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Devoted to J^D^Rrisj/ve
Special Edition, 50 cents
J. J. ATHERTON, Editor and Publisher
HIS special number of the Slocan Mining
Review has been produced with the
laudable object of displaying to the
world thc manifold charms and resources of the "Silvery Slocan." In this
issue the editor has endeavored, to the
best of his poor ability, to serve up as
it were a comprehensive and instructive
corollary, so that men with capital and
homeseekers may derive from its pages
a better knowledge of the district. This
is the first attempt, we believe, to issue
a special in an attractive form, and
when we began our task, unaided, we failed to grasp its
magnitude. However, several gentlemen came to our
assistance with literary efforts, lo whom we publicly acknowledge a debt of gratitude.
Time was when money flowed freely in the Slocan,
and it has often occurred to us that those responsible for
the production of newspapers in the district, failed completely to create a lasting impression, which we
feel assured is given in a production above the
ordinary. Those editors filled the bill in passing,
and when the Almighty dollar became a doubtful quantity, migrated to fresh fields of usefulness and surer profit. This production has taxed
our resources and ingenuity, to say nothing of
the financial end, but wc entered upon our task
cheerfully, believing that our words will not altogether fall upon barren soil, and that if we succeed in dispelling any wrong impression detrimental to the country's progress*, and indue* a
few homeseekers to locate in the glorious district
we serve, then we have accomplished something.
We have endeavored, in plain language, to treat
with mining, lumbering and agricultural resources, past, present and future. It has been our
aim to secure good photographs for reproduction,
which greatly enhance the descriptive value. We
have done all in our power to produce a creditable issue, but its field of usefulness is for the
people of the Slocan to exploit. It is to them
we look to circulate it. A stack of these papers
in our office reaching to thc ceiling will do no
good. Let every business mail in our silvery
country secure a number of these copies and
place them where good is likely to accrue. Let
every adult, whether there be any issue at stake
or not, secure a few copies and distribute them,
either as souvenirs or an advertising medium.
We wish to thank all who loaned photographs and assure them that same will be returned in good order in a few days.
Jno. J.  Atherton,
David W. King.
"Thc first church bell in the Slocan will call
saint and sinner to worship at New Denver to-
morrow."���News Item.
"I never quit a camp until I hear the first church
bell."���Jim Ward, Prospector, Pioneer and Philosopher.
"Bay, Bill, what wus that chimin' sound
I heard a while ago?
It sounded like a church bell,
A-ringln' soft and low,
And  stirrin'   up  old  memories
With Its echoes,  don't you know."
He wus digging on the mountain-
Silver Mountain���when a bell
Sent up from far below hlm
Soft as any funeral knell,
its lirst imploring music,
And It bound hlm In a spell.
And  musing, down  the crooked  trail,
Hat ln hand, to where "Old Bill"
Cooked the bannocks and the bacon
In their camp beside a rill,
Walked the searcher after treasure,
Pioneer of Silver Hill.
Another time, a church, a bride,
Like some old forgotten song,
Memory brought back to the searcher
As he heedless strode along,
Another  time, a church,  a bier,
dime with memory's rushing throng.
"There,   Bill, it's startin'  in again,
Kingin'  soft and ringfn' low;
You reckon It's in Denver
The new church bell?    Bill, you know
This old camp is almost done for,
And It's time fur us to go."
[The author of the above lines, while speaking generally for thc. prospector and his superstitious dislike for
church bells, did not realize, when he wrote them several years ago, that sentiment often overrides superstition. As a matter of fact, Jim Ward is still a prominent figure in New Denver, and the Anglican church
bell, which every Sunday clangs out, "Saints and sinners,
sirujers and saints," is the means of drawing this philosopher to worship with thc* crowd at St. Stephen's church.1
Health, Sport  and  Fortune
In   the   Slocan
O all who moil and toil for wealth in
the busy man-killing centres of modern civilization,  I  have  a  word of
warning  and  a   message   of  sound
advice.     Hurrying,   anxious   fellow
mortal,   halt  awhile   and  listen   till
I   explain  the   way   of   health,   and
truth and happiness.
May I first ask: Are you now living as a natural full-
blooded human being should live, or are you simply existing as a human money-making machine?
Do you yet realize that when lhe machine, your body,
is worn out you will die, and that ynu will be an exceedingly long time dead ?
Have you a proper appreciation of the importance of
recreation, most  natural and healthful  surroundings for
nf the bacon over the camp fire; fill your lungs with the
take breakfast with a pleasure never experienced even
at the Cecil or Delmonico's.
If yen enjoy fishing you will lind good sport in thc
mountain streams, where you can catch trout so tender
and delicious, that when rolled in flour and fried at the
camp fire, you eat them, like sardines, bones and all.
The larger fish in the lakes and rivers cannot be excelled for firmness and flavor and they are of the game,
crisp morning air; wash in the nearby stream and then
fighting kind, of which true sportsmen approve.
If a rifle is your favorite sporting tool, you can use
it here. Bear of all kinds, deer and wild goats are easily found, while caribou and sheep may be seen occasionally, lllue and willow grouse are plentiful in places
and around the glaciers and snow capped peaks the rare
white ptarmigan arc found.
One of the most fascinating features about mountaineering in British Columbia   is   the   ever present   possi-
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" _.__a'**'><;*i;\ vided for in the matter of places of
worship. We arc not oblivious of
the fact that considerable mischief
has been done, and serious pecuniary loss sustained, in times
past, by most indiscriminate misrepresentations made by enterprising and precocious land agents
in the Old Country, with a view to tempt people to venture their future lot in thc Dominion of Canada.
Strange to relate, comparatively little effort has been
made (previously), to attract immigrants to this really
charming,  healthy and promising district.    Considering
New Denver. B.C.���"The Lucerne op North America.
your physical, mental and moral welfare, and happiness?   during quite recent years, and much of th
Well,   now,  my  hurrying  financier, let  me  tell  you    unexpl��red.
in exchange for a small portion of your already
acquired wealth, you may prolong your days and enjoy
the delights of real men.
When the summer heat makes the cities like ovens
and your business and office work becomes drudgery,
worse than the bondage of Egypt, just pack your trunks
and conic to the mountains, valleys and lakes of British
Columbia, especially to the Slocan country where you
can enjoy a fine climate, hunting and fishing, with chances of finding a fortune included.
Here you can secure the services of experienced men
who will guide you to the peaks and glaciers, to thc
ridges and elevated basins where game is found; show
you the likely places for fishing, and meanwhile initiate you into the approved ways of camp life.
Here you will find clear cool ozone laden mountain
air, streams of pure water falling in cascades over thc
rocks, sunny weather, wonderful cloud effects, sunrises
which "tip the hills with gold," and sunsets as gorgeous
as a dream of oriental splendor.
bilityof walking right onto the outcrop of a rich miner-   the wide-spread circulation this special  edition of "The
al bearing vein, whicli may make a great mine.    Some    Slocan  Mining Review" will have, and the strictly re-
remarkable finds have been made in the Slocan district    liable information it will convey, wc trust thc all powerful and enterprising C. P. R. Company will aid
ns in our efforts to bring "Slocan" (generally),
more prominently to the "front."
As a place of residence, and for mining, lumbering and fruit cultivation there is no more delightful resort than the Slocan, offering, as it
does, exceptional advantages. When coming out
from the Old Country to a new colony, to form
a new "home," the natural enquities for family
'*���*' men to make are: Is there a church reptesenting
my faith ? Are there schools for the education
of our children? Is the district healthy and the
sanitary conditions under control?
To each of these important questions, we can
give the most satisfactory answers. In all the
towns there are four places of worship, exceptionally well represented���Catholic, Rev. Father
Jeannotte; Anglican, Missionary Baynes; Presbyterian, Pastor W. M. Chalmers; Methodist, W.
A. Gifford. There are two efficient schools in
New Denver, ably conducted by Mr. T. T. Rankine and Miss L, McVicar, and all the other
towns enjoy scholastic advantages.
In the Slocan there are five Catholic churches,
at New Denver, Sandon, Silverton, Slocan City
and Nakusp, and these are all  served by  Rev.
Father Desire Jeannotte, a priest of French-Canadian  blend,  who is  beloved by persons of all
sects and thought.    A typical Father O'Flynn in
many  of his mannerisms,  he whips the delin-
qucsts to tlieir Christian duties and applies the
healing salve to all afflicted souls.   He is perhaps
the biggest rustler in the district.    Besides the
five churches we mention, he has also to serve
Kaslo, a rising city of importance on Kootenay
lake and thirty-seven other missions.    He visits
all thc  small points and wherever one goes he
is liable to hear the tinkle of the sanctuary bell,
whether it be in the bunk house of a mine,   a
logging camp, sawmill or farm house.
The first Catholic church was built at Sandon in 1900
and Father Cote was the resident priest.    He remained
there for five years, and in the rough sphere did excellent missionary work.   Three years ago the present pastor arrived from  Medicine  Hat, Alta.,  and during that
time the Catholic community has become very strong. All
the churches are free from debt.
Photo bjr C. F. Nelson
section is yet
The following are a few examples: Altered granite
held together by flakes and wires of native silver, as at
the Arlington mine.
An outcrop cf rich silver bearing nre extending along
the course of the vein for about 1200 feet, as at the
Enterprise mine.
Hundreds of tons of high-grade silver-lead ore standing almost out of the ground, as at the Alpha mine.
1 luge boulders of rich ore, worth several thousands
of dollars, lying loose below the outcrop of an immense
mineral vein, as at thc Slocan Star mine.
Dozens of lesser finds have been made in this district,
but the above are ample to prove that visitors, while out   quently the church suffered,
in the mountains for health and sport, may also find a    Missionary  Baynes has  be
valuable mine.
Citizens and aliens alike, can, for thc small sum of
$5 a year, purchase certificates from local government
agents, which confer on the purchasers all the rights
and privileges of free miners within the province of Bri-
If you climb up to thc elevated basins near the peaks    tjs*. Columbia.   Therefore, I advise visitors going out in-
This prettily designed and well-appointed church
(which only now requires a Baptismal Font to complete
it), was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of the Diocese,
John Dart, D.D., June 21st, 1904, but opened for divine
services May 14th, 1899.
New Denver���like many other townships in this province���has   experienced   times of adversity,   and   conse-
but has resuscitated since
in charge,  from  October,
1906 (previously at Malakwa and Arrowhead Missions).
Mr. Baynes is very popular amongst all classes���a
sound Churchman with moderate views���a practical
preacher and worker, and has raised this Mission to its
present satisfactory position, which is confirmed by the
fact of the increased congregations, well represented by
to the mountains to purchase a  free miner's
before going; so that if valuable minerals arc found, the
same mav be located and owned bv the finder.
and glaciers and camp there awhile you will learn axi'l
enjoy pleasures which cannot be  found elsewhere.
Have you ever stood on a  mountain peak never be
fore trod by man?   Have you ever before been where in conclusion,  I advise that  when summer heat and
"woods, lakes and mountains lay gleaming below"? Have business cares worry you, and the Red gods of your fath-
you ever wooed "nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep," on ers caii you hack to nature for a season, you will do well
a couch of feathery balsam twigs, in the open, under the m come  to  the Slocan  country,  and  make your head-
certificate   tnc y��unR men ��f ,','s district.
starry heavens?
Then the food���of the plainest���but oh, how good!
Sauce of the best!���natural healthy hunger!
Sniff the aroma of the coffee !   Listen to the sizzling
quarters during your holidays, at New Denver "The Lucerne of the West."
Truly yours,
A Pioneer.
The Methodist Church in New Denver was founded
in the days when men reached the camp by "polcing" a
bateau from Lemon Creek to Lake Slocan, and rowing it
thence to New Denver. The bateau carried three or
four tons of freight, and passengers paid three dollars
each for the privilege of supplying the motor power.
Rev. James Turner, who still lives and enjoys the affection of "old timers," from the Yukon to the Boundary,
reached camp in the spring of 1892. Messrs. McGillivray SLOCAN     MINING     REVIEW
and Farwell were then engaged in a lawsuit to determine
who owned the town-site, but both agreed that whoever
won the suit would devote land for a church and parsonage. Thc Government later reserved the land along thc
lake front, and itself donated a site lor the Methodist
church. There are several men still in New Denver
who "packed" lumber from the wharf to lhe church site,
and helped Mr. Turner erect thc building in the spring
of 1893. It was not until thc approach of winter tha'l
"the boys" put on a play in the Denver House, and thc
ladies served lunch, to secure money with which to put
in the windows.
The Superintendent of the Sabbath School fur the first
ten years was Mr. Pyman. His "yarns," his quaint expressions and original methods are still remembered, and
his faithfulness in work has become a proverb. 'Hie
present Superintendent is "Capt." Amos Thompson,
whose superintendency began only a few months ago.
Typical Tcwn of the Kootenays���A New Fruit Land
7hat is Coming into Prominence.
XCEPT until 1892 the large stretch
of land along that beautiful expanse of water, the Arrow Lakes,
attracted no more than ordinary
attention from the hurrying gold
and silver seekers in dugouts, row-
boats, rafts, and later on the old
steamer Lytton, on their way lo
the land of fortune���the Toad
Mountain and Rossland mining
camps. There was no thought of fruit lands in those
days, and Nakusp, now located on a crescent-like bench,
overlooking the wide sheltered bay of the upper portion of
the lake, was then not in existence.  The discovery and de-
few pioneers fully justified this, and to-day there can be
no better fruit or a more prolific growth in British
Columbia. Farmers and speculators from the prairie
provinces became interested, and seeking more congenial
occupation and a milder climate, there was a rush for
all the available land from Arrowhead and Nakusp down
to the international boundary, a stretch of nearly two
hundred miles. To-day not an acre is obtainable at firsthand within reasonable access to the lakes, and prices
range from $20 per acre in the remote localities to $100
near towns, for land of good quality.
Centre of Arrow Lakes Fruit Belt.
Thc fruit belt of the Arrow Lakes centralizes at
Nakusp, and from a climatic standpoint reaches from
the Halcyon Hot Springs on the north to Fire Valley on
the south, with valleys branching off towards Roseherry
on the cast lo YVhatshan Lake on thc west.    This district
ment. To the prairie towns shipments may be made
either by north or south bound steamer, morning or
afternoon, daily. The mining districts are reached by
train within three hours.
Among the many advantages to the new or prospective
settler at Nakusp, is that everything tending to make
comfort in life is already existent here. There is not
the pioneering, with its accompanying hardships, to go
through. The town has railway and steamer connection
with all parts; telegraph and telephone service, several
stores, two commodious hotels, Presbyterian, Episcopal
and Roman Catholic churches, and an excellent school
and public hall.
Nearly a mile of sidewalks arc to be laid this fall.
Steamers, tugs, launches and rowhoats arc plying on the
lake throughout the day. Fishing is excellent. Feathered
and big game await thc hunter. Among the industries
may In* mentioned the C.P.R. shipyards, at present em-
Shipbuilding on Arrow Lake.
The present pastor is Rev. VV. A. Gifford, who came
a year ago from Toronto. Mr. Gifford is a graduate in
Arts of the University of Toronto, and in Divinity of
Victoria College, Toronto.
is served by the Rev. VV. M. Chalmers. Originally a
miner, in Scotland, after seven years' work as such, he
felt called to the ministry, and he began his studies in
1899, taking a course of medicine in the Andcrsonian
College, which is affiliated to the Glasgow University,
with lhe object of becoming a medical missionary. After
completing ten years of medicine he went to Hailey College, London, England, and there studied Arts and Theology in the winter, and in the summer months he was
engaged by the Gordon Evangelistic Mission in itinerary
work among the Highland villages in Aberdeenshire, and
also in Banf and Morayshire. During his last year in
London he was accepted by the directors of the North African General Mission for service in Algiers, when, under a plea made by the late Dr. John Robertson, on behalf
of the great Canadian West, he was led hither, lie spent
two years in Manitoba College, Winnipeg, and has worked for the B. C. Mission for four years, and has occupied
the pulpit of Knox Church, New Denver, for 12 months.
He has lately received the full stains of a minister of the
Presbyterian church in Canada by consent of the General
Assembly of the Canadian Presbyterian church, which
met in.Winnipeg on June 4, 1908.
velopment of rich silver ores in the S'.ocan district necessitated an outlct.for its product on its way to the smelters.
This bay was the gateway, and Nakusp had its birth with
the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway branch
to the mines. Great were the things expected���few materialized. Smelters were to be built to treat the ores,
and a second Swansea would be the result! Many Van-
couvcrites will recall the real estate boom, when a well-
known firm, still doing business in this city, handled
Nakusp realty, and so great was the demand that on the
office being closed for the day a large number of would-
be investors were still unsupplicd, and eagerly offered
substantial advanced prices to thc more fortunate ones
who were ahead of them, on their reappearance on the
The fortunes of Nakusp, however, were not to be
derived from smelters. Other avenues were opened for
the ores of Slocan, and Nakusp, except for its lumbering
and logging industry, and being headquarters for the
railway and steamship lines, has been practically dormant
until very recent times. Its natural advantages from
agricultural, scenic and climatic point of view were utterly overlooked until thc rcccnl universal demand for
fruit lands, and thc success of less favored adjoining
districts in fruit production awakened in its inhabitants
the knowledge that here, in thc valley of the Columbia
River, they had the land, thc soil and the climate that
would grow all the varieties of fruit that could be produced
in any other portion of the province,  The experiments of a
forms a warm basin, particularly adapted to truit culture
and vegetables of the tenderest nature.
The snowfall generally is very light, rarely more than
ten inches at any one time on the ground. The land
is practically free from summer frosts, and in winter
the thermometer seldom runs below zero. Last winter
extreme cold registered four below, while at points outside a radius of twenty-five miles, even in parts of the
famous Okanagan country, from twenty to forty below
was experienced. These figures are from careful observations and authentic sources.
In summer the district is exempt from extreme heat
found in some localities, the hottest days running from
eighty-five to ninety degrees, with cooi nights. As to
rains, the seasons bring forth just sufficient, making
irrigation, except in very sandy soil, quite unnecessary.
Here, indeed, is struck the happy medium between the
dry, excessive heat and the extreme moisture of the
coast range.   All fruits and vegetables ripen lo perfection.
The soil varies in different parts from a sandy nature
to a rich loam, with clay subsoil, and produces a wonderful wealth of fruit. Il is generally free froni stones,
and the expense of clearing is chiefly timber, which,
however, is an asset in itself and reduces cost if situated
near a town, where there is always a ready market for
cordwood, etc.
Transportation F .cilities Excellent.
Nakusp  lias  exceptional  advantages  for  fruit  ship-
C. P. R. Steamers.
ploying about thirty-five men. Here all lake steamers
and barges arc built and repaired. The railway department employs quite a staff at this terminus. Lindsley
Brothers of Spokane operate a telegraph pole yard,
shipping all the way to Pennsylvania. Logging is carried
on extensively, and a sawmill is expected to be in operation soon, on the site of the old one.
Settlers desiring work while their land is being prepared for cultivation arc thus practically assured of it.
Halcyon    Hot   Springs  Sanitarium
The water from Ilie celebrated Hot Springs Is prepared by experienced liands, and by thu use of the most
modern machine) y.
The water is Altered as an extra precaution and to
secure absolute purity.
One of the most Important properties of the beverage
is the amount of I.lthla It oontalns, which, according to
government analysis, contains ten times as much of this
execellcnt medicinal Ingredient per volume as tlie far
famous Buffalo l.iihla water. Apart from Its many excellencies, as a sparkling anil Invigorating table water,
It has a beneficial effect In cases of gout or rheumatism.
lis excellence is evidenced by Hie fact of its general
use, both east and west, and lu leading hotels, where It
Is  fast  displacing Radnor,  White  Rock  and  Apolllnaris.
For several years people from nil over the world iiave
come to Halcyon lo use this water, but now It Is being
put up In sucli form that 11 can be shipped to all points.
H. MclNTOSH, Prop.
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Do you yearn for the pine-laden ozone of the
primeval forest.' Are yon a disciple of Isaak
Walton, and n devotee of the rod and lint*? Is
it yachting your mind dwells lovingly upon? Arc
you desirous of seeking a home far from the
madding crowd, where no extremes in climate
are fell, and bounteous nature has nought bu
glory? Are you tired of the nerve-racking humdrum of office life, and anxious to secure a competence for yourself amid pleasant surroundings
uml in following a vocation that is profitable, fascinating and exhilarating. Then come to Nakusp,
and take up sonic fruit lands.
apple trees hearing.
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Nakusp, Arrow Lakes,
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Unbuilt  In moo after being swept by fire.    Snndon contains some of the
finest hotels nnd residences in Hie Kootenays, und In 1S98 had a population
of 2,000.    It has now tlie finest Opera House in West Kootenay.
INING for silver-lead ores ir
the Slocan i
the staple in
dustry. Riclu
greater thai
Kins; Solomon's*
mine? have be* r
extracted from the hills, and yet it
continues to be the banner lead-producing section of tbe province. True
its early glamor and accompanyinr
boom bave receded and left in its
wake many recollections of gross in-
incapacity and criminal wastefulness
on the part of so-called mining companies, but in this the Slocan but
apes the historical routine since man
delved for wealth and the company
system was inaugurated. It is not
the province of all to sucrecd. Fortune is a fickle jade, who has played
many pranks with men and mines,
and those who have sunk in the
Slough of Despond curse the day
when mining lured men to speculate.
On thc other hand the world is full
of rich men whose success is attributable to legitimate mining for precious metnls, and the Slocan bas made
beggars and millionaires.
At the present time tbe Slocan, as
a whole, is passing through that transitory period between finding and
owning mines. In other words, we
are making mines and proving that
the 'surface veins are continuous, and
that the wealth in thc outcroppings
is also thousands of feet into tbe
bowels of the earth. To make tbe
grand test much capital bas been expended, years of labor have been
necessary, and it is only now tbat the
permanency of the ore bodies has
been determined and the vex d question of the ore "going down" settled
for all time.
Those of the mines that have been
i xplored at depth have signallv succeeded. The industry is flonrW-ine,
and many companies, inspired by the
success of others, have resumed operations after protracted *'dl*n< *-s. Silver, ui'l'ke "rid, l'cih in the vein, ard
the future of the local si1<*er-1crd industry is bound up in the development of these veins at dep'h.
There are in tbe Slocnn some forty
mines regularly shipping ore averaging $100 per ton, to tbe smelter at
Trail, B. C, and there are manv undergoing development and making
small occasional slrpmerts. It is not
the purpose of this article to inflict
technical verbiage and go into thc
history of min'tlg in the c1rcan.
Suffice it to say that the industry is
on a most substantial basis, and when
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Slocnn Star and itiilihltt's Paw Mines may
be seen in distance. Upon these mines there
has been litigation not yet ended, in which
over half a million dollars nre Involved In
I*-*-Cm1 costs alone.
more work has been accomplished the
fame of our mines will ring through
the land. Who is there who has not
heard of the famous Rambler-Cariboo, of tbe Slocan Star, Reco, Ruth,
Last Chance, L*icky Jim, Whitewater,
Sunset, Lone Bachelor, Mountain
Chief, Slocan Sovereign, Capella,
Mollie, Hughes, Canadian, Monitor,
Bosun, Ya-Ya, Eureka-Richmond,
Standard, Hewitt.Vancouvcr, Buffalo,
Emily Edith, Wakefield. McAllister,
Mountain Con, Galena Farm, Arlington, Ottawa, Westmont, Keepawa,
Enterprise, and a score of others now
adding their quota to the world's*
riches? These mines find steady employment to over a thousand'.men,
and times there have heen when
12,000 could have been written. The
doings at the mines are faithfully reported each week in the columns of
the Slocan Mining Review.
For the reduction of the ores several companies have installed con^
centrators���mills with ponderous machinery, that crush tbe ore to a pulp,
and then after being passed over agitated tables, the various metal contents are separated from tlri slime,
and by gravity tbe metals separate
themselves and go to their respective
compartments. These are called
concentrates, and are. roughly sneaking, 90 to 95 per cent, pure mineral.
The whole is then put through tbe
smelting process and made into ingots of silver, or lead, as the case
may be, the silver being paid for at
current New York prices, and lead at
London  rates.
For several years thc town of Sandon, a high altitude camp, enjoyed
the premier position on the list of
shippers in the Slocan. To-day, Silverton is far ahead cf all other points
in the camp. To sec thc immense
amount of ore sacked and piled up
daily upon the Silverton wharf would
make the veriest "greenie" open his
eye with wonder. As we write, wc
learn that another mine, the Alpha,
has been added to the shipping ,list.
From this property, ore to th-*s*_yaliie
of $135,000 was extracted from the
surface, with practically no labor but
sacking it required. The vein is now
to be explored at depth. Thus are
mines made ! We could record many
similar instances of fortunes being
made in a night, but we should not
be fair to ourselves were we not also
to record failures.
Tbere is much yet to be uncovered.
Truthfully it has been written by an
eminent mineralogist that the surface
of the Slocan has barely been
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���hipped from this property netted **10,00Q per .ur, owned
by W. R. Will and N. T. McNaught.
Prominent Men of a Glorious District
J.  T.  b-ACK
Chief of Police
New  Denver
New  Denver
Mayor   of   Slocan   City
Manager New Denver Branch   Bank ot
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By Colonel R. T. Lowery,
Editor ol "LOWERY'S CLAIM."
was in December of
1891 that George Long
and a score of other
trail-blazers left Nelson
and made their way via
Slocan Valley to the
lake and then by boat to
the present site of New
Denver. They camped
there all winter in log
cabins around which the
wolves howled at night. The settlement was first called El Dorado City,
but when the Government put the lots
on the market in 1892 thc name was
changed to New Denver.
In 189*2 the Government sold by
auction in one day $28,000 worth of
lots. The people at that time felt
certain that New Denver would become a very wealthy centre. It has
not fulfilled the dream of the early
investors, but the day is not far distant when I look for it to become an
ideal city of happy homes and busy
commercial institutions.
Its climate and the grandeur of the
scenery that surround it upon every
side should make it eventually one of
the greatest tourist resorts upon the
American continent. As the Lucerne
of North America it is destined to attract the attention of the globe-trotting world and occupy the position
Ihat its beauty entitles it to in the
minds of those who love nature in its
most pleasing pose and colors.
It was in the summer of 1893 l'lat
WM. H. HUNTER, ESQ., M.P.P., of Silverton, B.C.
Mr. Hunter Is the oldest pioneer of our glorious ill-strict, and ln the last provincial campaign, the electors of
the Slocan, recognizing ills many sterling qualities, sent
him to represent them In the Conservative benches of tiie
British Columbia Parliament at Victoria, wltn a majority
nearly twice ns large as the total vote of his two adversaries, a Socialist and a liberal.
Bill Pratt came over from Oregon
with an army press and a sack of type
in search of a fortune. He started a
paper called the "Prospector," with
Tom Tobin as typographical artist.
Physically Pratt was the biggest,
slowest and best natured editor that
ever seized a paste brush in this
country. Tie was addicted to eating
hot cakes, was 39 years old and had
ten children.
After a time David Bogle came in
with a printing plant that had done
time in Kaslo and was owned by John '
Houston, and Pratt retreated to Three
Forks, where he published his paper
for a short time, going afterwards to
Kaslo and Rossland. Pratt was sensitive and could not bear to have a
cotem in the same town.
In 1894 there was a financial frost
S.  J.  7 0WG00D
Sandon,   B.C.
The first bont to be built In these waters was the
"Win. Hunter." Tills scene depicts a dally rush to New
Denver In the boom days. New Denver Is I" miles from
Slocan City and nt this spot n splendid C.I'.It. wharf lias
lieen constructed.
A.   McINNES,   ESQ.,   J.P.
Government  Agent  and  Mining  Recorder
New Denver
in Nakusp, and I moved "The Ledge"
to New Denver, and P.ogle, with his
"Slocan Times," pulled his freight to
Rossland and started the "Miner."
He afterwards became one of the
most polished writers in the province
and is now connected with the press
of  Winnipeg.
For ten years I ran "the leading
excitement" in New Denver, and then
moved on to prospect in other fields.
It was a mistake, probably, but each
man's life assays high in mistakes.
In the spring of 1897 the swish of
the Rossland boom swept over the
Slocan and touched New Denver with
the golden wand of prosperity. Then
it was that Henry Stege, Hermann
Clever, Andy Jacobson, Jim Ward
and several other old-timers laid the
foundation of their fortunes. At that
time 100 strangers came to town every
day and money was so plentiful tbat
a bank bad to he started in order to
keep it from lying around the streets.
At that time gambling was rife in the
Lucerne, and the checks frequently
touched tbe ceiling, while some of the
inhabitants spoiled their taste for water by drinking too much champagne.
Right in the historical Newmarket
Hotel I bave seen wine so plentful
that even the spittoons were full.
Those were halcyon days sure
enough. T understand now that those
wine drinking episodes arc but shadows of the past and tbat the citizens
confine themselves almost exclusively
to the dew that made Scotland famous.
The coming of the fruit tree to the
shores of Slocan Lake will work a
miracle in the progress of New Denver, and I hope to see the day when
apples and other fruits arc shipped
out of it in car lots. Tempus fugit,
but the beauty of New Denver goes
on forever, including Silverton.
R T. Lowery.
j. w. M. TINLING
New  Denver
New  Denver
New  Denver
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"Jay Jay"
Editor Slocan Mining Review
"Our Devil"
Prominent Men of a Glorious District
New  Denver
New  Denver
New  Denver
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New Denver
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New Denver
E has blazed his last
trail, he has prospected his last leUge,
his pick and drill
* now lie dull and
rusting in his last
drift; the forge will
blaze no more tor
him; the lulls, the
woods and rocks and
trails he loved are still here, but he
has crossed the big divide over whose
shimmering summit there is no back
trail. I i
Men who share together the vasty
loneliness of the mountains, who
iiivouack in one blanket, men who
together and alone smoke their evening pipes in the red glow of the
setting sun 'way back in the hills,
where forest and lake meet, where
the tawny marsh stretches out between the low hills down stream,
while the sun goe*s down and the
nightbirds rise with tlieir weird cries,
and the forms of our horses munching tbe young bunch grass on the
side hill grow blurred and are lost���
men who live together day in and
day out with no other company than
their own, quickly learn each other.
The meanness cannot be hid nor
the fine gold of pure friendship glisten unseen, ll was in such wise -1
learned lo know and love old Dad
Allen���and Dad being now no more
1 drop this tribute on his bier. His
full name was John P. Allen, but to
everyone who knew him and loved
bim, and everyone who did know him
as I did, did love him, be was "Dad,"
and within the memory of the oldest
timers in the Kootenay and Siniilka-
iiicen has always been "Dad," and
as "Dad" he will always be remembered. The little children���and none
loved him more than they���called
him Dad as tbey played with his lcng
gray beard, and old gray-haired men
sainted bim by no other name.
Dad bad his weakiresess, but no
more than the rest of us. One great
difference between Dad and many
other people was that he never *salted
his claim of sclf-rigbteousness. There
was no sham in Dad and be hated
it in others. His tongue was ready
with thc  sharp  word but  his  heart
: OF : AN : OLD
was warm and tender. It heat strong
and true for his friends and quivered with indignation over their
In bis declining days he dwelt with
his son at Slocan City at the foot of
a group of hills he traversed often
in the early days of the district. Evil ry camp in the "Silvery Slocan"
claimed him as its* own. He
was as much at home in one place
as another. He was thc first man to
pack silver lead ore out of thc Slo
can, and when old prospectors met
in conclave, Dad's decision was final.
He wais the true type of Western
frontiersman. Me had been packer,
miner, prospector���be bad hiked the
trails of the mountains from Mexico
to Deer Park. He had led his string
of cayuses across every mountain of
the Slocan, and the Upper Similka-
niecn. He made his last stand
when over seventy years of age on
Mount Moriah, in the Aspen Grove
camp, where be staked a group of
copper claims.  It was there I learned
to know him. His cabin nestled at
thc foot of a steep hill and no wayfaring wanderer ever passed his door
hungry. How often I have halted in
the trail at the hill crest to send down
into the tiny valley a long, loud
h-a-1-oo-oo and how often I have
seen the sturdy figure of Dad emerge
to give me joyous and profane welcome. Then it was offsaddle, feed,
water, and stake out my horse, while
Dad cooked bannocks and bacon, and
in all my experiences there are few
that were rarer or sweeter than the
evenings I spent with Dad in that
little cabin under the shadow of the
big timbered hills. I grieve when I
think that no more will the smoke
of his fire rise from the oil tin chimney through its sod roof and salute
me when I may come that way again.
In those evenings I heard how
he had bought horses in Montreal
for the New York street cars before
there was a railway between the two
cities. I heard Montreal described as
it was before electricity was known,
before telephones were invented, before kerosene lamps were used. He
lived at Henry Hogan's "tavern,"
himself now gathered to his fathers,
and long known as the boniface of
St. Lawrence Hall. In those days
Dad was Jack Allen. It was in
Montreal he met and won the wife
of his choice. Later he returned from
his first trek across the continent to
take her with him. Years ago she
passed on before and left an achingi
lorely void in the old man's heart
that few, perhaps, guessed at.
He was sturdy in spirit, kindly at
heart, and true; he was tempestuous
in his wrath, but quickly forgave; he
resented a slight but bore no malice;
in him optimism bloomed like a September garden of sunflowers, hope
sprung eternally and kept him young
in spite of years and disappointments. May thc elusive gold he
sought in the enwrapping hills be
now a smooth trail to his feet in the
spirit land to which he has gone. He
has gone, and he died with his fingers entwined in those of an old priest
who before doing His master's work
was himself a miner.���Bruce in the
Saturday Sunset.
Sandon,  B.C.
New Denver
A. S.  iv.ACULAY
Anglican Pastor
Pastor Presbyterian Church
New Denver
New  Denver
New Denver
Pastor Methodist Church
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By tht  Editor
One of the nssols of the district going to waste. This
magnificent watertell is awaiting the coming of sume
manufacturing concern that will harness lis power fur
driving ponderous machinery. There are many similar
crocks dally pouring volumes of sparkling water into the
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District abounds
in mineral wealth
and her agricultural possibilities
are now attracting the attention
of settlers from
all parts of the world, the greatest
of her assets lies in her forests.
Owing to the condition of trade in
the I'rairie 1'rovinces the mills in this
district, like all the rest of Ihe provinces, are in a great many cases closed, but with the revival of trade it is
safe to predict that the Slocan district will furnish her share oi forest
production to the outside world.
Just what the estimated ,*,ortli of the
standing timber in this district is,
it woiiid not be possible for us lo say,
but according lo the information furnished by the official maps oi lhe Department of Lands and Works for the
province, there is held under lease and
special licenses in this district alone
approximately lii'J square miles of
timber, which would cut approximately one billion and a quarter feet.
Apart from this there is the timber
land owned by the Canadian i'acitic
Railway Co., which would bring the
total estimate up to 2,500,000,000 feet.
The lirst lumber null to be built in
the district was built at Nakusp in
1891 by that pioneer lumberman, 1'eter
GcnellCi with a capacity of 10,000 feet
per.day, and this mill was operated
until 1894, when one of a capacity of
35,000 feet per day was built to meet
the wants of the district. Associated
with P. Genelle in this mill were J.
E. Pou'pore and John Genelle, trading
under the firm name of Peter Genelle
& Co.
In those days the' trade of the
Prairie Provinces was not thought of,
and although oilier mills were being
erected there was enough local trade,
I only hear the gentle murmuring rill
Softly   singing   through   the   valley
I only feel the silent, mighty thrill
That floods the eye without a single
S I lay upon the shore of
thr lake and gaze at the
shimmering blue water,
dancing and sparkling
in a light breeze, its
heavily timbered and
clear cut shore line, and
all its wild natural
beauty opened out to
me, I am impelled to
regard myself as one of
limitless fortune to behold such a panorama.
Away to the north the giants of
Earth rise grandly to Heaven's portal
and the eternal crystals which bedeck
their summits glisten in the summer
sun. Below, rising from an easy
slope, I view a pastoral scene. There,
in the distance, I see among the prismatic verdure, a clearing, upon which
in perfect rhythm stand rows of fruit
trees���now clothed in their spring
raiment; and in perfect harmony with
the surroundings the tones of a cow
bell are borne across the placid water.
Away to the west rises a monster
nore magnificent than his peers, and
upon his face there reposes a glacier,
which the warm breezes of ages have
railed to scar. A crystal in emerald
settings! And a mighty waterfall
blindly forges its way through the
cleavage and leaps with deafening
roar from crag to crag, until it surges
into the lake below and is lost in its
*wn whirl. From every viewpoint
there is much that thrills me, much',
that palls me with its grandeur. In
search of wealth and adventure the
writer has seen much of this old world
of ours; off and anon has he gazed
at some of Nature's scenic marvels,
but all sink into insignificance by
comparison. The Mighty Creator
gave unstinting glory to fair Slocan.
It is His masterpiece; and yet how
sad to reflect that the world knows
it not. To the Alps and the Ardennes
crowds are rushed yearly to see that
which is but a conciliatory substitute,
but not until "Slocan" has been "discovered" by the great travelling public will its glories be unfolded. Gem
of Canada I Brightest diadem in the
Empire's Crown! We lament coincidences that have retarded exploitation of your astral beauties. You
are long suffering and patient, but
you will���you must eventually become
the mecca of Tourists I
supplying lumber and timber for the
mines ot ihe district and building material lor ihe towns that were every-
wnere springing up.
in 18i*/ tins nriii built another mill
at "Material Yard," now called West-
ley, at tne lower end of the Arrow
Lake, to supply timber for the construction ol Uie Columbia and West-
em Kaii way.
I11 looy me firm of P. Genelle & Co.
amalgamated with Blue __ Fisher, of
kossiund, loriiiing the Yale-Columbia
Lumber Co., Limited, In 1900 Blue
& 1'isner soid llieir interests 111 this
him to Peter Genelle, but the business
.mi* suil earned on under the firm
name of tlie Yale-Columbia Lumber
Lo., Limited, with nulls at Nakusp,
Kobson, Rossland, Cascade, Rock
���oieek and Dcadwood, besides operating yaids as well at Phoenix and
During this time the competition
for standing timber was becoming
keen, and many miles of valuable
limber were acquired by this firm on
the Arrow Lakes, Columbia River,
Kettle River and elsewhere, so that in
1904 this firm had some 80 miles of
standing timber. In this same year
the mill at Nakusp was burned and
has not been rebuilt. In 1905 the entire interests of the Yale-Columbia
Lumber Co., Limited, were purchased
by the Bowman Lumber Co., of
Minneapolis, who already owned large
tracts of timber in the Revelstoke
district. In March of this year the
Bowman Lumber Co., and the Elk
Lumber Co., of Fernie, amalgamated
their interests, so that to-day the
business started in 1891 by Peter
Genelle at Nakusp is part of the property of a company capitalized at $10,-
000,000 and having the greatest daily
capacity of any company operating in
the interior of British Columbia, and
as a matter of fact largest daily ca
pacity, which may  be estimated atering some of the choicest timber in
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one and a half million feet.
In the year 1892, the firm of Hill
Bros, commenced operations at the
head of Slocan Lake and continued
business untill 1902, when they sold
their niill together with their standing timber to the Ontario Slocan
Lumber Co., Limited, an eastern firm
with head office at Orillia, Ontario,
and the head office for the province
at Slocan City, B. C. This firm,
in the winter of 1902-03 erected at
Slocan City a shingle mill with a capacity of 100,000 shingles per 10
hours, and operated during the season
the interior situated on Wilson and
Bonanza Creeks. All told their holdings in standing merchantable timber
would reach a total of from 200 to
250 million feet. With the revival of
trade there is no doubt but what operations will be again continued and
will in a great measure assist in the
general prosperity of the district.
About 1894 another mill was built
at Slocan Lake, on Mill Creek, and
although the owners discontinued operations after ��� years, yet in 1905
this mill was purchased by T. Lloyd,
A. Severes and J. Corey, who traded
of 1903-04, but owing to the state of   under the firm name of the New Den-
trade in the lumber business at that
time they discontinued operations and
nothing has been done with the mills
since that time. Apart from the timber bought from Hill Bros, this firm
has staked and acquired from the
Provincial Government licenses cov-
vcr Lumber Co. In the spring of 1908
tlie entire holdings of the company
were purchased by L. Slie, who
by careful attention to business has
built up sufficient trade to consume
the entire product of his mill.
In 1897 the timber along the Slocan
River, which was owned by the C.P.
R. Co. attracted attention and J. li.
Wineau, an eastern lumberman, commenced operations at VV uieau, 13
miles from bloean City, btarting hrsi
with a mill of small capacity and increasing the capacity a**, trade conditions would wan ant, Mr. Vv uieau has
to-day one of the best equipped mills
in tne interior, and tlie lumuer manufactured by turn aiways hnds a ready
sale. Associated wun Mr. J. B. Wineau is his son, A. is. Wineau, who
has now for some time had active
management of the business.
In May, 1904 the reserve that had
existed on certain timber lands on uie
Slocan and Little biocan Rivers were
lilted and considerable timber was
acquired by different parties, chiefly
among them being Mr. VV. C. E.
Koch. Mr. Koch at that time was
successfully operating a small mill at
Enterprise on Slocan Lake, but shortly afterwards erected a new mill on
the Slocan River at "Koch's." Mr.
Koch, in addition to the timber he
acquired from the Government, purchased outright the interests of other
parties on the Little Slocan and Main
Slocan Rivers, so that to-day Mr.
Koch owns many valuable miles of
choice timber.
The mill has a daily capacity of
about 40,000 feet.
The latest Eastern firm to acquire
timber land in the district are the
Palrick Lumber Co., Limited, with
Jos. Palrick as manager.
This firm in 1906 purchased some
9,000 acres of timber land from T. D.
Woodcock, who had, in 1904, purchased from the Canadian Pacific Railway
Co. This block of timber is situated
on the Little Slocan and contains
some of the choicest timber in the d's-
trict. Although the season of 1008
promised to be dull in the lumber
trade it did not affect the operations
of the company.
During; the winter 1907-'08 this firm
cut some 13.000.000 feet of logs and
these are now being driven down
the Little Slocan River to the mill
which will be in operation by July IS.
The mill being erected by this company is situated at Crescent Valley on
the Slocan River, and will he the
largest in the district, and equipped
with all the latest machinery and will
have a daily capacity of 125.000 feet.
At Summit, midway between Nakusp and Roseherry. tbere has also
been erected hy J. R. Bovnton, of
Fernie, B.C.. a tie and lumber mill.
Their timber is situate along the line
of the N. 81 S. Railway. This firm
owns very valuable tie and pole limits
as well. F. Robinson is manager of
thc company.
In course of construction to-day is
the mill of the Silverton Lumber and
Power Co., Ltd.. this company owning- tie and lumber limits in Slocan
Lake, and hv the time this issue is
in the hands of onr readers the mill
will be in active operation.
In addition to the timber owned by
those mentioned in the foregoing there
are held manv miles of valuable timber in the district by individuals. This
timber to-day is worth about 75c
per thousand slumpage, but will soon
double in value.
The action of the Government in
December last in reserving all timber
lands left in the province will in a
measure make that which is held more
valuable, but one has but to read the
reports of Eastern reviews to find
that the once thickly timbered Eastern districts have been so rapidly
cut off that to-day B. C. is looked
upon as being the one province in
the Dominion where an investor, today will, in a few years, treble the
amount of capital invested, SLOGAN    MIKING    REVIEW
" The Place Where The Mines Are"
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qITUATED     amidst
U    the most beautiful
of   surroundings,   and
having the  finest har-
.,    bor   on   Slocan   Lake,
\*  tlie town of Silverton
}___. is located at the very
^��0 nerve-centre of a dis-
;^ trict that is rapidly developing into the richest    portion     of    the
Slocan country.
There is no "Boom
on" in this progressive community, but it
is forging steadily ahead, strictly on the merits of its unsurpassed resources, now daily growing in importance,
as a logical result of the splendid sliowings obtained from
careful developments. Foremost of tiiese resources are
the vast mineral deposits; and tnough development is yet
in its inlancy, many of the mines are even now on a
first-class paying basis, though work has been retarded
in this line by adverse conditions of the metal and money
markeis, making it a uitncuit matter to secure capital
necessary for tne economical prosecution of this work.
Owing to this fact mucli of Uie ore mined in the past
was hand-sorted, but as this is being rapidly done away
with, on account of improved conditions, tne output of
shipping ore is increasing rapidly.
bp to the first of tne present year something over
13,900 tons of high grade ore was snipped from Silver-
ton, having an aggregate value of more than $911,000.00.
During the past three years the annual average output
has increased about 300 per cent., and the tonnage for the
present year will undoubtedly show an even larger increase. When you couple Uie above figures with Uie fact
that some of the best looking mines have been providing
for the future by leaving large ore reserves tnoroughiy
blocked out and reatly fur stoping, you realize that the
prospects for increased prosperity are excellent.
This well known property has, up to the present year,
shipped 5,_U0 tons of ore at a value of more than ^oOO,-
000.00. This company is now steauily prosecuting development work, and increasing their ore reserves, which
> are numerous and high grade. A reserve of 50,000 tons
is actually blocked out, and as much more partiahy so
that will soon be finished. Magnificent showings are to
be seen in other places, as yet undeveloped, and the success of future operations seems to be assured. During
the past year a new tramway has been erected to connect with the Wakefieid mill, which, together with the
Wakefield mine, is under lease and bond to the Hewett
Mining Company.
This company expect to keep their mill running full
capacity and will have an additional force developing at
the Wakefield and Reed & Tenderfoot mines.
Operated by the LeRoy, No. 2, Company have shipped,
up to the first of the present year, ore valued at $205,-
000.00. Of this amount $75,000.00 worth was shipped by
former owners and lessees of the property.
During last year 15,000 tons of ore was milled at
the Wakefield and the output was increased over 300 per
cent, as compared with previous years. A large force
of men are kept steadily at development work. The mine
has a tramway connection with the Wakefield mill, and
the company are this season installing a 12-drill compressor, and are making numerous other improvements,
which will no doubt largely increase the output of the
Another notable silver-lead producer of this section
is the "Standard." From this mine 1,600 tons of ore have
been shipped, valued at $100,000.00, and large ore
reserves are in sight for future use.
The management expert to keep about 25 men continuously at work.
The output for the year 1907 showed an increase of
200 per cent, over that of 1906. And the present year wili
see the record of last year more than doubled.
Situated adjoining, the Standard Mine is one of the
oldest mines in lbe Slocan, and the first shipper from the
Silverton dislrict���The Alpha. For thirteen years idle,
the mine is once again ou the list of active operations���
and will no doubt soon become a heavy shipper.
In the past years about 1,200 tuns of siiver-lead ore
were shipped, aggregating in value $1211,01)0.00. And
present devilopmcnt is proving that valuab.c ore deposits
are still al first hand.
This property, situated near the Wakefield, is being
extensively developed this year under the management of
Samuel Watson.
65 tons of high grade ore were shipped from the property while under lease, and the present indications are
that it will soon be on the active shipping list.
This is another property which has done extensive
development work, and also shipped several cars of rich
ore. Of late, however, this mine has been closed, owing
to lack of funds for much-needed deve.opment, but, it is
reported, the management have decided to resume active
operations this season.
This is another mine in which many thousands of feet
of development work has been done, showing up large
bodies of silver, lead and zinc milling ore, together with
some of high grade. About 1,200 tons have been treated
with satisfactory results, and this mine will make a big
producer when machinery is installed for the economical
saving of the values of the ore.
Also have a big showing of silver-lead-zinc ore ready
to mine, but the owners are apparently awaiting a more
favorable condition of the zinc market, as this metal is
at present an important asset of their ores. A watchman is kept looking after the property, and they are
apparently in readiness to resume operations at any time.
-Taken from W. Hunter's Residence.
That such a property should be idle is unfortunate.
Over 600 tons of very high grade ore was shipped from
this property while under lease and bond valued at about
$45,000.00, and the property has all the "earmarks" of a
good producer; but has been closed for some time owing
to adverse circumstances, evidently not the fault of the
property. It is understood that negotiations are now under way which, if successful, will once again place this
property on the shipping list.
The Comstock has been operated under lease and
bond, and something over 500 tons of silver-lead ore has
been shipped from the property, and the owners hope soon
to resume operations and carry out the extensive development undertaken in the past.
THE "L." "H." MINE.
Concerning this property very little has hitherto found
its way into the news columns and, consequently, few
realize that there is a gold be't near Silverton, and that
several properties are being slowly developed, with remarkably good results. The chief work on this line has
been done on the "L." "H.," and the owners have been
rewarded for their perseverance and outlay by large
bodies of pay ore being exposed in their lowest level,
which will undoubtedly pay a good profit and the mine
will be an immense producer when necessary capital is
invested for the proper handling and treatment of the
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We have mentioned above some of the producers of
Silverton District. There are numerous other prospects,
with good showings of ore awaiting capital for development. Prominent among these might be mentioned the
"Torpedo," "Lou Dillon," "Prcscott," "Deception," "Go!
den," "Rockland," "Silver Nugget," "Gem" and "Cliff
Coming down to the fertile bench lands adjacent to
Silverton we find agricultural resources that are second
to none in B. C.
Fronting on this portion of Slocan Lake and extending back to the foothills are more than 5,000 acres of
land, most of it suitable for general farming, and is especially adapted to fruit growing, there being none better, as can be demonstrated by those having tracts of
land now under cultivation.
Situated close to Siocan Lake, with a mild and equitable climate, good soil, well watered, having good waggon roads leading through the main avenues, and with
public improvements annually increasing���where can yo>,
find better inducements for the homeseeker?
The rapidly expanding mining industry will furnish
a home market for all the various products of the farm
and garden at top prices.
Silverton is the supply point for this district and the
most charming residential town of the Slocan country.
Wm.  H.  Hunter,  M.P.P.
Fifteen years ago Win. Hunter, after carefully looking over the different districts, decided that Silverton
was destined to become the leading centre of the Slocan,
and so established the first permanent business venture
of the camp as a genera! merchant, under the firm name
of Hunter & McKinnon. The wisdom of his choice is
the history of the place, and it is only a fitting tribute to
his labors in behalf of the country that he should now be
representing the Slocan riding as member of the Provincial Parliament, where he is displaying the same business
acumen in the Legislative chamber as in a private enterprise. With his family he resides in one of the finest
dwellings in Silverton.
The town boasts of the first system of water work*.;
to be installed in any of the lake towns, and it is being
rapidly extended wherever needed. Its source of supply
is Hume Creek, which is fed by the purest of springs. An
adequate reservoir keeps plenty of water in reserve in
case of fire, with plenty of pressure.
T. H. Wilson, general merchant, successor of Win.
Hunter & Co., carries one of the largest stocks of general
merchandise to be found in this part of B. C, and is
thus able on short notice to supply any sized order in all
lines. ,|ijjj   j
In this line of business F. F. Liebscher conducts one
of the best establishments in the Kootenay, carrying a
complete stock, and all the work being done in Silverton.
Mrs. A. Carey, grocer, carries a full line in this department, and operates the town dairy. In partnership
with her sons she also operates a livery stable, where she
always aims to have saddle horses and teams always on
hand for the accommodation of the public.
The firm of J. McKinnon have also lately engaged in
the grocery business, and aim to have on hand a full line
of choice goods.   '   , 1I
They also manage the Silverton post office, whic.i ������*
located in the same building.
Silverton is quite fortunate in having three first-class
hotels to supply the demands of the public. Here you
will find splendid accommodation and excellent meals al
either the Selkirk, D. Brandon, proprietor; the Windsor.
D. Grant, proprietor, or the Victoria, Mrs. A. Carey,
In the genera! freighting business J. Cavan, who resides here with liis family, is kept constantly busy, and
keeps a number of heavy teams for supplying the demands of the public in that line.
The Silverton school is presided over by Mrs. B, F.
McNaught, a recent arrival, and is in a flourishing condition, tlie citizens generally taking a deep interest in
the welfare of this institution, which augers well for
the community.
A Union church, and the Roman Catholic church an*
both spacious and comfortable, nnd services are regularly
held there by the different denominations.
The real estate business is represented by J. W. M
Tinling, who is secretary of the Silverton Progressn >���
Association, and will always be found ready to .give nny
information obtainable as to resources of the district.
The Silverton Progressive Association is taking an
active part in public improvements, and at the present
time they have the lumber on the ground for, and will
proceed to put down, over 3,000 feet of new sidewalks.
As a means of communication with the outside world,
the Canadian Pacific give the place a daily service each
way and a double service three times a week, the steamer
Slocan connecting with trains at each end of thc lake and
carrying mail, passengers and freight on each trip.
Visitors to this charming spot will receive all the comforts of a home at the Windsor. I personally look after
thc interests and comforts of my guests.
Duncan Grant, Proprietor
MRS. A. CAREY, Prop.
Stay at the Victoria Hotel when visiting Silverton. Your
visit will be a memorable one. First-class rooms and excellent cuisine.
The home for tourists and mining men.
Guides furnished and the creature comforts
of    guests    personally    superintended.
Dan Brand
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The Challenge
of the M
By the Editor
A True Story of
HERE was no more than
a hint of dawn where
the   eastern   sky   hung
low upon the mountain
- m,    na      when Frank E. Griffith,
Py^jlKv in that  spring morning
w&EEja ��f '93, shouldered his
pack and piked due
north from the site upon which now stands
Slocan City. In those
BM*ft3_(*j early days at such an
^P_i^_ liour,   thc   human   ll<>t
sam and jetsam that
ever drifts on the wave
of prosperity, had scarce entered
slumberland, and even then there were
to be seen those "wolf-eyed habitues
of tlie gambling tallies prowling from
cabin to cabin in search of the food
fur which their lustful souls craved.
Willi a nod and ;i polite "Bon Soir,"
the hero of this sketcli passed through
a group of men and women of such
calibre. With a smjle lie banteringly
declined the invitation of a painted
jade to partake of a "jolt of redeye"
ere he hit the grit; for like the majority of men who follow the pursuit
of precious metals, and whose craving
for liquor ceases at the moment the
resolve is made to commune with Nature, the invitation held no inducements for him.
Built of that swarthy type that
knows no fear, his picturesque figure
swung across the clearing and the
ponderous load whicli his broad shoulders bore, rolled in rhythm with his
swinging stride. Soon among the
alder he passed from view, and that
was the last for eight months the fitful camp saw of this bronzed pioneer.
But let us follow him at a respectful
distance. No trails, as now, existed.
His practised eye sought for the spots
where foothold was secure. For two
hours he skirted the shore line of the
lake, then up, up, he beat through the
bush, the prodigious load at his shoulders nigh bending bim double, but
never for a moment letting up until,
arrived at a trilling rivulet, he loosened his shoulder straps and emitted a "wheugh!"
Here he pitched his rude tent and
baked his bannock; and there in the
cool of the evening while be sucked
his pipe and gazed into the dying
embers, his inner soul was stirred at
the awful hush of the bush and the
grandeur of his surroundings. Far
from the busy haunts of men, into
the very heart of a primeval forest
in which foot of man had ne'er hitherto trodden, who can wonder that
his first night amidst the solitude was
depressing? Tossing upon his couch
of cedar boughs, rifle at hand, sleep
refused to woo him, and at a safe distance the coyotes whined a miserere,
while the hoot owl to the moon complained. He could hear the crackling
of thc branches as a member of the
bear family soughed his way through
the brush, and a porcupine had thrice
been ejected from his abode ere the
steel rays of the morning light shot
across the threshold, and it was then
Morpheus sought him but not before
he bad in those waking hours agreed
wilh his revolting soul that the world's
wealth was unevenly distributed, and
that though some were born in the lap
of luxury, wealth would not come to
bim unless he wooed it from tbe bowels of the earth, and bis remarkable
resolve was made: "I'll make a slake.
I'll make a slake! With these hands
I'll make a stake !"
And so for six months be pursued
his solitary, though fascinating, mission. AU the hardships if a prospector's life came, stayed and made
way for a harder series: bacon and
beans, beans and bacon, until at the
end of eight months, when the snow
began to linger, his meagre fare consisted of bannock, and bannock, and
then porcupine. Before repairing to
camp to reimburse his commissariat
he built a substantial cabin, but ne'er
a wayfarer had yet shared with hiin
his humble abode.
Frank had discovered a few weeks
previously some float which his long
association with ore led him to believe was galena permeated with grey
copper, or, to be more technical, sulphide of silver. If this was not a
"fool-killer," there was wealth,
wealth, awaiting him open-armed.
But he had yet before him thc task
of locating the lode, and in such a
rugged country, a piece of rock becoming dislodged in its downward
flight might richochet from crag to
crag, and ere reaching horizontal
ground travel miles by an indirect
route from its base.
It was his firm purpose, then, to locate this lode, and though the drifting
snows had paralyzed his efforts for
the nonce, early spring saw him eagerly scratching high up above the
limber line, poring into every cranny.
examining with the eye of an expert
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every piece of rock which seemed
foreign to the general formation,
and mentally classifying the divers
specimens to the distinct category.
Times there were when hope in the
average man would have been irretrievably crushed. At that tune the
country was ringing with tlie reports
i.f rich strikes, and upon occasions
when he had to make excursions to
the camp to replenish his larder, he
would see bis old "tillieums" fat in
purse and sleekly groomed, as the
outcome of a sale of a mineral claim
upon which the gladding ore had
lieen located. Back to his own cabin
lie wouid slip, the only man upon lhe
unbeaten trail to the \\ estmont
(.which lie had fondly named his
mineral claim alter a celebrated race
horse), and then he would, with renewed energy, resume his researches.
At last after another year's prospecting within a mile of his cabin, he
again picked up more "float," and this
spurred him on. Scanning the out-
croppings, as he clambered up its precipitous surface inch liy inch, his
heart at last gave a great throb of
pleasure. There he distinguished the
apex of the ledge for whicli he sought,
and as he plied his pick vigorously he
saw evidences of mineral, but nowhere could be discern enough to
warrant him continuing the struggle.
"A voice from out of the ground
seemed to whisper to ine," he said.
"Down, down to the bowels of the
earth the secrets of the eternal hill
remain for you lo reveal ! Dig! Dig!
you surely shall conquer!" And the
sturdy son of the purpling mountains
returned lo his cabin, his teeth set,
bis finger nails buried into the flesh
until the veins of bis copper-colored
arms stood out like whipcords. He
alone realized tbe magnitude of the
task before him. To recede from his
purpose now would lessen his regard
for his own indomitable self. He
would go on and obey the voice whicli
came to bim from Nowhere, and ere
be reached liis cabin he turned, squared liis shoulders, and issued a glorious challenge to the mountains.
There in the hush of the snow, this
proud son of the Anglo-Saxon race
raised bis brawny arms to Heaven,
and as lie faced tlie hill upon which
his lone herculean efforts were tn
lie centred, lie registered this vow:
"By the hones of the sweet mother
who gave'me birth: by tlie hopes of
tlie goi d and tlie power of the Almighty,  I  swear never to let up. I'll
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make a stake, or leave my bones to
bleach upon the rocks that now beckon and lure me to their depths!"
The rest is soon told, tiui wealth
was slow in opening up a vista to
him. For twelve years, living the
solitary life of hermit, he stripped
the outcroppings, and during that
time he, unaided, bored into the
mountains through the hard granite with his chisel-shaped steel,
a distance of 1,200 feet. He
was his own engineer, miner,
mucker and blacksmith. With
an improvised wheelbarrow he conveyed to the portal of his long tunnel
all the dirt.be loosened from the face.
Think of that, ye mining magnate,
who leach from suckers and complain
if the most approved and modern machinery is not at your command. He
was his own cook, chambermaid and
housewife, and all to secure a competence and add to the world's riches.
During the long period of activity
mi his part .the Slocan had been acclaimed as the mecca of the mines,
but its spasmodic leap to prominence
as tbe banner lead-producing section
of the world was not an influence for
the country's good. When the known
surface showings were gathered in,
and fortunes had been made in a
night, there came a time when the
rich veins had to be explored at depth
and then the crucial test of men and
companies began. As with all other
silver camps, history repeated itself.
Few of the so-called mining companies got further than mining thc pockets of their confiding shareholders
when the first boom had hushed, and
so the Silvery Slocan received its
first' black-eye, and it is only now
proudly raising its head because deep
mining has in every instance paid,
and those who were either too deep
in the mire to withdraw, and those
wilh unlimited confidence, arc now
reaping a reward.
And so through the change Frank
(irifiith kept steadily ahead. Lack of
capital alone prevented him from devilling his sole attention to his life's
project. When provisions were out,
hack he would go to town and cut
cordwood until his labor had refilled
liis larder for another bout. Well-
meaning friends would try and dissuade him from his purpose. "Frank
is too good a fellow," tliey would remark, "to waste his life upon a futile
search," but be would sagely shake
his head and retort: "Tie who laughs
last, laughs best."
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It was in the fall of last year that
Frank did something which made his
most sanguine friends feel alarm for
the state of his mind. Visitors to the
prospect found him one day very busy
constructing ore bins. Surely with
no ore 111 sight this was the last straw
���and the glances that passed between the visitors were not reassuring, nor were they unseen by Frank.
His answer to their queries is best
given by one of them:
"Sit down," said Frank. "1 know
what's passing through you fellows'
minds; you think I'm bughouse. Look
me square in the eyes; do you see
anything wrong with me? You're
alarmed for my sanity. Now, drop
it. I'm as sound as a trivet in mind
and body; wad very low; but before
a month has passed I'll fill those ore
bins with some of the richest dope
the Slocan ever saw. Now, go down
the hill and I'll be there with the
juice in a montli."
A few weeks later news leaked
over that Frank (irifiith bad struck it
rich. To verify tlie report samples
were shown around that assayed
thousands of dollars to lbe ton.    The
trail to the Westmont was then a
well-worn one. Frank came down
from the bill with a grin as extended
as the sidewalk, and the assays were
placed in his hands. "Say, you fellows," he remarked, "want a job
sacking ore?" and a dozen men hit
the pike the next morning at daybreak. The first car from the Westmont was shipped out in a few days,
the net returns from which were
Frank Griffith can be seen nearly
every day at the Arlington Hotel,
Slogan City, of which he is the genial
Boniface. The Westmont Mining
Compahy, of which Frank E. (irifiith
is the managing director, is regularly
shipping rich ore to the smelter, and
all concerned are becoming rich men
Mr. Griffith still holds a half-interest
in  the issue of stock.
We believe there are not more tban
two instances on record where a man
so tenaciously stuck to his properly,
mil he is ever ready to say to a prospector who considers himself down
and out: "Stay with it, my lad. and
keep a stiff upper lip!"
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Exploring  The
New Denver Glacier
HE supply of Dark Continents, nay, even of
Polar regions that remain to be conquered
by the ambitious and
restless sons of men, is
becoming very limited,
and soon the adventurous person who seeks
tlie "bubble reputation"
for having been the
"very first" to explore
some remote region
will weep perforce like the ancient
Macedonian, for tbere will be nothing left for him to conquer; therefore
a plain account of a bit of genuine exploration and hard work in the mountains of British Columbia is likely to
prove interesting.
How the mountain and glacier remained unexplored in full sight of
the town of New Denver seems peculiar and should be explained, for
ever since old Eli Carpenter, the
queer little French-Canadian prospector, had located tbe first of tbe rich
claims around Sandon, and the fame
of thc silver lead ores of tbe Slocan
bad been noised abroad, thc mountains to the east of the Slocan Lake
had been overrun by prospectors, and
every ridge and draw in the country
had been searched for "float" or the
outcrop of a ledge. Rut to the West
of tbe Slocan Lake there is a sudden change, thc ancient shales of the
Slocan, in which the veins containing the silver lead ores occur, suddenly give place to a granite formation, huge, massive, and "hungry-
of the skilled
supplies to a minimum, and at the
end of four days we bad had just enough of everything, but hardly anything was left over.
Both Thomlinson and myself were
well used to "walking logs," and all
three of us had taken the precaution
lo have our nail boots well studded
with good, hob nails before we started (not too many nails but just enough to give a good firm foothold
wherever we trod). Now we made
our way carefully along, taking no
risks. At times we found some great
log lying so that we could walk comfortably along it for fifty yards, and
at times it took a whole lot of climbing to make even that much progress.
"The path of true love never did run
smooth," but I hope that most of my
readers may find it smoother than
that valley. At times we were like
Mahomet's coffin, suspended between
heaven and earth, and with a decided
tendency to come a cropper on the
latter, unless we most carefully selected our footing, for at times *we
were as much as twenty feet from
the ground, and for a great distance
we never stepped on anything but
logs and boulders, so dense was the
wreckage. At the end of thc valley
rose a wall of rock over which a
splendid waterfall was dashing and
which seemed to bar all further progress. Six o'clock found us at the
head of the valley and close to the
falls. Here wc thought of camping,
but there was much spray and a general dampness, so we decided to climb
the hillside to the right and there try
to find a place to camp. We pushed
on, making our way with great difficulty, for the mountain was very
steep and rough. We looked constantly for a possible camping ground
but could find none. It began to grow
dusk, and we began to grow less particular   and  would   have   thankfully
looking" to the    eve    _. -.._
prospectors, who soon turned back to    camped at many places we had pre-
*��,r.l, nmonirst the  more promising    viously  scorned.      We    should now
bave hailed with delight even three
by six feet of fairly flat ground. Now
search amongst thc  more  promising
looking country to the East.
Circumstances bad reduced the exploring party from six to three, and
three are plenty for sucb an expedition, for with greater numbers the
chances of mishaps and delays arc increased and the breakdown of one individual might ruin thc whole cxped'
wc climbed with desperate energy,
for we realized that it was a cast* of
reaching the top of thc precipice and
getting to the second valley, and in
this we finally succeeded, and just as
it grew dark we found a place which.
_        ,          ._   _.���_,_,.,,������.. t_:.| however, could only be described as
tion.    Our plans were careiullj  laid ���               ���___.���_���_
j             a a   ���.,   *���,,,  of   -.ven  the 'css steep, and we determined to camp
and  succeeded,  as  few  ot  even  tne i                                                 i
best laid plans of mice and men are
credited with  doing.      Thc weather
last  summer    was    very    unsettled,
.      e             An.���*m;e,��A tr, ctnrt di- *���'<��� ���������*<* a roaring blaze, and our pots
therefore wc determined to start 01- *>      ���.             .   r    ,
,,                        ,    ������j l.j., duly sung over it.    lhen we turned
rertlv we saw a chance, ana having ,*���;_,      .,    ,   ,         ...          , .,  _,,,
elected  a   captain  in  the  person  of
Off went our packs. Thomlinson
and Nelson made a fire. I went off
for water from the creek, and soon
William Thomlinson, who agreed to
make all preparations and organize
the commissariat department, we hided our time, and on Wednesday
morning word came that we were to
start soon after noon.
Under Thomlinson's leadership there
was very littlo fuss or delay at the
start, and shortly after 2 p.m. we
were gliding peacefully in a beautiful
little naphtha launch towards the
point whence wc were to start up
thc mountain. The two miles of calm
water was soon crossed, and we
quickly disembarked and started to
make up our packs. First our blankets were spread out on the ground,
and the parcels of provisions were
divided  amongst    the    three  packs.
to solve the bed question, and it did
not look very inviting. The ground
was comparatively flat, but only when
compared with slopes of fifty or sixty
degrees, and il had a granite boulder
sticking up in it which refused to
move. However, wc worked desperately, collecting rotten logs, rocks,
anything to throw in, and make it
more level, and we cut a lot of hemlock brush and spread it to the best
advantage by the flickering fire light.
Our supper consisted of a can of pork
and beans and a big pot of boiled
rice, also a slice of bread and butter
all washed down with plenteous tea.
The night was perfect. As we stretched
ourselves on our queer bed, gazing
np into the glorious firmament, we
fell into a pleasant talk of the day's
Then each pack was rolled up into doings, and of our plans and hopes
a neat compact bundle, and each for the morrow. It was a combtna-
man took a spare pair of blue canvas    tion of beauty and majesty never tc
man tooK a spare pi
overall trousers, and put the end of
the pack into tbe body of the trousers,
buttoned them up, and tied them
tightly  round the  waist.    Then  the
be forgotten���the noble mountains
outlined against the stars. I have
seen muddy old Father Thames in
1 ondon  transfigured into beauty by
legs were turned back  and  tied  to    the glamour of moonlight   and here
the other end of the pack securely,    the mysterious influence 0<: the night
thereby making of the legs splendid
shoulder straps, and we were ready
to start climbing. Our whole outfit
was of the simplest and lightest possible nature. Experience and study
had enabled our captain to reduce our
was shed over some of the grandest
mountain scenery that earth can
boast. Our appreciation of the scenery was soon interfered with by the
discomforts of our bed. We found
that we had an irresistible inclination
I'lio young Canadians lnke a Course of Physical Drill.
A Sen of Eternal lee.
to slide down hill.    We were a mag- hour's hard work, we chose a splen-
nificent illustration of glacial  move- did camping ground, and with an im-
meiit, as I explained   to   my   friend mense sense of relief threw off our
Thomlinson, but as he was represent- packs,    ll  was about  noon, and wc
ing the moraine of the glacier, and bad been on tin* march since six a.m.,
bis  back  was  up  against a granite
projection,  even   his enthusiasm  for
These took lirst prizes easily al Nelson Pair, 1907.
With the rooks taken from his ground Mr. Avison has
built n niosl substantial fence, which cnll be seen In the
climbed up and along the ridge to
tbe very top. The frost had weathered the granite into a great pile of
loose rocks; at the very summit there
seemed nothing solid. This scramble
took only a few minutes and we were
shaking bands over the topmost rock
and putting a few records of our
achievement in secure places. Then
back to rejoin Nelson, and to escape
from thc keen wind.
We returned by a rather shorter
and steeper route, and looked down
into a  crevasse  about  a  foot  wide,
neighboring crag, looking singularly
appropriate to these wild scenes. We
carefully selected our  route  for the *mt apparently    of enormous    depth.
morrow's  climb  to  the  glacier,  and There were many boulders on the ice
then returned to camp. A comfort- jn pIaCes, slowly but surely travel-
therefore no time was lost. Our able, almost luxurious bed of moun- ]jn^ down to join their brothers in
commander-in-chief himself superin- tain feathers, with their savour of t]le moraine, and at the foot of the
tended the cooking, whilst N'clson resin and balsam, utter weariness glacier were numbers of little streams
stripped off a vast amount of "moun- and the pleasant little brook mur- hastening to the muddy creek which
tain feathers," i.e., small twigs, lo muring by, no wonder that I only flowed down the valley. The red ox-
make a soft bed of. 1 chopped fire- awoke to hear the others discussing jde of iron from the rocky debris
wood and got tent poles. Our din- the great thunderstorm that had ,m *|,e glacier had given the ice a
ner was a glorious success, and our broken overhead during the night, decidedly pink tint in places,
ecstasies  rivalled those  of  the cele-    and made us bless our friendly tent        '|*0 t*le |cft  0f tilc  giacjcr  js an_
science was scarcely equal to the oc-
brated Chinaman who lirst discovered
roast pork, as we attacked the noble
ham that we had captured from tbe
deserted camp, and drank our tea.
There was a sense of achievement,
also, in that tbe worst of our journey
was over, and we were free of those
most   fervently.     Tbe   morning   was     other one, a mere remnant of a gla-
far from promising and  it  was  still     der,  skulking  behind  the mountain
from its enemy the victorious sun.
Beyond the mountain we climbed is
a great sea of mountains and other
glaciers���waiting to be explored���a
most fascinating    country    for    the
���asion.     After   struggling  vainly  to    snug and secure, for the weather was
bold ourselves up for wbat seemed a    none too certain.
geological   period,  we   concluded   to       Then Thomlinson and I sel mil to
slide   and  had  no   sooner  begun   to   climb the  ridge  opposite the  glacier
raining. However,, there was improvement before long, and the sun
was shining when we started out.
The wind was too keen to encourage us to linger, and in a few min-
wearisomc packs.    Next, we set  our    utes we were at the very edge of the sportsman, geologist or mountaineer.
camp in order,    making    everything   glacier and prepared to go on it. We We returned next day, carefully'sur-
had a piece of rope about thirty feet veying tbe country as we went for
long, with loops ai each end and one the best line on which to build a trail
in the middle. Thomlinson went first, so that others might be able to en-
Nelson in the middle, I was to act as joy this glorious scenery. In this we
anchor in case of emergency, and were very successful, and were able
brought up the rear. Each held a to pick out a very practicable route,
loop securely, and wc kept the rope so that when the wreckage of logs
taut between us, so that if one slid is cleared away and "switchbacks"
down a steep place or into a crevasse graded out up the steep places, it will
be would be checked immediately. We be perfectly easy to ride or walk
had chosen our path well, and found right to the glacier in a few hours,
lbe travelling pretty good, though The citizens of New Denver have
there was a lot of fresh snow in taken up this work with enthusiasm,
places up to our knees. Here we and already a lot of lhe trail is built,
proceeded very cautiously, for fear of The rest will be finished this spring
hidden crevasses. Wc greatly wish- and a comfortable cabin erected for
ed that we had had an alpenstock, the convenience and shelter of visitor some pole to prod into the snow ors. Thomlinson bad been informed
and find out on what wc were going that in several places an outcrop of
to step. We crossed a number slate had been observed, which, if
of small crevasses only an inch or true, would make it appear that the
two wide, but very deep, and we mighty granite mountains over which
saw a lot of bigger ones, but avoided
them. There came a very sudden
and quite unexpected change in the
weather, and a snow storm came on,
we struggled bad been thrown un on
top of the slate by some enormous
convulsion of nature. But close inspection   revealed  the   fact   that  the
do so than my feet touched a friend
ly log, against which I braced myself and obtained some measure of
comfort and even of sleep. There
was no danger of oversleeping under
such circumstances, and witb the first
streak of daylight, we were busy
getting breakfast, and bad actually to
wait afler breakfast for sufficient
ligbl In proceed safely.
Another valley very similar to the
* first, and another stiff climb, brought
us to the third valley. Here we were
very thankful to leave tbe burnt timber behind and find easier travelling.
Roth deer and bear tracks were here
very numerous; in tact the deer had
regular trails which it was easy tn
follow. The timber was much smaller than that which was growing in
the lower valleys. First tbe Douglas firs, then the cedars bad disappeared, now hemlock was the principal  timber,  which   in its  turn  gave
so that we could pick out the best
route for tin.: next day's work. We
had a glorious scramble, coming mi a
Skirting Hunter Peak.
place where a prospector in the early-
days had worked hard to try and
find a mine, hut his efforts, we con-
apparently from nowhere. This was supposed slate was really an altered
most disconcerting, and as it grew form of the granite, due to the
heavier, our prospects of reaching "shearing" action or slow movements
the top of thc mountain grew small, of these enormous masses of rock.
We stood still, fearing to move for- There was more lime to examine
ward for fear of crevasses, and most lbe waterfalls and other features of
unwilling to turn back. Wc deter- lhe valley on our return journey and
mined to eat lunch and nibbled our wo took a good many rests, for we
sea biscuits as we stood up to our bad heavier packs than we bad start-
knees in thc snow, feeling decidedly ed with, in fact mine weighed almost
blue and cold. Suddenly a mountain fifty pounds, owing to the addition of
peak loomed forth through the snow, the heavy wet tent, and some little
then disappeared, and reappeared, mementoes of the trip.
and lo, lbe storm was over���the Now, once again, we arc at the
comforting sun shone forth in a shore of the lake and have lit the
clear blue sky. May all our troubles signal fires, which soon bring a
end thus happily. On we went, mak- launch to our assistance. We learn
ing our way up and across the ice- that our friends in New Denver have
field towards the farthest and high- been watching our progress across
est peak; the last part was very steep the icefield through telescopes and
and wc were very cautious for fear field glasses, and now are waiting to
of losing our footing. At last wc give us a hearty welcome as we step
reached the bare rocks of the peak, ashore.
but it was obviously impossible to get As being the    first    to reach    the
up from tbe side we approached, for summit of tbe mountain and to ex
cluded,  reflected  more credit on bis the rocks were actually overhanging plore the glacier,  we had the, right
way to the hardy balsams, and after pluck than his skill as a prospector, like the crest of   a gigantic breaker, to give names to the mountain peaks,
them  the  bare hillside,  with  a  few We climbed to the very top of the We crept on to a lower point in the etc., and this we did. Thomlinson made
scrubby  ill-used looking hushes  and ridge, which was very steep  and rose ridge,  from which we looked down a most excellent map of the country
real white    heather    in    abundance, to an absolute knife edge, for there over a precipice into another valley, on which    thc names    chosen    were
We now found the camp of the party was not  half an inch of level  rock even wilder and more desolate look- marked and    thereby    fixed    for all
which preceded us. with its welcome at the top.    Steep as was the ascent ing than anything we bad yet seen. time.
addition to our supplies, also a fine from  tbe  south,   the  northern  slope Here Thomlinson picked out a possible        When Nelson and Thomlinson feel
tent, a veritable castle.   Wc quickly was almost precipitous and wc looked line  of ascent, but Nelson  felt that inclined to take another trip in the
included these treasures in our packs, flown  into a  vast hollow, with Mill he could not trust his head for the mountains they will find an enthus-
and set forth once more through  a Creek  thousands  of  feet  below.  As final climb, so Thomlinson and I start- iastic follower in the person of
lovely country,  but our packs  were we  followed  a  goat  trail  along tbis ed alone.     Wc made our way over                        Yours truly,
now very heavy, and after about an dizzy ridge a fine eagle rose from a the ridge to thc south side and then                                       J. C. Harms. 10
IME was when the man
who suggested the Silvery Slocan as a coming fruit growing centre would bave been
laughed at; but what a
change bas come over
the    scene    since    the
If*:,}) early invaders, imbued
ninffsL        on,-v Wl*n t'le mac' **e"
sire for speedy wealth,
first lit their camp fires and set up
their tents! Still, there were those
among the early pioneers who reasoned that it was quite withii the
possibilities and when the tents made
way for shacks, and these gave place
to substantial dwellings, the test was
made. Charles Aylwin has the distinguished honor of planting the first
apple tree in the district. It was he
who laid the foundation of what is
destined to become an important industry. He rightly reasoned that
where wild bush fruits were so prolific, the larger varieties would flourish. True, he was compelled to hear
much good natured chaff at the onset, but when in the following spring
the young trees were luxuriant in
bloom and the domestic fruit and vegetables grew so abundantly and of
such startling dimensions, others
were swift to follow his example,
and in a few years thousands of trees
were blooming in the fair town of
New Denver. And now, at this time
when we write, bounteous Spring in
all its fulsome gladness is upon us,
and upon the delicious warm breezes
there is wafted to our sanctum a fragrant ozone from the multi-hued orchards nearby. At this date, when
we  write.   May  22,  1908.  the  early
rye growing 8 ft., 2 in., from roon
to head. Think of it. This was on
June 10th, last, and the summer
barely started down east. Plowing
was going on here 17th December
In the matter of 'transportation
and location, Slocan Lake is singularly fortunate. It is situated about
half way between the Crow's Nest
and main lines of the C. P. R., and is
on the direct line of connection between the two distributing points.
Four times a day a capacious C.P.R.
steamboat traverses the lake and carries passengers, mail and freight each
trip, and at, each end of the lake rail
and steamer meet. It is in a position
to compete to advantage with other
get along without importing apples
from the American side. There are
thousands of acres of most desirable
land in this fertile valley awaiting
the advent of the sturdy sons of
Motherland. Within the next ten
years the bench lands of Slocan Lake
will be studded with fruit ranches
and peopled by some of the best
blood of the Old Land, and these will
sing the praises of the Land of Opportunities, and other settlers will
It follows that success must come.
The Slocan has shown what it can
do in the way of producing the big
red apple, the luscious pear, grape,
and bush fruits. The Slocan has the
acreage and the soil, and it invites
open-armed the influx of settlers to
engage in the most fascinating of all
industries. But we do not advocate
a wild rush to our country. Too much
fulsome flattery will bring along in
its train inevitable disappointment,
and  we therefore  refrain  from  anv
spring home-grown vegetables and
garden stuff has been freely partaken
of in every household, and the cherry
trees, having thrown off their bloom,
even now show off their burden of
fruit, which will be garnered in a
month. Gooseberries have been picked, wild strawberries have been placed upon our table, and the thrifty
housewife finds time in the evening
to hoe the potatoes. We do not believe there is another spot in the Dominion of Panada that can show such
earlv results: nor is tbere a better
climate anvwbere. A mild winter retired leaving* no semblance of frost
in the ground, and manv are the instances we can record of flowers
blooming under the snow. Here we
experience no beavv snowfall during
the winter: six to ten inches is invariably thc limit, and when Jack Frost
arrives be has no terrors for our
neighbors. Indeed, the bockev club
deems itself fortunate if ice can be
manufactured at the skating rink. Tt
will therefore be seen that in point
of climate the lake towns of the
Slocan can iustlv claim a priority
over more advertised districts.
Then thc question will naturally be
asked. "Can you grow good market
able frrit in vnur district?" and ot'r
answer is. "We certainly can and
do; we defy competition!" Tn point
of size and quality tbe district has
demonstrated its superiority in that
respect, and we will even go so far
as to record that New Denver grown
apples have heen exhibited in store
windows at Nelson and attracted
considerable attention among fruit
experts. We also believe that New
Denver holds the record for spud
growing. Gieantic tubers mature in
the virerin soil in a wondrous manner.
One mammoth fellow was taken from
Avlard's ranch last fall that weiched
7\ lbs., which wben rut into was a*
sound as possible. We also saw a
large shipment of potatoes made that
averaeed 1$ lbs. per potato, tritlv a
record car. In Tune last, in W. Eccles' New Denver ranch, wheat could
be seen that measured 5 ft., 10 in.,
(ind on J. C. Harris* ranch there was
fruit growing centres catering for
British Columbia markets and those
of the great Northwest. From the
north outlet, Revelstoke on the main
line, and eastern and western points
clamor for our products. From the
south the markets of the Crow's Nest
road are open to us, and special arrangements are made through thc
medium of a Fruit Growers' Exchange for the disposal of the crops.
But there is a home demand always
that we cannot fully supply. Last
year thousands of boxes of apples
were snapped up for home consumption, and it will be some time before
the local demand can he coped with.
The fruit growing industry is yet in
its infancy, and not until more setters locate upon our fertile land anil
swell the production can we hope to
hackneyed phrases such as "You tickle
the soil and it laughs I" The man who
takes up a ten or twenty acre plot
must be a worker. We shall not welcome the needy, shiftless immigrant
who seeks something for nothing. Wc
desire the cream of Britisli settlers
and shall oppose rigidly any attempt
to colonize our land with Doukhobors
or other undesirable foreigners. Essentially a British district the Slocan
is giving a watchful eye to thc assimilation of races, and we venture
to predict that with this feeling dominating, the future generation will be
a blend of Canadians and Britains
that will be hard to beat.
Tt is our aim in these pages to inculcate a feeling of confidence with-
Ilomeseeker, Slocanwards. No need
for you to purchase land on the
"pig in a poke" system. You can
come direct and purchase from men
who originally staked the land and
purchased from tbe government, thus
i ffecting a great saving and ch iking
fancy prices. Land can be pn ihas-
cd within a mile or so from towns
where all social and cclllc-it.itnal privileges prevail, for as low ,*; .,;1S an
acre, uncleared, and improved land
I'm- from $50 to $100.
Twenty acres nf this choice fruit
land in a state nf cultivation will
yield an enormous revenue, but many
selHers are taking up ten acre blocks
onlv Tt is profitable after the land
bas been cleared and the young fruit
trees grounded, to freely set strawberry plants within the rows. This
will well repay the labor of tbe first
year because thc demand for this
luscious berrv at present is enormous
and the cry for "more" is ever growing np from the importers of the
Northwest. Early hush fruits such
as currents, raspberries, gooseberries,
(tc, will help lo keep the young farmer solvent until bis plum, pear, cherry
and apple trees bear, and bis income
will be supplemented also in thc
meantime by the disposal of vegetables, for which there is always a
big local demand.
Another profitable side line is poultry-raising, and this alone is well
worth considering as * means of live-
liliood and profit. Fresh eggs average in price 50 cents per dozen the
year round, while table fowls find
a ready sale at a dollar. Times there
are when a fresb egg is a priceless
jewel, thus proving that an  import-
iii those British immigrants wbo arc
contemplating coming to Glorious
Kootenay. Wc serve the grand old
public, and we arc happy in the
knowledge that "Bounteous Slocan,"
like good wine, needs no bust. Wc
arc painfully aware that it is the custom of lnnd sharks to laud their
wares to thc skies, and the discerning
purchase invariably has m divide his
promise by two and then deduct 25
per cent, for garnishing,. But in this
effort of ours the public is our employer and we cannot serve it too
faithfully. We desire to say that misrepresentations find no part of our
stock-in-trade. We are Luilding up
a business and endeavoring to populate our country. If >ve succeed in
the latter wc shall win in thc former.
Therefore, trend    your    steps,    Mr.
ant feature of farm life has been
overlooked, and a splendid investment
is awaiting some business persons
with business methods.
Without generalizing too freely we
have endeavored to show that there
are golden opportunities going begging, and we feel that we need only
place them before the homeseekcr to
prevail upon him to come to God's
country and cast in his lot with us.
The editor of tbis paper will be
pleased to give any information concerning any of the industries of the
Slocan, or place prospective settlers
in communication with reliable men.
New Denver has a town improvement society, the secretary of which
is Mr. Herbert Cue; Silverton has a
Progressive Association and Mr. J.
W. M. Tinling is secretary: Nakusp
has a Commercial Club, and all these
organizations bave been formed for
the purpose of giving reliable information to intending settlers.
~V\7   F.'I.I. read tbat book, we'll sing
�� V        that song,
But when?    Oh, when the days are
When thoughts arc free, and voices
Some happy time within the year���
The   clays   troop   by   with   noiseless
The song unsung; the book unread.
We'll see that friend, and make him
The   weight   of   friendship,  true  as
Some flower of sympathy bestow���
But time sweeps on with steady flow,
Until with quick, reproachful tear,
We lay our flowers upon his bier.
And still we walk the desert sands,
And still with trifles fill our liands,
While ever, just beyond our reach,
A fairer purpose shows to each.
The   deeds  we   have   not  done,  but
Remain to haunt us���unfulfilled.
���Exchange. SLOCAN     MINING     REVIEW
Capital All Paid Up, $14,400,000.    ���     Rest, $11,000,000
Undivided Profits. $903,530.20.
President���I.ord Strathcona and Mount Royal.
Vice-President���Hon. Gkorgb A. Drummonii.
General Manager���K. S. Ci.ouston.
Branches in  all  the  Principal Cities  in Canada.
-ONDON, ENG.        NEW YORK.       CHICAGO.       SPOKANE
A General Banking Business Transacted.
jew Denver Branch: II. G. FISHER, Manager
an ideal spot.
A HAYS CATCH  with  a single rod.
I Sell Fruit Lands NOT Rocks
If you are interested write me for particulars. I have selling right for three thousand acres of the choicest
lands in this valley at prices that are ridiculously small in comparison to those of other agents. There is a
reason.    I deal direct with the man who staked the land.
Real Estate
I have also some of the choicest mineral prospects in the district for sale.    Fourteen years' experience of mining in all its branches is a recommendation
that should suffice if you need an authentic report of any mine or prospect.    Write with confidence to
J. W. M. Tinling,
Silverton, B.C.
When visit n _��� glorious Kootenay stop at this hotel. Rooms reserved by telegram
New Denver, B.C.
Newmarket Hotel. New llenver, one of the
most up-to-date tourist lesorts in Western
HENRY   STEGE,     Proprietor
This commodious and historic hotel has a commanding view or the Lake and Glacier. Special
attention to Tourists, Hunters and Travellers. Gasoline launch at disposal of guests. Guides furnished
for mountain climbing.
2000, MEN
to purchase
We carry everything iu
this line the fisherman
requires; tell us the
amount you want to pay,
and we will guarantee
to give you better value
than you can get in Canada.
Nelson Hardware Co.
Shelf Hardware
Paints and Oils
Sporting Goods
New York is about tu deepen Hell
Gate, presumably tn relieve the congestion of tin* (ircat White Way.
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John Pierpont Morgan said that it
felt "bully" to be a doctor of laws,
wliich ought to lie a word of warning
to the bears.
Opposite .-Mil's llolel.     P.O. Box476
Manufaotupera of
Rosebery, B.C., Jos. Parent, Prop.
Headquarters for the travelling public
when  visiting    this   charming  resort.
Recently refurnished and
decorated. It is now a first-
class up-lo date hotel where
visitors to the mountain
can obtain the luxuries of
a large city. Write us for
special rates for tourists
and large parties.
! Ogilvie  &   McKittnick
Hotel Grand
Thc Home for Miners
and Mining Men
Thoroughly Renovated Throughout
First Cl&ss in all Respects
H. LaBrash
General Merchant
Everything Stocked that a Settler Requires
We can fix you up in
Boots and Shoes, Gents'
Furnishings, Hats,
Caps, Etc., Etc	
The Most Complete Store in the District
The New Denver Lumber Co.
Manufacturers of Pine Lumber,
Shiplap,  and Finishing Fir and
Tamarac,  Dimension,  Etc.
Mill on Slocan Lake l. scaia. proP. p.o. Box 20
Agent at New Denver
Andy Jacobson, Prop.
A home from home. Everything that the heart
of man desires is found at New Denver, and as
a; first-class hotel run on up-to-date lines,
the St. James' fills the bill.
Your Wants
are many and varied. It may be you
want a bottle of castor oil, or perhaps
some good note paper and envelopes,
or else something nice for a present.
In any case, if it is anything in the
drug, stationery or fancy goods line,
it can be     .'.     .'.     .*.     .'.    .*.
and that without emptying your
pocket book,  at    .'.    .'.    .*.   '.*.    .*.
Nelson's fi#
are fully set out in this Special Number, which makes it unnecessary for us to dilate on theip
exceptional advantages. We have lands located in every portion of the Slocan District- large
and small blocks���improved and unimproved, for sale at all prices, and on terms to suit all.
Our Manager at New  Denver will furnish you, on   request, with  literature  and the fullest details
of   the   lands   we   offer   for   sale.       Write   for  such, and   address   your   post card   or letter to
-    New Denver, B. C.
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