the footbridge over the
river, effecting a great improvement.
W. Koch is erecting stables here to
accommodate his stock engaged in
the hauling of ore from the Arlington.
A petition was circulated Wednesday in support of M. La veil's application for a license for the Lake View
W. Koch's new stables are to be
30x60 feet and a story and a half in
height, and will accommodate 20
J. B. McLaughlin will bnild thc
new C.P.R. depots at Denver Siding
and Sandon. They are to be finished
by Oct. 15.
Major Allen, formerly C P.R. operator at New Den*ror, has been left a
legacy by the death of an uncle in
Nova Scotia.
For sale, cheap.—A cottage and
two corner lots in New Denver. Is
drawing a good income. Terms easy.
Apply at The Drill.
Thc Conservative Association is to
meet tonight in the committee rooms,
Main street, to elect delegates to attend tlie Westminster convention on
Aug. 30.
Clarence McCuaig had a narrow
escape from the big fire at Columbia
on Wednesday. A week or so ago
Mr. McCuaig was in a railway wreck
near Spokane.
ningin about 120 feet. It stopped
when within a few feet of the ledge,
and last week thedrift was continued
across it. The vein is three feet in
width, with ore all the way across,
mixed more or less with the quartz.
Where struck, the vein would have
a depth of 100 feet.
Temporary Shut Down.
Billy Harrington received word
from Vancouver this week to close
down work on tho V & M group, on
Twelve Mile, until such times as the
directors could get in. Thnt wil! not
be until the Legislature is prorogued
as Joe Martin is one of the company.
His partner, E. J. Deacon, is in the
company with htm, and so is M. Cos-
tello, tho big cannery man. Harrington has gone to the Hartney, at
Denver, to sharpen tools.
Appended is a complete list of the various records registered at the local registry office, H. P. Christie being mining
Aug 9—Svdnev, divide 2nd n f Lemon,
H D Curtis;
City, Lemon creek, J Graham.
Morning Light, same, S C Holman.
Amelia, Mineral creek, aaiue.
Golden Crown, 1st n f Lemon, F
7—Mount Pleasant, near tho town, M
8—1 X L Ten Mile, T J Lloyd.
Two Brothers, same, A Owens.
Reno, Lemon creek, J Riley.
9—Hope, Springor creek, A Owens.
10—Rosedale fr, 1st n f Lemon, Frank
a T, Lemon creek, J Law.
Aug 6—Ida, Cheyboygan fr, Duplex."
7—Golden King, Queen, Young Bear,
Maggie, Missing Link.
8—Port Hope.
9—Maple Leaf, Alder, Drutnraon, San
ToBe, Victor, Portobello, Sucker.
10—Dreyfus, Kootenay Pass, Rocky fr,
Two Friends.
11—Blandfield, Reno, City of Spokane,
Legal for five years, Star.
Aug 10—City of Sp* kano 110, G Bulko
to F Dick.
Bleanfield and Reno, 1-10 each John
Bulko to same.
Buda Pest 'A, same to same.
J. H. iiiiiituiiun, * a. sc.
Provincial Land Sur
veyor & Mining
B. C.
Gwiilim & Johnson,
Slocan, gJP
Pioneer Livery
and Feed Stables,
Slocan, B. C.
General Packing and Forwarding attended to at the
shortest Notice.
Saddle and Pack Horses for
hire at reasonable rates.
Canada has demonstrated to tbe
effete nations of Europe, through the
medium of the Paris exposition, that
•it is a country other than one of
dreary wastes and perpetual snows
So many medals and diplomas have
been awarded Canadian exhibits,
natural and manufactured, that a
feeling of jealousy has been aroused.
The old have something yet to learn
from the young.
Worden Bros,
Teamsters &
General Draymen.
Boarding Stables; Saddle Horses for
Hire at Reasonable Rates.
Wood, Coal and Ice for sale
Oi .'.ers left at tho
McNeish & Co. . .
Successors to E. Parris & Co.,
Make a specialty of handling only the best goods the market
provides. Their Gents' Furnishings, Clothing, Boots & siio™
are new and moderate in price. Their store is always noted
for the freshness and quality of the Groceries and Provisions
Speolal attention given to mine orders.
Slocan, B. c
Dealers in General Hardware
and Mining and Mill Supplies.
We Me Just fljeiil a Large M of New Ms,
Agents for the Hamilton Powder Co.
and Crow's Nest Domestic
and Blacksmith Coal.
Main  Street, - - Slocan,  B. C
The Murcutt Branch
of the W.C.T.U., Slocan,
Meets the second Thursday in each month
at 3   p.m.   Next   meeting  in   tbe
Methodist church. All meetings open
to those wishing t; join.
Mrs. YV. J. Andrkuh,   Mas. T. B. Hall
President. Cor. Secretary.
The Liquor License Act, 1900, of KrltUli
The following application for license
has been made, and will be considered
by tho Board of License Commissioners
for tbo Slocan License District, at New
Denver, on Thursday, the 6th day of
September, 1900, at 1 o'clock, p.m.:
Martin   Lavell, Lakj View Hotel,
Slocan City, Hotel License.
Signed, JOHN T. BLACK,
Chief License Inspector, New Denver.
Mines,   Real Estate, Insurance, Accountant.
Abstracts   of   Titles Furnished.
Slocan,       - B. C.
The cry of the oppressed Klondike
miner has at length been heard and
answered from Ottawa. The obnoxious .ten per cent royalty on gold has
.been abolished and a government as-
4aay office for tho purchase of the ycl -
low metal is to be established at
'Dawson. Instead of the royalty, a
small export duty Is to be charged.
Good roads and trails are to be provided to the principal creeks,and t*vo
elected members to the Northwest
Assembly arc granted. The prayers
of the righteous avalleth much.
The estimates were handed down
on Tuesday and they provide for an
expenditure of about two and a quarter millions, a large Increase over
jast year. West Kootenay gets about
one-third ot the total appropriation
for roads and trails, Slocan leading
with $38,000. This is divided as follows: General repair*, $10,500; Black
'Pox-Excelsior road, 38,000; Silver
mountain to Denver road, $8,000;
'Crawford creek road, $6,000; Red
mountain r ml $8,0 0; LaVlna-Butto
$8,000; Duncan river road, 88,000;
Leonard Molllo Gibson road, *i B66,
Warner Miller Keturni.
Ex-Senator Warner Miller arrived
back irom Spokane on Tuesday, going direct to the Kilo group from
Lemon siding.accompanled by Percy
Dickinson, H. T. Kingsbury, N. F.
McNaught and J. M. Williams. The
Kilo is in fine shapciuid will increase
its force. Yesterday Clarence Mc
Cuaig and N, Binmore.his secretary,
arrived and the party went up to the
Neepawa, Ten Mile, and from there
will take in thc Smuggler group.
These properties, with the Kilo, are
all under the control of the Miller
syndicate. Tuesday's Spokane Review contained an outline of the
amalgamation of all the leading pro-
Ecrties in the Republic camp, with
ir. Miller as the head, forming thc
strongest combination in the north
west. There Is still even a stronger
combination bacK of this, whicli will
bring an immense amount of new
capital for investment in thc Slocan
camp. The headquarters of this powerful and influential syndicate in B.
C. are in this town.
Certlcaie of topNints.
"Chaplenu"     nnd    "Chapleau  Congol"
Fractional Mineral Claim..
Situate in tbe Slocan City Mining Division of 'West Kootenay District.
Where located: On the 1st north
fork of Lemon creek.
TAKE NOTICE that I, J. Mallinson
Williams, acting as agent for the Chapleau Consolidated Gold Mining Company
Limited, free miners' certificate No
B87402, intend, sixty days from tbe
date heroof, 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 bo commenced
nefore the issuance of such Certificate of
Dated this UOth day of June, A.D. 1900
Large stock of new Coal
and WoodStoves,Steel
Ranges, and the best
assortment of Heating
Stoves in West Koote
nay will be in next
month. Call and see
Neepawa a Mummer.
Alex. Ferguson, who is interested
with F. Griffiths in tho lensc on the
Neepawa, Ten Mile, given by Mc-
Gillivray & Shannon, was in town on
Wednesday. Thc shaft they are
sinking is down 20 feet and has a
magnificent showing of ore. They
aro taking in the full width of the
vein, which makes the shaft of big
dimensions. They have out on the
dump lf> tons of ore ready to be sacked for shipment, Their lease will
net them a good round sum of money.
Cronicut the Ledge.
Two years ago Finch & Campbell
sank a shaft on the vein well up to
wards the end of the Enterprise
group, They found good ore therein
mid then commenced a crosscut, run-
Stophenlte Fraction Mineral Claim.
Situate in tho Slocan City Mining Division of West Kootenay District.
Where located:—Between the Burlington No.2 and Speculator mineral
claims, on the north forkof Springer
TAKE NOTICE that I, Arthur S. Far-
well, acting as agont for W. P. DuBois,
free miners certificate No. B26801, intend, sixty days from the date hereof, to
apply to tbe Mining Uecorder for a certificate of improvements. for the purpose
of obtaining a Crown Grant of tbe above
And further take notice tbat action,
under section 37, must be commenced
before the issuance of such certificate of
D.itedthis 18tb day of July. A,D. 1000.
Ai ling-ton No. 1 Fraction Mineral Claim.
Situate in tbe Slocan City Mining Division of tbo West Kootenay District.
Wliero located :—Between tbe Arlington No. 2 and Burlington No. 2
mineral claims, on tbo north fork of
Springer creek.
TAKE NOTICE that I, Arthur S. Fai-
well, acting as agent for .T.Frank Collom,
freo minor's certificate No. B14374, intend, sixty days from the date hereof, to
apply to tbo Mining Recorder for a certificate of improvements, for tho purpose
of obtaining u Crown Grant of tbe above
And further take notico that action.
under section H7, must bo commenced
before the issuance of such certificate of
Dated this 18th day of,Inly, A.D. 1900.
slocan gam
We keep Pure Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Choice Perfumes, Toilet Articles, Etc,
Carefully  Compounded.
Mail  Orders receive prompt
and careful attention.
J. L. WHITE & Co.
Cauailiau Pacific Riway
Service for the year 1900
will be commenced on
June 10th. The "Imperial Limited" takes
you across the Continent in four days without change. It is a
solid vestibuled train,
luxuriously equipped
with every possible essential for the comfort
and convenience of
Passengers. Ask your
friends who have travelled on it, or address
T. P. A., A. (i. P. A.,
Orders for all
Kinds of Job Work
Commercial, Legal,
Mining, Banking,
Milling, Railway,
or any other description,
At Reasonable Rates,
Quickly Attended to:
The Drill, Slccan
Do You
Want a Home I
Then come to Slocan, for it is
one of the fairest spots on this
earth of ours. Levelness,
Room, Scenery, Health, Fishing, Hunting, Roads, Railway
Steamboats, Churches, School
Hospital, Public Halls and
Enterprising Citizens are some
ofthe advantages enjoyed by
this Town, backed up by Unsurpassed andProvenMineral
Resources. Nature and Man
hath decreed that
Slocan is
the Town
Come and be convinced that this tale*1
no mere idle dream, but a stern reality*


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