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 THE NUGGET
Vol. I. No. 13.
Poplar, B. C, February 26,1904.
$2.00 A Year.
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1 NEWS OF THE MINES. 5
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The   Daily   News of Tuesday contained a long article on the Lucky Jack
company, alleged  owners  of the river
bed near  Poplar.    J.   G.   Devlin   (the
Gunner from Galway) also claims to
be owner of the ground.    It  is  not of
very great  importance who  the owner
is, as the mineral, if any,   is  so far beneath the surface that it could cnl) be
got   out  by a  very  rich corporation.
However, it is a pleasure to  note that
the Gunner is taking so active  a part
in protecting the pubiic from fraudulent
mining   promotions.      It   is   sincerly
hoped that   he   will   continue   in the
good work, as a person   who has been
so long identified  with legitimate mining deals can be of inestimable benefit
by warning the  public of  fraudulent
concerns. 	
In last week's mining news an error
of one hundred feet was made in the
length of the Lucky Jack tunnel. The
item stated 230 feet instead of 330 feet.
It is our desire to have the mining
news in The Nugget reliable, but occasionally errors will creep in. Work
is progressing rapidly on Ihe upraise
from the tunnel, which is following a
lead about three feel in width, and of
a character similar to that in the tunnel, carrying galena and free gold.
The tunnel is in 60 feet on the Buffalo group. This has been discontinued for the present and work commenced on the surface, crosscut ting.
It is the intention shortly to commence
sinking on the lead.
On the.Home run the tunnel is in 50
feet. In the last ten feet a 3-foot
quartz lead was crosscut. The main
lead will be reached in the next twenty
feet.
A transfer of a fourth interest in the
Golden Chest mineral claim was made
this week by W. E. Hodder to A. W.
Monk.
Frank Holton returned Friday from
Ferguson, and is again in charge of
the work at the Swede group.
MINING FLOAT.
The tunnel on the Blue Jay, near
Phoenix, is in 200 feet.
Osmiridium and platinum have been
found in the alluvial gravels of the
Cariboo district. Special appliances
are being installed at the Horsefly to
extract these metals.
A. H. Holdich, the assayer for the
Great Northern company at Camborne,
has fallen heir to a legacy of several
hundred pounds by the death of an
aunt in England.
J. W. Nelson and W. H. Rambo of
Greenwood have been engaged all
winter opening up the Standard, which
adjoins the Rambler, on the West
Fork of Kettle river. They have
driven a tunnel about 80 feet on a
quartz vein running high In silver, and
averaging about a fool in width.
The exports of petroleum and its
products from the United Slates ranged
from $33,000,000 in 1870 to $61,000,-
000 in 1903.
It is reported that a syndicate is
being formed in London and Paris with
a capital of $50,000,000 to operate in
Texas oil fields to supply European
markets. .
Last week the Elkhom mine at Greenwood sent a car of ore to ihe local
smelter thai will net $100 to the ton.
The mine is shipping regularly about
two cars of ore monthly, and is looking better than ever.
The Broken Hill Proprietary mine in
New South Wales is about to manufacture its own sulphuric acid for use in
the Dalprat process. This will obviate
heavy first cost and subsequent freight
on the chemical. Broken Hill has become a notable stimulant to metallurgical researeh.
James Breen, it is reported, is negotiating for the construction of a smelter
in the Boundary. Mr. Breen was connected with the construction of the
smelters at Trail and Northport. It is
presumed the proposed Boundary plant
is intended to treat ores from the Dominion group, the Brooklyn and Stem-
winder properties at Phoenix.
^ith plenty of cars available, ore
shipments from the Athels'an mine in
the Boundary are .mewhat heavier
than they have previously been.
Twenty horses are employed in hauling the ore from the mine to the Winnipeg spur, a distance of about a mile,
whence shipments are male to both
the Granby and  Greenwood  smelters.
News is to hand of the strike of a
huge oil gusher in the locality of Gatil-
Sherin in Persia, which place is situated on the Turco-Persian frontier on
the road to Kerbella. The exploitation
of the petroleum lands there has been
granted by the Persian government to
an English company in return for the
payment of a royally of 10 percent of
the production.
The problem how to utilize pyrites
as a by-product, recalls the experiments
made some lime ago by a French company. The residue, mixed wilh hy-
draulc lime was made into briquettes,
and by simple exposure to the atmosphere became an ore that yielded pi«
iron excellent for sleel making. The
sulpher, it is believed, was completely
counteracted by the lime, and there
was no phosphorus.
Reports from Spain indicate a general and important revival of mining
operations. Especially is this true in
silver, manganese, lead and sulphur
production, although the tonnage of
silver-lead ores produced has decreased
of late years. The lead mines of Jaen,
Murcia, Almeria and Linares yield an
annual output of about 100,000 tons.
Santanderand Murcia produce about
86,000 tons of zinc per annum.
O. Strathearn, Kaslo, sells stationery, wall paper, magazines, phonograph supplies, etc.
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Watch repairing, O. Stralhern, Kaslo
E. Harrop returned from Nelson
Wednesday.
•    The new addition to   the  Inn was
completed this week.
H. P. Jacktcn is building a residence
on Front street, opposite the government office.
Chas. Diamond left Monday to spend
a short vacation in Trout Lake and
Ferguson.
K. J: Morrison came in from New
Denver Friday t na started to work on
the Harrop buiUinp Saturday.
The Harrop block on F.ont street is
nearing completion and will be the
handsomest building in the town.
How about the fire wardens ? Would
it not be advisable to move towards
electing wardens before spring opens?
John and Ollie Chapman on Wednesday received the sad news of the
death of their father in Ottawa of
paralysis.' •
W. ^. Torney, general merchant of
Eholr, is a visitor in Poplar this week.
He is being shown round the camp by
Fred Kairek.
G. N. Hazen and E, E. Jones came
in from Cranbrook Monday, and will
spend the summer prospecting in the
Poplar district.
The first copper bars made in Arizona
were cast at Clifton in   1873.    The ore
This is especially so in the hotels, there
being a large transient trade during
the month.
Mayor Hodder of the firm of Archer
& Hodder, Kaslo, paid a business visit
to Poplar this week. While here he
completed arrangements for the erection of a new block for his firm.
Geo. Drennan came in from Kaslo
Wednesday to commence on his season's contracts. His first work will
be plastering the Dominion hotel,
which will be commenced next week
G. M. Davis returned from New
Denver Friday, where he had gone to
furnish music for the bachelor girls'
ball. George claims no proposals were
made to him other than to keep the
music going, and that the dance was
the most enjoyable ever given in the
Lucern.  There were no "wall flowers."
Fred Kaiser, owner of the Kaiser
house in Poplar and half a dozen other
Kaiser houses throughout the west,
returned on Wednesday from Eholt,
where he is proprietor of the leading
house in the most progressive town
in the Boundary. Mr. Kaiser has only
one very bad habit, and he may
eventually grow out of that—he voles
Liberal.
The first of the spring weather arrived this week and none too soon;
When it snows in the Lardeau there
is no imitation about it. It is a continuous, everlasting fall, in chunks as
large as Irish farms. People, of course,
can't expect all the advantages in a
I rich   mining camp,   but  we conld  do
was taken lro.11 t'.ie  Longfellow  mine I with   about*  four   feet  less snow than
"r we have and still be happy.
near Clifton.
The Boundary Creek Times has enlarged to an eight-page paper, the
size it was when the boom collapsed
in Greenwood.
The Spyglass is a favorite wilh Seattle people. It is likJy to grow by
development into one of the greatest
mines of the Lardeau.
-J. K. Fraser, formerly carpenter
foreman at ihe Lucky Jack, is now
employed as carpenter at the Emma
mine in Summit camp.
W. Murdoch, for the ij'isI six months
in cha ge of the bar at the Poplar, has
ac-'xpted a similar position with Hanson <Si Ostby at the Inn.
W. Massey, representing a snake
manufacturing establishment of Vancouver, was in tow? Sunday taking
orders from local hotel rri^n.
James Kelly who ha? been working
at the Silver Cup since last July, has
t^one on a visit to his folks in Toronto,
after an absence of 16 years.
R. S. Scott, representing a Montreal
tailoring establishment, was in town
tliis week. Mr. Scott will make Poplar his headquarters this season.
Mrs. Theo. Dufresne came in from
Nelson on Friday last to Join her husband, who is interested in a number of
mineral claims in Poplar district.
All the business houses in Poplar report increased trade during  February.
The Mirror Boycotted.
The Ymir Mirror and the Ymir
Mineis' Union have locked horns. The
difficulty is of long standing and has
finally culminated in a boycott of the
paper. Perhaps both parties are. a
little intolerant in their views, and (he
difficulty can best be settled without
outside interference. It is a free country and the editor has the privilege of
expressing his opinions, so also, have
the members of the union the undoubted
right to withdraw their patronage if
those opinions do not accord with their
own; bul in a small community like
Ymir there is no room for two factions,
one continuously fighting ihe other, if
the citizins wish Ihe town to prosper.
They will each have eventually to abide
the decision of that greatest of all
tribunals—public opinion—and assuredly the party in the wrong will
be punished. If the stand taken by
either party is an unjust one, the public will not be slow in arriving at a
just conclusion.
Are Satisfied.
Notwithstanding newspaper comments to the contrary, the Conservatives of the province appear to be satisfied with the legislation passed by the
McBride government. And it must be
remembered that the Conservatives are
in the majority in the province. Poplar, B. C, Feb. 26, 1904.
THE NUGGET.
THE NUGGET
IapubLUkei every Friday at Poplar,   B. C.
and is sent to any address for $2.00 a year.
Commercial adve;fcising is ¥1.50 an inch for
four insertions. Reading notices 15 cents a
line each insertion. Legal advertising 10
cents a line first insertion, and 5 cents a line
each subsequent insertion. Certificate of
Improvement notices, #7; Delinquent co-
owner notices, #10. Address all letters to The
NuofJKT. Poplar, B. C.
R. T. LOWERY, Prowuktok.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2(5, 1904.
EDITORIAL NUGGETS.
Marriage3 may be made in heaven
bat most of the babies in this country
are made in Kaslo er New Denver.
Slocan  City   has another  excite
ment.   The whole population of that
city is after the vacant postmastership
In the supreme court at Nelson it is
not yet known which lawyer will
get the Slocan Star and the Rabbit
Paw. •
Away up in Ferguson Dad Black
has signs all over his hotel entitled
"No Credit." The boarders are
wondering what it means.
It is evident that the people of
Kaslo expect a booze boom, judging
from the number ot applications to
sell liquor in that town.
Mark Hanna is dead and planted,
but the Republican party still lives,
and Ohio will not sink out of sight.
Hanna was a great power in the
United States, even if he never read
Poplar's leading paper.
A dispatch from Ottawa says there
are upwards of eighty applicants for
the vacant positton of Usher of ihe
Black Rod. It is difficult to believe
that there are eighty professional
contortionists in Canada.
Poplar creek, so that the millionaires
would not break their necks when
they stroll over to look at our editorial palace.	
In New Westminster two Indians
are in jail because, after they had
imbibed religion through the efforts
of a Methodist missionary, they confessed to murdering two Japs. In
Korea they would get a bouquet lor
such a deed, instead ot a rope dance.
In Ontario the parsons are making
an effort to have all reports ot prize
fighting excluded fram the press
This may come about, as those who
revel in this kind ot sport are in the
minority For such a good country
it seems strange that God has punished its inhabitants with such severe
weather this winter.
The postmaster-general of Canada
has strange ideas upon morality. He
thinks that works on sexual science
are immoral, and prohibited a New
York magazine from the use of the
mails because it contained two advertisements of such books. He thinks
probably that "where ignorance is
bliss 'tis folly to be wise." Any government official who will attempt to
keep the Canadians in sexual ignorance deserves the admiration of every
sexless and senile prude in this glorious dominion of Mulocks and lilocks.
OBS AND ENDS.
The justice of the peace business is
humorous at times. In a recent case
in Queensland a publican was hauled
up before an unbiassed and independent berch, consisting of two ol
his relatives and his own burman.
Over two hundred years ago 8,000
Swedes defeated 80,000 Russians in
an old-time battle. This proves that
the Swede is a whirlwind when he is
wound up and turned loose where he
can get action for his talent.
John L. Sullivan, once the prido
of the American prize ring, is getting
near his last chip. Age and whiskey
are pushing him towards the end
that comes to all flesh, and he will
probably pass away without seeing
the boom at Poplar.
The C. P. R. is becoming Americanized. Two trains ran into each
other a short time ago at Sand Point,
in Ontario, and separated fourteen
people from their lives. One of the
engineers was probably thinking
about Bill White's orders.
A gang of bandits held up a train
in Cuba upon which Van Home was
a passenger. They were probably
trying to get even with the road, but
Van scared them away by throwing
a bundle of Lowery's Claims at them,
They thought it was dynamite.
This is how the native paper of
Mafeking commen'son Major General
Baden.Powell's statement before the
war commission that the natives ran
away at the first attack on the town:
"Hear it, ye Monshioas! Hear it, ye
Molemas,  ye  Motshcgares,  and  ye
GROCERIES
Mining Supplies
HARDWARE
Boots and Shoes
If snow was worth as much as radium we would put a few ounces in
our pocket and go out into the world
with a pot of red paint and illuminate the scenery with bright spots
We would also build a bridge across
A fine line in
Men's Suits
Shirts and
Gents' Furnishings
Also Blankets, Ladies and
Children's Hose just arrived.
Come and inspect stock before buying.    Agent for
Hamilton Powder Co.
E. L. MASTERSON
POPLAR
Tawanas! What do you say to it,
ye Pilanes and Bahrutshe ? You ran
away when the Boers put in an appearance ! We do not care a hang
for his pile of honors, but, by gums,
we want our dues."
While riding home beside a c:m,
in which, resting on a load of hay,
were his wife and three young
children, a farmer of Hungary dropped the end ot a lighted cigarette on
the hay, which immediately caught
lire. The horse attached to the curt
took fright and bolted. T" endeavoring to gallop after the burning hay
cart the farmer lost his oeat, and his
foot catching in the stirrup he was
dragged to death, Meanwhile ^the
the  hay  cart  overturned and   the
children were burned to death. The
woman, however, escaped without
serious injury.
At Springfield, Ohio, two Hi tie girls,
twins, were devoured by ft swarm ot
rats that invaded their miserable homo.
Poplar Transfer Co.
Freight moved to any part of the
city or the hills. A heavy team of
horses and a string of husky mules
always at the service of the publie.
Lots cleared in any part of the town,
George   Chataway.
POPLAR EHEAT MARKET
A. O, OSTBY, PROPRIETOR.
Fresh and  Salt Meats, Fish and Fowl
OYSTERS IN SEASON
THE KAISER HOUSE
IN POPLAR
Is convenient to the depot and has accommodation for 50 quiet guests. The nerve-
bracers in the bar are free-milling, and an
orchestra provides music while the guests
are at dinner. The landlord has studied
human nature from Brazil to Alaska and
knows the way to make a stranger feel at-
home. FRED KAISER, Proprietor.
KEEP YOUR OPTICS ON
GOLD HILL
It is the coming City at the Second Crossing.
Job Printing
The Nugget has one of the best-equipped
Job  Printing establishments  in British
Columbia.    We carry a better quality
and larger stock of stationery than
any  other  weekly   paper  in   the
the    province.     Not   one   but
dozens of samples to choose
from. Mail orders promptly
filled   and  prices   right. THE NUGGET.
Poplar, B. C, Feb. 26, 1904.
POPLAR
HOTEL
Is the oldest hotel in Poplar,
and adjoins the C. P. R. depot.
The wet grocery department
contains pare goods, any brand
of which will produce optimistic
results.
ARMSTRONG   &   ALHSTROH
FRODUCT1NN    AND    PRICES.
The following article in Dun's Re
view of January 30, goes far to upset
the almost universally accepted
theory that the gold production of
the world or a nation affects the
prices of com mod it ies, as it certa i n 1 y
does in a district which is not affected
by the conditions referred to in the
article:
44 The old economic theory that
prices must advance with the produc
tion of gold, or decline with a reduc
tion in output of ihe yellow metal
has certain correct fundamental
principles, but needs to be greatly
modified to fit special conditions*, and
it would obviously be unreasonable
to expect the change in gold output
of the whole world to be accurately
reflected in the course of commodity
markets in a single Country; especially one which appears to possess
the faculty of securing more than its
share of the total gold. Thus, at the
present time, the total holdings in
vaults of the United Stateo treasury
are nearly $700,000,UX), which is tar
in excess of any previous record for
this or any other nation.
"Bearing these qualifying facts in
mind, there is much ot interest in a
recent article by Mr. Milton J. Piatt
in the New York Times. After
dwelling at some length upon the
conditions affecting gold mining in
South Africa and elsewhere, the
writer presented a record of toral
gold production since 18.K), and com
pared the variations with the fluctuations in commodity prices as shown
by Dun's Index Number. From 181X)
to 181111 the output of gold rose from
$118,848 700 to $300,724,100. the gain
heing uninterruutcd until the Boer
war, which cut down output ot the
precious metal to $254 556,300 in
ll«*00, and since that time there has
heen a steady increase until the 1903
Yield surpassed all records at an estimated total ot $327,000,000. Meanwhile commodity prices as measured
by Dun's Index Number, were exhibiting great independence of movement. From 1890 to 11)20 quotations
tell 23 per cent, while gold output
rose 70 per cent, while from 181)0 to
date gold output rose 175 per cent,
and commodity prices gained only 2
Per cent.
"The decline of prices during 181)6
may have been accompanied by a
gain in the total 'gold production of
the world, but it is also a fact that
the nation's holdings of the yellow
metal were not expanding, for it was
exported to the extent of $112,409,-
947, or more than in any other year
of our history. In so far as the theory
of gold  supply  affecting prices of
commodities,  rather than total production of gold,  the low record of
prices in  1856 7  and present high
quotations would seem to be endorsements.    But special conditions are
too numerous in this country to permit of any geneialization.   The size
of crops, the industrial situation with
its labor phases, the tariff and other
legislative influences, all combine to
affect the cost of living utterly irre
spective ot the supply of gold.   It is
more truly the distribution of money
and its free circulation that enables
the people to purchase freely of the
necessaries of life.   Abundat t funds
are more quickly effective in stimu
lating quotations ot   securities  and
othor forms of investment by reducing the rates of money at the banks
and seeking a favorable interest return to investors.   So the special condition that cut down mining in the
Transvaal   proved   a   s imulous   to
prices in the country through the increased demand tor provisions and
implements  to  carry on the  cam-
paign."-M. & E. Review.
theory and argument, but his practical knowledge is apt to be scant.
Neither hearken ye to the unwashed siuash, who for pieces of silver offers tj take you to plenty of
gold.   It is native hot air.
And try yet to avoid becoming a
cabin stiff or blanket warmer because you are well hooked up with a
two years' outfit. Remember luxury
induces idleness, breeds a bored
brain, and a bored brain creates
melancholy, and melancholy murders
manhood.
Turn ye a deaf ear, my son, to all
hackneyed cant about formation and
wash. It belongs to the kingdom of
dreams.
Dig everywhere, pan everywhere-
mountain, valley, stream or shore.
Simply dig and pan, and when you
have dug pan some more.
Where would I advise you to start
in? Well, yonder hill back of my
shack is as good a place as any, and
its close proximity makes it as con-
convenient as any. Gold is where
you find it.   Selah !
Then the credulous chechako went
up the hill and struck it rich.
And the sourdough dropped dead
from the shock.
Moral—Sometimes it pays to practice what you preach.—Juneau, Alaska, Record-Miner.
JOHN KEEN
Notary  and  Commissioner
POPLAR AND KASLO.
Starkey & Co., ffiflrfi'
Fruit. Eggs, Bacon and other Provisions.
Nklbon, B. C.
THE
STRATHCONA
Hotel in Nelson has
no superior in West
Kootenay. Always
plenty of room for
Poplar millionaires.
B.   TOMKINS,   flANAGER.
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Practice What You Preach.
A credulous chechako was mushing
along an Alaska trail when, he came
upon a seasoned sourdough sitting on
the doorstep of his eabin, picking his
beans. Noting the old man's sace
appearance, he addressed  him thus:
Pardon me, venerable sir, but I
am in sore trouble as to where and
how to commence prospecting I am
•1 tenderfoot in experience at this
business, but a tough hand by nature
If you will kindly favor me with a
few pointers I assure you the information will be most gratefully appreciated
The old man flipped the gr.i\el
from his beans with an added flourish
which seemed to express self-satisfaction and no little sense of consideration. Then wisdom pDured from his
whiskers like smoke from Mount
Wrangle, and the chechako held his
breath and listened.
My Fon, he commenced, at thU
stage of your initiatory journey into
the intricate illusions of a prospector's
life, it becomes my duty, as well as
pleasure, to pipe you a few words of
counsel and advice, which if heeded
may lead to the goal of riches.
In the quest tor gold do not become
like an hysterical musher, who
blusters along the beaten trail pur
blind with haste and hoggishness to
get. somewhere ahead of someone and
stake something. Disappointment
very soon dampens his energy and
he develops into an inocuous knocker.
Neither become ye a mere staker,
w 0 follows in the footsteps of the
honest miner like a wolf on the trail
of the herd, seeking cripples and
fractions. The staker is not a miner,
neither is the musher a miner.
And hearken ye not to the counsel
of the wiseacre—by which is meant
the unsuccessful '!>8«r. His genius
for glacier climbing mav be colossal,
and he may be well   primed with
You can't have a best girl and
bank account at the same time.
a
The
Kaslo Hotel
Kaslo, B. C. 1
HOTEL BOSWORTH
GOLD HILL, B. C.< I
The hotel is furnished and fitted up in the
most modern style. Best of accommoda ion
for mining men and tourists. Only A 1 brands
of liquors and cigars kept n stock.
Casey & Murphy.  Props.
The Hotel Inn
The only hotel in town that is
plastered. The rooms' are
large and'well furnished. The
menu is the best in the whole
Lardeau district. The bar is
supplied with the choicest
brands of liquors and cigars.
HANSON   A   OSTBY.
(yrvimrttsurtrfVTmvttTmir^
The Poplar
Barber Shop
Pioneer   Shop   of the  City
IN POPLAR HOTEL.
TURK   D. BROWN,   PROP.
f^JUULBJUJUJUUUUU
The Poplar Laundry
And Bath House.
JACKSON RADCLIFFE, Prop.
A. R. Heyland,
veyor, Kaslo.
Provincial
Land Sur-
Is a pleasant halting place
for pilgrims on their way to
Poplar.
Cockle & Papworth.
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THE NEWMARKET
In New Denver
Is one of the cosiest hotels in
the Slocan for a man in
search of food, drink or a
downy couch.    Ask for
HENRY STEGE
when you get inside the door.
FLOAT
Is a literary blend, written, compiled, published and shipped by R. T.
Lowery. It tells about booze in Nelson, poker in the Silvery Slocan, gospel at Bear lake, rain in New Denver.
It is free-milling in poetry, and has a
large chute of stories cut from the cent
belt, when the writer was doing penance among the tenderfeet in the East.
The miserable effect of reading this
publication is relieved by looking at the
pictures in it on the hanging wall. You
can tell "Float" anywhere by the bulldog on the front page. It is not selling very well, perhaps owing to the
fact that Mulock has not yet shut it out
of the mails. The public are warned
not to buy it, although it is sent to any
address on earth for 50 cents/ R, T.
Lowery, Poplar, Nelson or New
Denver, B. C. Poplar, B. C, Feb. 26, 1904
THE NUGGET.
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Grand
Hotel
POPLAR
Best Menu in the City
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rectly or inderectly, but will entail on
this district endless litigation on the
surface rights to mineral claims.
Bed Rooms Large and
Comfortable
We Sell Liquors
Just as They
Gome from the
Wholesalers.
Jacobsfln & Anderson,
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THIS AND THAT.
BY MIJREIRG.
The railway policy of the provincial
government does not suit  the partisan
press.   The McBride government has
failed to turn over what remains of the
public lands to charter-mongers, and
therefore    are   being    censured.      If
Premier McBride and his colleagues do
nothing more injurious to the province
than refusing to give subsidies to proposed   railways,  they will remain  in
power as long as there is an intelligent
electorate in B. C.   The building of a
railroad is a business propositian.    If \
the company or persons promoting the
scheme do not believe the road will pay,
they will not build it.    If they do be-
lievs it will give sufficient  returns for
the money invested, the road  will be
built whether the government grants a
bonus or not.   The bonus is a side
issue, a sort of an extra that all charter-
mongers endeavor to obtain, in  order
to the   more  easily dispose   of   their
charters or borrow money on   them.
The granting of bonuses  has  so long
been accepted as sound theory in the
development of a country, that it is difficult for a partisan  press to  withhold
criticism on a   policy antagonistic to
this theory.    A  few  months ago the
same papers were lauding the Laurier
government   for   not    bonusing   the
Grand Trunk Pacific.    If the policy of
not  bonusing railways is a safe one for
the Dominion,  it  must also  he a safe
policy for the province.    In  the Poplar
district we have a very good example
of the evil effects of land grants to railways.    A few years ago the Kaslo and
Slocan railway was built.    There not
being   sufficient  valuable land   along
this line the company  were  given the
land along the valley of the  Lardeau
river,  which  includes the  Poplar district.    No doubt this is a valuable line
to the Slocan; a very  convenient piece
of  roadbed  to prospectors and   their
pack animals, and  the trains are  not
run at sufficient speed to endanger the
lives of pedestrians.    A very valuable
piece of road, but not of so great importance to the people that the government was justified in giving the whole
valley of the Lardeau  as a bonus for
the building of it.    The railway has
no connection with either the Upper'or
the Lower Lardeau, and does not benefit this rich  mineral  district either di-
Many of the papers of the  province
are very much exercised  over  what is
termed the "exodus of loan companies
from British  Columbia."   This action
on the part of the companies may  not
result in so great a  migforlune to the
people of the province as the partisan
papers would have  us believe. ' If the
loan companies do not wish  to bear
their   fair share of the   taxation  the
sooner they have taken their departure
the better.    It is a loss that will be
met with equanimity  by a large  majority of the people, for loan companies
do not commence business in a country
until it has reached such a stage of development  that  the  "fleecing" of the
people becomes a  paying proposition.
The building up of a country and the
development of its resources do not depend very largely upon loan companies,
and British  Columbia will  eventually
be benefitted by their withdrawal.    Development may be slower, but it will be
much  more sound  financially, and result in a larger per capita wealth, wilh
less danger of the recurrence of those
periods of depression which have proved
so disastrous to the west.
Red, knowing what was coming
if he could not cause a diversion, broke
i„ with "Say, judge, IMA «™ to
hurt you very much, don't you do It.
His honor1* •'pains" ceased immediately
and Red got the limit.
The Place to Buy
FURNITURE
A story was told me  the other day
of a young man who arrived  at Lardo
from the Old Country some years ago.
While en route he stopped over a night
at Bonner's Ferry waiting for the boat.
When he "came to'0 in the morning all
his worldly possessions had disappeared
excepting the   monacle.    Arriving   at
Lardo he told   his troubles, and one of
his listeners asked him if he got rolled.
"Rolled; sir?   No!    I   wasn't   rolled.
In fact, I may say no personal  violence
or indignity was offered  me.    When 1
awoke the whole  bloomin' kit had disappeared.    Rolled ? Decidedly not!"
The first installment of cash  to  pay
the lead  bounty, it   is   reported,   has
started from   Ottawa.    This does  not
appear to have much effect on   mining
operations in   the  Slocan.    Nearly all!
the mines that  were  shipping  in that
district a year ago are now  idle.    Stil
the  bonus  must be  beneficial   to  the
silve-lead mine owners.    The only difficulty  is  to   locate   those   benefitted.
However,  some enterprising   partisan
paper will eventually pick up a pet mine
owner who has been kept from starvation through the lead bounty.
The bond of sympathy requires many
sureties.
D. J. Robertson & Co,
Furniture Dealers
and
Funeral Directors.
NELSON, B. C.
Rev. Henry Beer of Kaslo has been
reappointed archdeacon of Kootenay by
Bishop Dart. Now that the question
is finally settled, it might not be impertinent on my  part  to suggest  that
churchmen throughout the diocese give      wu... u--   .u-      • .
* ** W hat a touching thing is a  woman
their hearty support to the  new arch-   ,„. rt „,„„»„ „ „       ,
rv \ who wants a new dress.
deacon, and I believe the more closely
they come in contact with the gentleman the higher opinion they will have
of him. The writer first met Mr. Beer
upwards of thirty years ago as pupil in
the school of which he was teacher, and
believes that a man who could handle
between 80 and 100 "unlicked cubs"
daily without using a club, has the
executive ability to manage a jerkwater diocese without friction.
J. J. CAMERON
POPLAR
Sells many kinds of goods
including groceries, provisions, hardware, tinware, etc. Canned goods
of rare quality always in
stock. Postoffice in the
building and mail sent to
any part of the universe.
Poplar  Townsite
A well-known Kootenay justice ot
the peace, who has a habit of expressing regret a being compelled to pass
sentence,.was brought up with a round
turn some time ago. A noted character named Red, who had been a regular customer in the court for years,
came up on a charge of d. and d. The
evidence was convincing, and his
honor commenced stroking his beard,
a preliminary to his opening remarks.
When he arrived at "It  pains me—"
See Future Ads
McKinnon &
Sutherland
In their store at Ferguson
have the goods. Drop them
a line when you want anything
for your house.
& THE
McKINNON &
SUTHERLAND
FERGUSON. B. 0.
Dominion Hotel
POPLAR
Has ample accommodation for a
largeJnumber of people. The table
is supplied with the best in the market. The bar contains the popular
brands of liquid tonics and cigars.
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