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Vol. I.  No. 5.
Poplar, B. 0.» January 1,1904.
$2.00 A Year.
for the  Buffalo Group on Cascade Creek to Spokane
A. E. McDougall received a car of j 71
lumber, this   week from   Lequime   &
'he Purchase Price Said to Be
$15,000 and 100,000
Shares in Company
Chas. Ehlers, who returned Friday
[from a trip to Rossland and Spokane,
[left again Wednesda) for Nelson. Dur-
fing his absence he made a deal for (he
[sale of the Buffalo group to John A.
[Finch of Spokane. The deal is now
[completed with the exception of signing
khe papers. Mr. Ehlers will meet a
representative of Mr. Finch at Nelson
and come in with him on the
6th inst., when the transfer will be
made. It is understood the purchase
price is $15,000 and 100,000 shares in
the stock of the company. The cash
payments will be $1,000 down and the
balance in two equal instalments in
three and six months. The Buffalo
group comprises two claims—the Dominion and Dick—and were located
six years ago ty Aug. Buffalo. On ttie
property is a 10-foot lead of free-milling
quartz, running in values from $10.60
10 several hundred dollars to the ton.
The claims are located on Cascade
creek, about two miles from Poplar.
It is said development work will be
started at once and a stamp mill
erec'ed befoie spring. Everyone will
be pleased to learn that a mining man
of the experience and energy of Mr.
Finch has become interested in the
camp, and there is no doubt but that a
number of other capitalists who have
heretofore followed his lead will be
found investing in the camp within
thirty days.
Leap Year.
Write it 1904.
Happy New Year*
Clinch the good resolutions.
Start the year right by dropping $2
in The Nugget game.
Aug. Buffalo leaves for Kaslo today,
returning on the 6th.
The Camborne Miner issued a handsome holiday number.
Mr. #nd Mrs. J." Simpson spent
Christmas with friends at Howser
Mrs. E. L. Masterson and family returned Monday from a week's visit to
Trout Lake.
Mr, and Mrs. E. Baillie and child
left on Monday for a short visit to the
John Keen, townsite agent, came in
from Kaslo Wednesday. He reports
business improving in that town.
Powers of Grand Forks.
Chas. Peterson came in from New
Denver Wednesday and will probably
engage in business here.
Jno. K. Fraser has commenced the
erection of a residence for E. M. Morgan opposite the Nugget office.
Jim. McDonald, the contractor,
passed through town Monday on his
way to Trout Lake, after spending
Christmas in Nelson.
Start the year right by writing home.
People "back east" might possibly be
interested in the fact that you are alive,
even if you do know you are cultas as a
Fred Kaiser left on Wednesday's
train to take his New Year dinner with
his family in Eholt, where he will stay
a couple of weeks. Mrs. Kaiser will
probably return with him.
A. O. Ostby, Mrs. Oslhy and family
arrived from New Denver Wednesday
and have taken up their residence at
the Miners' hotel, in which Mr. Ostby
is interested.
The J. L. Whitney Co. of Rossland
are advertising Poplar stocks in the
Cincinnati Enquirer. The claim is
represented to be one of the oldest locations in Poplar djstrlfci,.,prjrsumably
the Home Run, adjoining the Lucky
Jack, and on which a tunnel is now
being run
The local hotel men have aeceived instructions from the license inspector to
close on Sunday. This order was made
to allow bartenders time to cut their
week's wood, and not on the suggestion of the Lord's Day Alliance, as has
been asserted by persons jealous of the
growing importance of the local branch
of that society. Mr. Kaiser, president,
says the Alliance has taken no action
towards closing the saloons.
The Records.
Following are the records made at
the Poplar office during the past week:
Dec. 28.—Riverside, adjoining Gold
Hill townsite. W. J. Murphy.
Dec. 29.—Lucky Chance placer
claim, Poplar creek. J. Simpson.
Dec. 30.—Bonehead, Rusty creek,
P. Billings.
Shares off the Market.
At a meeting o( the principal owners
of the Oyster-Criterion, Swede group
and Lucky Jack on Tuesday, it was decided to withdraw the shares of the
Great Northern mines, limited, from
the market, and it is officially announced that no further stock in that
company will be offered to the public.
If additional capital is necessary for
future work the present shareholders
will supply it. This step on the part of
the Great Northern directors is looked
upon as aft indication of their confidence in the company's properties.
Those present at the meeting when this
important decision was arrived at were
W. B. Pool, J. J. Young, W. F. Cochrane, F. W. Godsal and T. Kilpatrick.
Revelstoke Herald.
And a Suggestion--Expert Examination of Mining Camps
in British Columbia.
An   Incompleteness   of   Public
Knowledge of the Mineral
Resources of Country.
The recent extensive discoveries of
gold quartz at Poplar creek and its
vicinity, and the circumstances surrounding these most important finds,
are directing public attention once
more to the fact which has again and
again been demonstrated, and again
been lost sight of by the people of British Columbia. That fact is the singular incompleteness of public knowledge
of the mineral resources of this country,
coupled with a curious paucity of
definite detail, and an almost total lack
of scientific accuracy, as to the few
particulars which are public property.
Of the truth of this deplorable, but
long establishod, state of affairs, Poplar
creek affords a striking example. Here
we have a camp suddenly sprung into
existence a few short months ago; a
camp whose extraordinary richness has
attracted world-wide attention; a camp
that bids fair to disprvoe the oft-repeated assertion that gold quartz mining was not and could not be profitably
carried on in British Columbia; a camp
which has asserted its worth by such
incontrovertible proof that, only just
commencing its existence, it is drawing towards it investors from every
quarter of the financial world.
Now the stranger unacquainted with
the   facts  might  reasonably  conclude
that   this   highly-favored   region  was
one unknown to any but the trapper or
Indian up to the present year—a  land
paved with gold  which  was suddenly
and accidently stumbled  on  by some
lucky prospector.    But is this the case?
Not at all.    Nhe country   was  prospected years ago—a dozen  or more—
for silver.    The  best known  claim of
the district, the Lucky Jack, is situated
a few hundred yards  from   the  line of
the Lardeau railway, and   the  passenger sitting at ease in his car can gaze
at the rich auriferous ledge running up
the hillside and  standing a good  two
feet above   the   rock surrounding it.
Telegraph line hands camped  for days
on this very spot, not more  than a few
weeks before its value  was discovered.
Yet they saw nothing.    Five years before, a prospector had  cursed  the gold
sticking out of the quartz  lumps and
had thrown the pieces away, believing
them to be but yellow copper.    Timber
hands, road builders, surveyors, all had
been over this country for a  decade of
years, without dreaming of or noticing
the wealth lying exposed to the light of
To   what   must   this extraordinary
oversight, this lack of systematic prospecting, he attiUnited? Simply to a
preconceived opinion based on error.
The rock of the country carried silver
and some little gold. On the surface,
where erosion, oxydization, and the influence of the elements generally had
decomposed the rock and dispersed the
baser metals, the gold values per ton
were high; but this seldom lasted more
than ten or twelve feet down. And
this, added to the solemnly expressed
opinion of sundry men whose knowledge of their subject was in inverse
ratio to their willingness to speak, to
the effect that no gold,bearing quartz
existed in these districts in workable
quantity, was accepted as a good reason for ignoring the possibility of payable gold-bearing rock's existence,
until accident, rather than design,
proved its presence in enormous richness to be an absolute certainty.
This is, roughly, the history of the
district containing the Poplar creek
and adjacent camps. It may be
briefly summarized as the history of a
district containing great wealth, the
nature of which has only just been discovered—a district whose development
has been proceeding along the wrong
lines for a number of years, owing to
ignorance and lack of scientific investigation.
Unfortunately Poplar does not stand
alone as an instance of misunderstanding and neglect. Rossland, Kootenay,
the Slocan, and half a score of other
camps which today are successful producers, were retarded for years in their
development by the ill-considered or
ignorant opinions uttered by men to
whom the mining world thoughtlessly
conceded the right to know what they
were talking about. And even now
our knowledge of the possibilities and
geological conditions of many of the
best known districts of British Columbia is of a most fragmentary and inadequate nature.
Well, there is the complaint. Now,
let us look about for a remedy. It may
we think be conceded at once that it is
extremely rare to find a mineralogist
whose qualifications embrace a full,
comprehensive and expert knowledge of
all the various minerals, precious and
base, of which British Columbia is a
veritable storehouse. . . . Would
it not, therefore, be more to the benefit
of the country's mining interests if the
authorities were to engage the services
of an expert, say, in copper, or whatever pai ocular ore or mineral it might
be considered advisable at the time to
secure a report on, send him to the
districts or district which it is desired
to examine and then publish and issue
a full report ? Such a document prepared by a competent man would remain an authority on the district examined, and would meet all requirements as to information and statistics
as to that particular district or districts
for a long time to come. It would not
be necessary to issue a voluminous report each year, so that expense would
be saved.—B. C. Mining Exchange. I
Poplar, B. C, Jan. i, ick>4
Is published every Friday at Poplar, B. C.
and is sent to any address for $2.00 a year.
Commercial adve;tising is $1.50 an inch for
four insertions. Beading notices 15 cents a
line each insertion. Legal advertising 10
oents 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
Nuggkt. Poplar, B. G.
B. T. LOWEB-Y, Proprietor.
It speaks well for the prospects of
the Great Northern Mines, limited,
that the directors have decided not
to sell any more stock.
At Comox an old time Liberal has
been refused a liquor license by the
license commissioners. That's right;
siwash the old-timers.
Joe Seagram has just bought a colt
for $5,000. And still the woHdsays
there is nothing in whiskey but
snakes and woodrats.
In Butte last week, Senator Clark
gave away 6,000 turkeys, which
proves that the rich do not always
want to gobble everything.
The late Pope Leo left over eight
millions of dollars. He could not
have done much better if he had
lived in Poplar instead ot Rome.
Corpses can now be sent by mail,
provided they are cremated and put
in cans. This would be a cheap way
to move the population ot Slocan City.
After years ot serving the public
for nothing, G. O. Buchanan has obtained a paying situation from the
Dominion government. His reward
is justly deserved.
At last a man has been found
brave enough to accept nomination
as mayor of Slocan City for 1904.
His name 1b David Amok Mr. Arnot
has our sincere sympathy.
In Colfax a man drank 17 glasses
of beer and fell dead. Must have
been very big glasses. In the Lardeau if a man drank seventeen big
glasses ot beer the bartender would
fall dead.
The Nelson Economist complains
that Greenwood is having skating
carnivals while Nelson is practically
without ice. Jce in Nelson and a
\   political campain coming on ? Lord I
Back in Ontaaio, where they love
the heathen and hate each other,
there was an election in North Ren-
frew Thursday last, The Grits hired
a gang of toughs to disturb meetings
and slug Gamey. and the Tories
hired another gang to slug the Grit
toughs. It is not at all strange that
to the people ot Ontario the Chinese
appear to be superior beings.
The statement is now made that J.
J. Hill's engineers have found a
feasible route from Kootenay to the
coast by way of the Similkameen
river.   Two years ago we had it on
the authority of that eminent statesman and engineer, the Hon. Smith
Curtis, that he had discovered a pass
over Hope mountain. It is a real
pleasure to know that Mr. Curtis'
statement has been corroborated.
The "Romance of Poplar Creek,"
by Percy F. Godenrath,  has been
published.   One incident in the lives
of the hero and heroine was omitted
in the romance. We take the liberty
ot giving it here:   "As the heroine
was assiduously working a pair of 12
pound Hudson's Bay blankets up and
down the corrugated face of a washboard, enveloped in a halo or steam,
soap-bubbles   and   profanity,    two
hideous creatures darkened the tent
door.   * Silver-tips 1' she gasped. She
didn't scream; she yelled like blazes,
Where was Cooper, the hero, at this
'auspicious'   moment?    Across the
'darkling' and swollen Lardo, in a
tent, doing assessment work on a copy
of the Argosy. Did he hear her yell?
Could he hear a steam calliope at 50
yards ? He sprang, leaped or bounded
to an upright position,  hit the trail,
plunged into the water and manfully
breasted the turbulent waves.   He
reached the tent and with a couple of
chunks of gold-impregnated quartz
slew the monsters."   It is worth recording that  these  were  the only
quilled  silver-tips   ever   killed  in
British Columbia.
He—I can trace my ancestry back
through nine generations.
She—What else can you do ?
Then he blinked and looked at her
as if he wondered where he was and
how far he had dropped.
Some men think it is up to them to
go a little slow in order to keep from
getting too far ahead ot the times.
* 1
^ Has cocktails tor the nervous, J
S beer for the delicate, whiskey 2
5 for the   hardy   mountaineer, $
S and cigars for those who pre- 2
£ fer narcotic to alcoholic stimu- £
§ lants. S
jt August Buffalo -   -   -    Manager *
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
when you get inside the door.
It is easy to explain why others
should not make mistakes.
It is a waste of time to look for a
substitute of truth.
Promises which are easily obtained
are not the most valuable.
Does This
Interest You?
We offer Rio Coffee of
best quality, fresh roasted :
6 pounds $i.oo
50 pounds, per pound.  16
100 pounds, per pound.  15
Kootenay Coffee Co.
nelson, b. c.
8 THE—-  5
I Queen Cigar Store |
« ,—r IT NELSON  *
to   Keeps the best brand* of fe
^     CIGARS, J
J| PIPES and J
$ TOBACCOS     2
to   Wholesale and Retail. to
The Poplar Laundry
And Bath House.
Send CQ Cents
And get a copy of
Written and compiled by
Address all orders to The
Ledge, New Denver B.C.
Hotel in Nelson has
no superior in West
Kootenay. Always
plenty of room for
Poplar millionaires.
Sells many kinds of goods, including
Groceries, Provisions, Hardware,
Tinware. Canned goods of rare
quality always in stock. Supplies
delivered to any part of the city.
Postoffiee in the building, and mail
sent to any part of the universe. '
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
Poplar, B< C, Jan. i, 1904.
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
The wore* enemy of the mining in
[dusti y is not the fakir, tor his meth-
(ods are generally of so rank a nature
[that he deceives none but the mot*
gullible. Incidental to fleecing those
who are ignorant regarding the inin
ing industry ho, ot course, blackens
the reputation of the mining section
in which he is operating, but even
he, piratical, conscienceless and
dangerous to the public weal though
he is, is not to be feared so much as
the human snake who draws sustenance from the vessel containing
"the milk of human kindness,"
which is always open in a mining
camp, and then poisons the draught
tor the donor; the thtng which has
taken on the. form of a man and who
exists on the support given him by a
mining community in which he lives
and wantonly circulates reports or
utters lying statements to retard the
develoyment of mining properties in
the district, of which he knows nothing; the parasite who sucks the life
blood from the veins of the industry
which nourishes him; the loul ulcer
which clings to the body politic and
contaminates the atmosphere surrounding; the ungrateful cur which
bites the hand that feeds him
There are no more despicable traits
in humanity than cowardice combined with treachery and base ingratitude, and all these in the fullest
degree the "knocker" in a mining
camp hat, There is a wide difference between the man who honestly
warns the public against fraudulent
promotion and lends his aid toward
ridding the community ot fakirs who
are discrediting the district in which
he lives, and the narrow-minded
knocker who proclaims to the world
that there is no merit in any mining
Such fellows are a menace to progress and should be unceremoniously
kicked out of camp. As a rule, the>
know nothing of mining and with all
the evidences of prosperity surround
ing them, prosperity because of the
wealth derived from mining, their
limited visions can penetrate no
further than their shrunken men-
mentality. The mines that are already yielding millions ate before
them; the mines which are being
opened and which will yet yield millions are not within the scope of
either. And because the knocker
knows not what progress means, he
condemns,   without   knowing why,
the mines which are being opened
and the men who are spending time
and money to open them He inflicts
more injury on a district than his
twin brother, the fakir. —Mining and
Engineering Review.
The Oyster-Criterion.
The Oyster-Criterion and Rossland
properties at Camborne, sa>s the
Miner of that town, are just now the
scene of active operations. Men are
daily being added to the working
force, and drifts and tunnels are being run in to block out ore tor treatment in the stampmill that is constantly pounding out the yellow
W. B. Pool, manager of the prop
erty, in conversation, said: "lam
exceedingly pleased at the manner
in which our mill is running, everything working without the slightest
hitch, about thirty tons ot ore per day
being treated. Gold is piling up on
the plates in such quantities that I
am sure our first clean up will be a
revelation to all of us. The rock at
present being put through is from the
Rossland, and we are running the
waste ore with it, as we found out
that the country rock carries a fair
amount of gold values
"At the mine the work is being
done on the Oyster and Criterion, a
fine body of ricli ore being- encountered a few days ago. We are considering the installation of extra
stamps, and I think it will only be a
matter ot a few months when 20
stamps instead of 10 will be working
in our mill. We will install stamps
as the mine warrants, and we will
certainly push work with vigor. We
are known for going the limit and
will certainly make no exception in
this case.
"I consider this one of the best
mining camps in the country, and is
a continuation of the belt on which
Poplar is situated. This country has
not been scratched yet. Why, I'll
bet you there are properties in this
vicinity that will prove world beaters, only needing capital to open
them up. Capital is coming this way
slowly but suiely, and I'll venture
to say that next year will see the
greatest mining stir that has ever
struck the Lardeau."
Awe is the feeling with whieh one
woman regards another who wears
imported gowns.
General flcrchani
Mining1 Supplies,
Dry Goods,
Gents' Furnishings,
Boots and Shoes,
Groceries.       Agent for
Hamilton Powder Co.
Bring You   .
to this office. Il will not hurt
you, and will help the editor to
live in luxury.
Notary   and  Commissioner
Wholesale Merchants
Starkey & Co., Lh«
Fruit Eggs, Bacon and other Provisions.
' NKL80M,B.C.
A. R. HeylaiuJ, gsras
veyor, Kaslo.
D. J. Robertson & Co.
Furniture Dealers arid
Funeral Directors.
Wholesale dealers in Wine, Beer, Liquors and
Cigars. The famous Pabst Beer always in
stock.     A  special line  is  Dawson"s  Extra
Special Scotch Whiskey
This noted fluid is a nectar fit for the gods
and Poplar pioneers, and a sip or two of it
will bring surcease of sorrow to any soul
weary of bucking bitter fate. Poplar, B. C, Jan. i, 1904
I ■
i '
\  The
Best Menu in the City
Bed Rooms Large and
We Sell Liquors   aafclj
Just as They
Come from the
Jacobson & Anderson,
E. Ferguson, the Nelson liquor
dealer, was in town Monday.
Jackson and Mrs. Radcliffe spent
Christmas with friends in Nelson.
Win. Schmock and Oscar Nelson returned Monday from Trout Lake.
Thos. Armstrong of the Poplar hotel
left Wednesday last for a couple of
weeks' visit to Rossland.
Frank Armstrong, representing the
Lion brewery, Rossland, paid a business trip to Poplar this week.
Geo. Drennan left on Monday for
Kaslo, where he will be located for the
next month, coming hack in February.
The death occurred Wednesday of
tost week of J. T. Reeves, who was
operated on for appendicitis in October
at the Ferguson hospital.
A postal card from Thos. McNaught
announces that the annual  meeting of
the Inland  Press  Association will  be
held in  Nelson  on  the 9th and 10th
Eric Strand, one of the locators of
the Swede group, left last week for a
three months' visit to his old home in
Princeton, Minn. He had not been
home for thirteen years.
.E. M. Morgan and P. H. O'Connor
of the Lucky Jack left Friday for Camborne, to be present at the clean-up of
the Oyster mill, which was to have
taken place Tuesday last.
Rev. Mr. Solly of Trout Lake and
Rev. Geo. Findlay cf Ainsworth came
in on Monday. As one is Episcopa-
lion and the other Presbyterian, and
there are not enough church-goers in
town to make two congregations, it
was decided to combine forces and attack the evil one in a joint service Tuesday evening. The meeting passed off
quietly. ' 	
A Grave Affair.
The livery drivers' strike in Chicago
is becoming a grave one, Last Satur-
day the strikers held up the hearses.—
Greenwood Times.
Table Was Sumptuous.
Ferguson people who attended the
hall at the Prospectors' Exchange.
Saturday last, are lavish in their praise
of the set-out.    A sumptuous table was
provided, and the dance was most enjoyable. —LardeauEagle^
Willie Is It.
W. A. Galliher, M. P., has returned
from Ottawa, looking well, but not
saying much as to whether or not
there will be an election in the near
future. It is understood William feels
he will carry this constituency against
all comers.—Nelson Economist.
Got It in the Interim.
While filling a gasoline lamp at the
Prospectors' Exchange this evening,
Harry Anderson received severe burns
from the gasoline exploding from a
naked light and setting fire to his
clothes. He had the presence of mind
to roll in a snowbank and extinguish
the flames, but was badly scorched in
the interim.—Camborne Miner.
A lowly seat has at least one good
point—it is usually a safe one.
Learn to say nothing at the right
Those wjio borrow trouble should
not object to paying for it.
He is an unfortunate man who is
only clever enoagh to make enemies.
An act of heroism is but temporary
while an act of charity is everlasting
Many a good woman can see where
she might have been better looking.
Can advice be very valuable when
so many people are willing to give
it and so few to take it?
It is impossible so convince a lazy
man that there is such a thing as
easy work.
The words which are at present on
everybody's lips: "Shut the door!"
The Poplar
Barber Shop
Pioneer  Shop   of the City
Kaslo Hotel
Kaslo, B. C.
Is a pleasant halting place
for pilgrims on their way to
Cockle & Papworth.
M Poplar Transfer Go.
JTT Freight moved to any part of thecity orfthe
\f\ hills.   A heavy  team  of horses and  a
W string of husky mules always at the ser-
fijfl vice of the public.   Lots cleared in any
jfj partjof townsite.
Poplar Townsite
See Future Ads
The Miners Hotel
Hanson Strand & Johnson
Notice is hereby given that «o dava «<>«..
date L intend to applv to the ChielT&fifc
.doner of Lands anf \V orks for permission to
purchase the following lands, situate in
kootenay district on Lardo rirer. about
three-quarter-of a mile east of Lake creek-
Commencing at a post planted about three
quarters of a mile east of Leke creek and
about eighty chains from the Lardo rivlr
marked "John J. Malone's North-West Corner
W" thuenoe eftrtt t80o,ch»In»' th-nce south 40
chains, thence west 80 chains, thence north
40 ohains to the point of commencement
Dated December 12th, 1908.
Dominion Hotel
Has ample accommodation for a
|  large number 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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