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 ^M/^  *&  #  1^ JrVi/  /��������� /  .Vol. I.���������No. 23.  EEYELSTOKE, WEST KOOTENAY, B.C., SEPTEMBER 15, 1894.  $2.00 a Year.  To Mia ess and Prospectors.    rj  It is our ilo=irc to liave the JI vm known far  and wide as a reliable A 1 minin;-; paper. To  this end we <i=k the help of iiii ^jro-pc-tors and  miiiinij men who have thu intercut, of the Nor'Ji  Jti'lms'of West Kootou iy'i.t lioarlT. ll if. in  your powor to give wc very material help hy  sending in scraps of mininj? news which would  cMierwi-,j.rcuiain unpublished. Kveryitem. no  waller Low Inual 1t.1n.1y .i]j]ir.vr to you, \\illbe  ncccptiililc. If you iuu-e no pen. wnte with a  pencil; if no paper, ji.-t tick ir, rio-.vn on a piece  of birch b.irk. If j o.i ure out of stamps send it  al' t'/ic-iinie, ^v-e'll atteinl to tli.it., Wv, ei- uiind  fframmatical com position-, iloviitiK hiiiguntfe, or  ol'--.n\iit 'o.-inu'.vi-iMiif', u>������< -.end vs 1j'u iactj*;  we'll .to Mn. n-t. Wcjn-s: o>.iy o.u tl itijj: Bo  iiot i������ V-jg-jr.iU-.  Notice of Application for Certificate of  Improvements.   ���������  SILVER CUP MINERAL .CLAIM.    -  mAICK NOTICE that I, Charles Holtex,  J Agent for Hie above claim, fi-ce miner's  certificate So. 4070.-;. intend, sixty days fiom thc  diUe hereof, to apply to the Gold Commissioner  , for a ceitiiicatc of improvement.'*', for the purpose of obtaining u Crown grant for the above  claim. 1   ' '  And furl her take notice that adverse claims  must ho sent to the Mining Recorder and action  commenced before ine issuance of such ccrtili  cite of improvements*.  Dated this 13th day of August, 1S91.   ,  ' MINING INTELLIGENCE.,  "..*,  Kootenay' Ledge  *K-7.i5 .i.F.&A.M.  *   *   The regular meeting"  nie held in tl,e JU.u,  omcTeinnloJioui-iK-'s'  cordially welcomed.  C. H. TEMPLE. Sl-cuctaiiy.  a. McNeil,  , 'EAItBSK SHOP AND BATE ZIOOKC,  Front Sired, Kevelstoke.      ' ,  1 "am now offei injjf 6 shaving tickets for  $1.00.' ,,n.-t!i-Jnt J'oi- '2'n-.     And  a bath for ������.ie.  ���������   ....   .'.  GUY. BARBER,  d ' WATCHKLfll-ES's'A'SrJS'JEVVEI.IiEIl.  Repairing Ne,ulv & Promptly Executed.  JOHN SHAW,  LATER.  .'REVELSTOKE, B.C.   :o:   CfllMBYS A SPECIALTY.  BIG BEND.     p  Andy Parks is down from Smith  Creek. A bed-rock shrift; down'15 feet  cribbed, wheel and pump' in position,  and pluck enough to go to bed-rock by  spring or have patches on an interesting part of his overalls, is Andy's little  " tale of woe."  THE BOLD. NEST.  A STRANGE STORY TOLD BY A  'j TENDERFOOT. ,  -:o:-  BRICKS ON SALE.  Orders left with Sir. Stone, Stockholm  House,, will bo promptly attended to.  J. K. WILSON & CO.������������������'  300TvAND SHOEMAKERS,  ' FRONT (STREET, REVELSTOKE .  (One door west cf Courthouse.) ,  KEPjAIRS NEATLY fc.PPXOlPTI.Y DONE.  J'KICKS MOOCIIAIK.'  !L-_A-.  _fcrt< H i ,J_ ���������������.-?_,  Bb'lbDER.-  Will -figure on 'all kinds of  Buildings ; all kinds'ofHouse:  -, Store arid Office Furniture''re-  paired or ^uade< to order; all  kinds of S/igjnvork ��������� ??/������������������ my line-  ",' neatly and promptly executed,by  skilled and experienced hand.  "'   '       ��������� FURNITURE,  Boors, Sashes & Blinds.  '   R. HOWSON,   ,  KEVELSTOKE.  ;��������� .p \% A. JOWETT,. ,  MINING AKDEEAI ESTATE BROKER.  ,   '     NELSON,' B. C. ;   '   ;  Lardeaii & Slocan Ppospacts Wanted.  YOU WANT  'Hea,Yy������������Bpaft - Horses  Garriago Hgfsos'  Saddle op Pack,  *  COFFINS  CA3VRIED  I2sr  STOCK.  .agent v-o:t sinc-i:h sewixg macuinkss.  ���������*"*i >'  ��������� ?i/ 12    -&������*. **  V!  M E R C H A N" T   T AI L O R,  Revelstoke Station^  First-class Material kept in stock and  First-class Workmen' employed.  "Milch Cows1   '  Beef Cattle  Oats 0? -Wlieai" ���������  ' Pressed Hay :  ' Potatoes or Cabbage  Carrots or Onions ?  ADDRESS     '' '  'W:,J." .ARMSTRONG, .  ,     THii*        ' ,'""  ' *  ^ 1  Hardware, Tin & Stove San1  -VERNON; B.C.,   * -   \y  or VV.' COWAN, Revelstoke, B.C.  NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT.    '    ���������  1  Pr.-RSlj---.A-T TO THE  OHEDITOTtS' Tl-iUST,  Dickds Act; ISPi), and Amendments. '  Gbldstream Canyon will' this, fall  have quite a few men at work. Holden  and 'jSforleans are putting in a wing-  dam. James McFarlane* is working  his lease. Eli Carpenter and Frank  Hart are about putting in a wing-dam  below the second falls, while Charles  Molsen,   John  Bell-' and  others have'  ,ground staked, which, they  are going'  -up soon ito develop.^  John Boyd, Thos. Baih and others  have taken up pre-emptions on Four-  mile flat, this side of Downie" Creek.  Men are building cabins there.' Messrs.  ��������� Boyd and Bain will move their'families  up this fall and improve their properties. The ' land" is excellent,' some  thousand odd acres being pre-empted.  There are,- several- flats and valleys  north of us which. aro good for agri-".  cultural purposes.'  The Sol Holden mirie. on the Columbia near Smith ' Creek, a' good sized  hydraulic proposition, has been'stea'dily  developed, during the summer by its  owners. Tney are just cleaning up the  bed:rbck after the 'season's 'sluicing.  'We ' cannot definitely" soy what the  ' results have been in dollars 'and cents,  but they are reported as good. Sol  Holden oame down Tuesday night in  company with Andy Parks. , Rumor  says that negotiations aro,J on with  eastern ' men  for the sale of- the, initio.  General Blacksmith.  GEORGE    TERRYBERRY,"  ..   ,   11EVELSTOKE, B.C.  ,Repairs to Wagons, &c.  Shoeing a .Specialty.  JlaSsjfess-SslbJs'i  THK  BEST AND CHEAPESTROUTE  TO   AXI)   FKOM  All Eastern Points.  Tin-out;'! Kir-.tC].������������s.*sl<.,i,pinc:CVii,--nnil TourKt,  SloppfnjT Car-; 10 Sr. I'.iuJ, Arouti*c.*il;iurl Tuiimlo  MilkoutiChiiiige.  REVELSTOKE TIME TABLE.  -\ tlaiitic Impress arrives   Diln daily.  I'.iC'lio " "        1(3:2,5   "  rpAlvE NOTICE,' that Robert. E.  Cooke apd Tom M. Hamilton,  on business in Trout Lake  Oil y, Bi'itisli Oolumbia, as hotel keepers,  by deed dated the 27(,h day of August,  ISO*, assighed all their real and personal  opi.it,e v,'h;i,:soever to Clarence Burpee  1-i nine, of Rovolsi uke, for the purpc>se  oi batis-fyiiii: raljhly .-ind jjroportion-  aiely, witliom, I'rerei'cnco^or priority,  thc-ii*. the raW Robert. E. Cooko and  Tom M. 1 laud[ton's, creditors. The said  deed'"was. executed bv the said Robert  E. Conko .-uid Tom Si. Hamilton, the  debtors, 'on the 27th day oi' August,  IS:'!, and by the said Clarence Burpee  llrinio on the 27th day of August, 1S01,  and the said assignee has undertaken  and '..cui-nted the trusts created by the  said'deed. All persons having claims  against the said debtors, Robert R.  Cooke and Tom. M. ITii.milton. must  forward or deliver full particulars of  tinjir claim, duly verified, to Clarence  13. Hume, Kevelstoke. on or before the  1st day of October, J SOI.'  CLARENCE B. HUME,  Trustee.  Datud at Revelstoke, August 2Sth, 1S94.  A BIO BEXD   HYDRAULIC MINB.  ;;   Andrew "Whalen.and William Kirk-  up have arrived in town."    They  have,  turned up,'with  a  summer's  development, a  fine' hydraulic  mine  on , the  summit  of 'McCulloch* rtCrcek. ., They  brought watier on a'bench at the forks"  by a'half-mile  or  so   of a .ditch 'and'  -flume from the west fork,"and ground-  sluiced probably 100 yards of'pay dirt  They'cleaned up'from their 'operations-  some  20 ozs.  of 'heavy,   coarse  gold.  They have a-160-acre lease, and intend  next year to bring a ditch 'across' the  bench from the' main  stream, and b}'  means of - pipes, a giant' and   200 feet  fall of water, do  some 'mining.    In a  nutshell, a couple of conservative miners, without any unnecessary'fuss,'have  gone ahead and'turned out a fine little  mine.  Vor full information .is to rates, time, etc.,  ftpply to .  I. T. Browstcr,  GibW  ARROW  If  OWN WHARF, REVELSTOKE,  Mondays and Thursdays at 8 a.m.  Leaves Nakusp Tuesdays and Saturdays  At 12.30 p.m.  CALLING AT HOT SPRINGS,  THOMSON'S & HALL'S LANDING.  Agent. Revelstoke.  GEO.  iJiiU-icL lM.-'senBtT -ABcnt,  Vancouver,  li.C.  CAN I OIMMUN  A  PATENT?     For a  mwer nufl an honest opinion, *,  k CO., -,v!io Ii.tvc lncl nonrlrilfl*. yonri*  Sro:npt nn'iwcr nufl an honest opinion, write to  _ I ('NN A: CO., wlio Ii.tvc lncl mvirlylift} ydir-.-  cxporloncu in the in-.fciil. .busmos-i.   Cni'iiiiniili'ii,  tions strictly conflrtc'iiLiiil. A I'liiidli'iok olln-  -rormntlon cosicurnlni; I'lilciKi and liow to obtain tbi'ra Munt fiui'. AImi :i c.iinlo^uoofiDCcliuJi-  ic*il nml HcientillB liofiks gout Troo.  I'.tU'iits taken tliroiiKh Jliiiii! Ic Co. recolvo  sncclnl notlcointho Srirntillc Aiiiprit'iin. nnd  tliiifl .ire biouKht niUi'ly bcloiollu' public willi.  out cont to tlio Inventor. 'J'lils hi)lc;iili<i pupcr,  isHueiinpckly.olmt'ii'ily llluutniti'il,lmnl.vfin 111."  Inr^Uiit cheu'M-ir'n o. n.nv I'ci-rii.'ifj.* ii,iu In tlio  ivorlil.   g,,'} :i voir.   S.inipln I'opli'Mfont iici'.  Jinlldliii; Kilitlou. inonllily, f iM u Mj:ir.   Sinclf  cnpi������s, "t.i cuntu.   Dvory nimi'icr .'outiiln-i licnu  tlful plitlcs. in ''Oloi.i, 'ind pliwi.'.fip)! ��������� ',! ������������������������������������v������  lioiinrM. nltli plni i, riiulil'iKt li' Hil..ai,  .'   ,. i'i..  lalcsl d<w,i(rnM mul t-,, ai, ,un',..-l.    /,iur,"i  HUNK i C(>.. XbW   tOi'K. .-{US   'J'.vj- ;v,  The decision of the British Columbia sealers to accept; the United States  offer of ������1-25,000 in settlement of their  seizure claims has been communicated  to Washington by Sir Charles H. Tupper. ' While Sir Charles is himself disappointed that the amount is not  larger, and while he fought hard for  more, under the circumstances, he  thinks the sealers have acted wisely.  The water has "seldom been so low  in tho St Lawrence as it is at present.  In the ship channel between Montreal  and Quebec it is "dead" low at 27 feet  fi inches. Harbour ollicials think ic  111.13- o������> at' h'ast, one andCa half feet  lower. At this point it would be the  lot-ii'st on record. Steamers lea\ing  iWonlri'.il are obliged to load to suit/  the depth of the waur. Opposite the  cii>-  '-i"ii>. il  "IjimK  fiie  plainh- -iisibli-.  TIDC 'CONSOLATION.  The Consolation Mining Co., 'on  French Creek, have just started in to  again work  the, mine.    It, has taken  O ' 1  them the whole of Jul}- and August; to  replace the mine buildings, hoisting  works and flume which ' were swept;  away b}-, the floods. While the mine  itself was ' not seriously damaged  underground, all the surface work was  completely washed out, and tlio owners,  not at al! disheartened, immediatel}7  proceeded to.open hera'gain, with thc  result that to-day there is probably  not a better opencd-up mine of its  class, in the country. A huge wing  dam, 150 feet in'length, 12 feet high  and 12 feet wide, extends partly across  the creek and completely protects the  hoisting work. Three hundred feet of  3-feet flume brings the water on an  overshot wheel, which is used to hoist  the 'cars to thfe surfacepwhere it is  dumped into riffled flumes in the wash-  house, the water carrying the tailings  through a tail-race which empties into  French   Creek. Blacksmith   shop,  kitchen and sleeping cabins, which are  large and airy, are further down  stream. Fully ������4,000 has been expended and everything is in first-class  shape. Jack Sweeney, tbc foreman,  should feel proud. The mine speaks  for itself, having produced .$10,000 in  the ten months preceding the wrecking  of the workings.  tin  *.l SUM  11  ������1*.  .d-''  |i"*il  NOT RICHER THAN B.C. GOLD FIELDS.  The Coolgardie gold fields of Australia are being widely advertised as  world-beaters. A 52 lb. nugget, a  2,000 oz. specimen, 4,230 oz. from a tub  of tailings. Far-away fields are always  green * but, granted chat the above is  correct, it is nothing very wonderful.  Williams' Creek in Cariboo, and Hill's  Bar at Yale have often exceeded this  in productiveness in the gilt-edge days  of pioneer B.C. The action of heat in  volcanic Australia (we are referring to  bygone ages) run the loose gold into  nuggets and pockets of great value,  but few and far between. These when  produced in bulky form before the gaze  of tenderfoot newspaper men cati^e  them to indulge in, expressions of  wonder at their richness. In old B.C.  the ice handled our gold for us and left,  it  loose  through  the whole wash, not  There   is  nuggets.  amalgamated   in  man}-  an   old   miner  around  here }ct  who could t^ll of dav* v-'nen a f';w men  took out of a sp.ee 100   feet .si-nare a*-.  niuoh as thi-  toi*ii   pinducM'on  or Co>.l- ! bl.i-ikei, -ivcr  11*13  <;ardi  ������.', in ils manv f-quaic unit's.  A man limped into the town yesterday by way of the Big Bend trail.    lie  was haggard   and   thin',  his clothing  frayed ami  ragged, and his unkempt  appearance showed that lie had been a  sojourner in tho mountains for some  time.    'On a nearer approach it- was'  found that the man was not a stranger  to the town, but a tolerably well known  resident who has been mis&ed for the  past few weeks, but whom nobody had  ever suspected of having' prospecting  proclivities. Dropping into the nearesst  saloon he wearily threw himself into a  chair and for a few moments vacantly  'watched two or three young men who  were playing billiards, then he dropped  'off to sleep.   Shortly after a loud bang1  was heard on'the floor, which sounded  outside on the street very much like  the report of a pistol shot. "Diogenes"  'of the Mail, who was r passing at the  time, looked in at the door and saw tho  occupant of the chair pick up a lump of  jTellow metal about the size of a hen's  .egg and looking wonderfully like gold.  It was gold.   Such' a' man with such a  nugget must havo a history, thought  the philosopher of lantern fame, and  inviting  the owner of the huggefc to  " take something," thoy sts-pped up co  the bar.   As none of "the others present  had seen the nugget the wary'"Dio'g.'';  ignored  the' subject until he had got  his man outside, and then after a few  minutes   conversation,   during   which  the magnificent' nugget 'was handled  and inspected, the two' made a bee lino  for the Mail'office, where, in the in-  neimost  sanctum   behind  the paper-  cutter, the ragged vv.'ayfarur told the  following strange story :���������  ' "Some jAme back I had been reading  in the Kootenay Mail ^..bont the  Big.  Band country,   liow they were picking  up nuggets in the Vandal! aud Consolation mines to the tune of $100 a day.'  I could not help thinkinglhat that was  the'sort of occupation-that would suit  me, but I had_never been out prospecting, and I knew''that, a1 cenderi'oot like]  me would only come to grief if he tried,  it.   But the idea still clung to me, and  oftentimes after going to bed I would  lie awake picturing myself digging* out  of the coarse gravel in'a lonely canyon  up in die .Bend country, dull j-ellow'  .lunijis   of   metal . of   all   conceivable  shapes,, some of. them as hiz-ge as a walnut.   Whether I dropped off to sleep  and dreamt it, or whether I continued  wide awake and imagined it;, 1 cannot  tell.   But night after night there came  up' before  me  the vision of a wild,  lonely \-aile3- with  a   boulder-strewn  bed, as if ic \vere the bottom of an ancient, river.    1 was  standing on die  western   side of   the   valley,   looking  down into it, from the edge of a clilx  about a hundred fecc high.    Oh the  opposite side the foot of the mou'ntain  sloped down into the valley, and lai-ge  trees grew close down  to the 'rocky  bank,  which  appeared   about  six , or  eight feet high.   The cliu on which I  stood extended from the head of the  ,valley, or canyon,  to about; a quarter  of a mile below.   The valley ran north  and south and in tho centre was quite  a hundred yards in width, but up at  the north end it narrowed to 10!) feet.  The head of the canyon was a perpendicular wall about 200' feet high and  composed of grey and   brownish rod  stoue with veins of bright yellow running all through it.   The brow or rim  of the cliff had a depression  nearly in  the centre, no doubt worn away by the  water which flowed over it in bygone  ages.   It must have been a grand fall,  and the volume  of water must have  been considerable, as the width of the  river a short distance down the valley  would show.    I  am   explaining   thi.s  place so minutely because you will understand  mj' story better and because  I've been���������but, there, I'll come to that  later on.  " I looked around at the distant peaks  for   a  landmark   to  locate  the place  again.   What impelled me to do this I  cannot tell.   Away due north 1 noticed  a mountain with three peaks in  line  cast and west, and I observed that the  centre peak, much   higher   than   the  others, was right in line with the head  of the canyon.   This was repeated a  few nights after, but this time I fancied  I took refuge in  the, canyon  to hide  from some pursuer, and again the idea  forced itself on me that here lay gold.  Day after da>- I could not slrike off  the belief that there was something in  it.   Although not a believer in dreams  I have no doubt that, in common vvitli  the rest of humanity, I must have inherited a few grains of the superstition  which permeated  our forefathers.      i  began to believe that this was a special  interposition  of   Providence  to make  me a rich man.  " Well, at last I made up my mind to  go. So one morning about .six o'clock  I started up the trail on what J could  only cliay.'io'.eri/.e as a wild goof.i- clu^o.  f   h.ul   '-evi'-'nl  days   grim sluing  in   ;.  Kick,  si   p. ospe: ioi't. |  pick,   rifie,   and jn ni*, pocket:- twenty j una L ii.i.l no! liee.  cartridges. It was a, very meagre outfit, but then I didn't expect to be gone  more than a week at the most. 1 ought  to have had a companion, but couldn't  bear the idea of being laughed at for a  simpleton, and J did not Chink I could  find anyone fool enough to follow the  ignis futuus that lud me on. /  "For ten or twelve miles I made  excellent progress, and 113- mid-day I  felt like .taking a mouthful. I calculated that I had done IS miles in the.  .six hours. 1 wanted to get to Carne's  Greek Lhat night, hut as the dusk was  .merging into darkness I had }Tet two  miles to go. So I hunted out a big tree  with spreading branches and climbed  .up cill I found a comfortalile fork on  which f could pass the night. You see,  'I was a little bit afraid of bears and  other night-prowling,,animals, and 1  did not care to light a lire. I had 1113*  rifie'with me.'and felt safe enough, hut'  I didn't get a wink of sleep until the  dawn came stealing in, and then I got  down and found a.sof L placo to lie on.  Here I rolled ms'soli' in my .blanket and  slept for six hours. It was eleven  o'clock when I awoke.' I did not stay  for any breakfast, but munched some  sandwiches as I went along.' I did not  see anybody at Game's Creek, so I kept  going, looking all the time for the three  peaks in line, with the tall one in the   which riowed over it year's   and years'  centre. About five o'clock I reached a  shack, and although there were fotill  two or three hours of davii-j-lit I docer-  mined to camp here for, tlie night.  "Next day was very similar to the  preceding one. Sometimes 1 thought I  could see the throe peaks in tho far  distance ahead, but the}' took such va-'  rying forms as I progressed that I could  not identify them. -By' tho time*** I  reached Downie, Creek,'T -was beginning to thidk I was on a fool's errand.  My pack beg.iu to bear heavily and the  rifle', which I had not found the opportunity of using, seemed to weigh about  fifty pounds. ,'I found a house at Downie and tokens of recent inhabitants,,  but na there was no one to welcome'  me I took French lea*ve arid made' myself comfortable' for another night..  I could sleep now all,night.., The fear  of bears had vanished. . ' \  ,   "But I will not weary'3'ou with the  trivial events "of a tramp to  the 3ig,  Bend countiy." On the fourth dajr'afcei*i  leaving Revelstoke'[ struck a'good siz-'  ed river winch I took-i'or.(xald������Slreaua.-  The trail had left the  Columbia soii'u"  distance back and turned off eastward.!  Now I was in the gold countiy really,'  I thought jt best to bike a view of the,  surrounding' mountains,  and for  this  purpose I laid off my pack and," went  up a sleep hill this side of the river.  I was just as badly off as before, so h  picked out an easy tree to climb and  went up.    It was difficult work,   but  I got nearly 1 o   thc   lop,"and us  luck  would have it the ihst object or rather  objeois my eyes fell on was a mountain  tvioh th:*ce peaks, but it  was   so   far  away to the northeast that my heart  sank at tho prospect of ever 1 caching  it.   But I remembered that in the  vision  the vailej; I sought was not close  to   the   mountain,   but   several   miles  south of it and in line with the centre  on'e.    I w.',s not'iyet in line with either  one.   After some thought [ decided to  follow Gold Stream as'far as it took me  in a favorable direction  eastward and  northward.    It was iu   tho   forenoon  and I had no fear of getting lost, as  I  knew there were several men working'  up   McCulloch   and   French    Creeks,  which could not be vei}r far away.  ,  " I walked for some distance���������about  two or three miles���������when  I   found  I  should have to cross the  river.    I had  not calculated on this, and it took me  over an hour to get  logs   and   brushwood enough to float me across. J used  a long pole  to push with, but I dropped down stream quite a hundred 3rards  before I reached tho othei* side, and   I  should say it was  barely  200   feet   in  width.  "I walked for three hours, crossing  several creeks flowing into Gold stream,  one of which I concluded was' French  .Creek. I may have'gone ten miles or  it may have been only five, but it seemed twenty to nie, as the difficulties were  so many and often. Again I had recourse to a tree and found that the  three peaks had assumed a more familiar appearance, but] had yet some distance to go before 1 got in line with  the centre one and���������they were a long  ways north. J pressed forward, afraid  lhat darkness would find tne in this al-  111'osL impend table wilderness. Soon J  cansts to more open ground which  stretched away to northward, so I at  once turned in that dirction, h'avinjj-  the river, and hopped along o-'or the  boulders which here a bounded, It appeared as if there had boon a, tremendous upheaval in the long ago. Rock.i  were strewn. 111 all direct i'Uis for iiiiios,  with stunted trees growing in the crevices. 1 had been ascending, loo, all  the time, and concluded that j was nt  lt-a������.t H'-KJ feet above thc (Y>luiiilii.*i  River.  " V,*!'I1, at ];.-.{. f w.e-. in In'i- with !'ie  centii! ;-e iL, "nut  ;������ls\-, il   hmi   iv. ii".'iti  i.-md ! could go no   fiii'l.i'er   lli.il   nifb!.  ble resting-place. Going on a little further, I came to the edge of a cliff. A  tall sapling was growing on a ledge b<.-  low, its brandies reaching over the top.  but it wait too dark too .sec liow deep  the chasm was. I quickly decided ti,  get down to that ledge, so getting ,Ou  the ovei hanging limbs of Lhe tree, i>  found the descent vei-y easy and wa-,  soon htandmg on a ledge four or fiv*-  feet wide and about eighteen or twenty feet from the top. This, seemed ������������������  secure place, nnd I spread 1113** blanket,  felt that my rifle was in working condition and laid down Lo sleep.  "Several limes ] started up at something which had disturbed 1113- rest,' bu!  having taken thc precaution of placing  one leg inside the tree; I ,did "not roll  oif into the blackness below. Once i  heard a scraping overhead and then a  stone came tumblingdown, passed over  me and fell on the rocky bed of the ravine. I took it to be a hear, and sat i  up) cocked my rifle and waited, but  whether bruin smelt 'gunpowder, oi"  couldn't get down I cannot say. lie was  not there when daylight came. But' 1  was 1 Eight there 1 * The ravine over  which Lliad slept, or rather passed tlie  night, was the valley of my* dreams'I  There was the high clilf at the> northern end/with the lip cut'bythe wafer  ago.  " I cannot remember now how I got  down.  I think my senses were so para-  lj-zed with astonishment that'all'my  actions wore   mechanical--performed  without the knowledge .of the brain.  The first thing I remember was my  using the pick and digging up the sand  in the' depression whore the water had ,  struck  the bed, when  the fall was in  existence.     I dug and dug,; scooping  out the sand with 1113- hands and a flat  piece of rock. I made a hole big enough  lo bur j- mj'self, and found* ho "liuggcts.  The sand was ,full of .gold 'dust' a'rfd  flakes, but I came there after nuggets,  and could  not waste any limo"'abouL  mere dust.    ,The day was 'more' than  half gone when I sat down'6i"i the sand  heap I htid made and took'a* portion of  the few sandwiches feinaihing.   After  a drink" of wafer, c/uight in'my'hands  'from a tiny rill that trickled down the ���������  face 01  the, cliff, 1 filled niy pipe for a  quiet smoke.   It is wonderful 'how tobacco dissipates "depression, for I "was  feeliug'rathe'r blue at 'fny'hoh-siiccesL ,  As 1 buioked  the.'thought struck "me  that I was digging in the wrong place.  If uuggets  of any size we're tumbled  over that cliff 'it was  not likely .that  they would shoot out   as far,as  the  water, but would drop behind the falls  and nearer tho wail.   Yes,, I had.hit ip  Thc nuggets lay at least ten feet'nearer  the wall.      .      -'  " T started in and began rolling aside ���������  the rocks which had broken away, from  tho r cliff perhaps ages after the falls  had dried up, as tlioj- were not water-  worn, like the boulders further out. It  was vji'-n work moving those rocks,  and when I'had cleared about six feet  of space I commenced 'to, dig. I had  reached a deptii of quite four feet and  had met with nothing large enough to  call a nugget,!, when J-felt -the pick  strike into something soft. On lifting,  it out T found the point embedded in a  nugget of clean gold, shaped like thc  bowl of a tablespoon, only much larger.  Scraping asvay the gravel, I uncovered  a beautiful nest of nuggets���������a pocket I  The}- were of all shapes and sizes; some  flattened ;is if they had been beaten  out on an anvil. I picked them out  one l>3" one, making it careful count,  and there were no less than 197, large  and small, the biggest weighing about  three pounds. I paid no hoed to the  gathering darkness until happening to  look upward T'caught sight of agreat,  ugi}--looking animal that I recognized  at once to be a griz-ily looking down  on me from the heights above. It  marie mo feel i.-ilhor shivery and long  to be home again.  "Scraping'outa hole, I deposited my  precious find, covered them with sand,  and then catching up blanket and rifle  1 made tracks for 1113- sleeping place of  the previous night. I forgot to s;i3r  that 1 had seen some ver3* large tracks  in the sand, and this hastened my  (Continued on payees.)  Awarded  Highest Honors���������World's   Fair  ne <ia: \ 'it:.'-  'Popping (in>\ i'  nt-.'  Oil 1  >d *i. ���������aiii'.a-  MOST PERFECT   MADE.  A purj Grape Crerm of Tsrfar Powder.   Free  from Ammonia, Alum or .iny other adulterant  AO YEARS THE STANDARD.  vy-Vj- Ta������E %  THE KOOTENAY MAIL.  tlbe Tkootena^ flftail  SUBSCttrPTION.  INVARIABLY IN ADVANCE.  OneY������-Ar _$2 (X)  Sixllontlis ,     1 IX)  Three Monttu.    0 50  ADVERTISING RATES.  One Inch, per month    1,11  Two Indies, per month    2 00  Six   '    V "        "���������        GOO  Special coiitrncU; for large advertisement-?.  ' All bills for advertising due tlie 1st of each'  montlu  Quack and cure-all advertisements not wanted.  The Mail is printed every .Saturday Morning  for the Itcvelsloke Printing & Publishing Co.  .Limited, by  R. W. NORTHEY,'  Manager & Editor,  To whom all cnininunietitious should be  addrcsseil.  SATURDAY, SEPTEMHEtt 15,   1831.  PLAYING FOR A FALL, a  It would seem that the Dominion  Government is doing all it possibly can  to make its defeat at the next electioii  a sure, conclusion. The stupidity1 of  its recent dealings with certain ijues-  tions in this province may be taken as  a sample. The fishermen and canners  on the Fraser petitioned for, an extension of the close season for one week,  as the fish were ten days later than  usual in arriving in the river, and when  ,the last day allowed by law for fishing  arrived the run. of salmon was tit its  greatest. But the. petition was refused  and the men had to stop fishing long  hofore the fishing season was over.  Some years the' salmon arrive quite two  weeks after the usual time, but .the close  season is fixed ��������� by an immutable, cast-  iron law at Ottawa. The Dominion  Government owns the Revelstoke town-  site ; at least, it has sold' many lots  here  and  received  the money.     The  believing  clearings would  itself a cit3' and have a newspaper.  It is also the rapid growth common to  western towns, that induces newspaper  men to set up a press in .one of those  clearings so as to be on the spot when  the inevitable boom strikes tlie town,  and is content to struggle along somehow and anyhow until that time arrives. In West Kootenay, especially,  was the newspaper man justified in  that within two years our  be cities, and his reward would come. But the fall in silver knocked his" calculations into a  cocked hat. Yet he is still content to  hold on waiting for a rise. 'And he  does not scrnple to give his readers the  best literary efforts that can be. produced anywhere. The six newspapers  published in West Kootenay tire a  credit to it, and eacli will,, compare  favorably with most of our eastern exchanges published in, towns with a  population equal to the*whole of West'  Kootenay. The Tribune pays the  Mail a compliment when it says:  "The Mail is an enterprise far in advance of the town in which it'is pub  THE GOLD NEST.  (Continued from page 1.)  townsite  is  in  danger of  being partially swept away by frequent encroachments  of  tlie   river.     The Dominion  Government denies having any responsibility for protecting the townsite, but  has donated ������5,000 for protecting the  bank, on condition that the Provincial  -Government gives a like amount.  This  was all right, and the Provincial Government agreed.   But the smart Aleck  at Ottawa who is supposed  to  have  .charge" of the  inland   navigation department attached  another condition  which, rendered the gift useless, and  this was  that the Provincial Government register Dominion titles to land  in" the townsite���������in other words, settle  the dispute  in favor of the Dominion  Government.   .This was an impossible  .condition, as to register Dominion titles  it would  be necessary to remove Far-  well's "name;   and  if   the  Provincial  ^ Government i removed Farwell's name  ��������� that gentleman would be justified in  . ��������� brinjripf-an action ajiainst'the Provin-  cial  Government.     Moreover,.as  the  case is" gone to the Privy Council for'  .'.'final .uljudication, the Provincial Gov-.  ' eminent has no'jurisdiction. ' The stu-  , pidity of "some official at Ottawa has  ' placed the Government in a ridiculous  " position. , But it is quite apparent that,  the'present Administration is riding  ' for a heavy fall ne_xt election.    It will  come a'cropper, no doubt. *  ' THE RIVER BANK  QUESTION.  -' ' Tub  most favorable time for commencing the work   of  protecting the  river bank is now 1    The water is sufficiently low for the placing,of piles���������if  that plan is to,-be adopted���������from the  bridge  to the smelter.    It is claimed  by some that a wing-dam extending  out to the strongest current a short  distance below the bridge  would serve  the purpose better than piling along  , the bank.   By means of this wing-dam  the current would l>e thrown  into the  old channel on tlie other side,1 leaving  the present one a comparatively still  and   harmless  body ,of   water.   s- But  . whichever plan the engineers decide on  there is no time to lie lost if the work-  is to be completed before the'next high'  water.    It is generally believed  here,  that  the  Dominion Government will  ,   not adhere to the absurd condition attached to the gift(?) of 85,000���������i.e., the  settlement of the townsite dispute������������������  because   the   decision   of   the  Privy  Council will hardly be rendered before  January,  and   by  that time the snow  ���������would  prevent  any work being done  for at   least three months.    The Provincial Government is ready to put up  80,000, but So.OOO will not be sulticient  to cany out the works needed.    If the  Minister at Ottawa who has charge of  this department will persist in displaying so much pig-headedness in all matters   pertaining   to   this   question   his  Government will get very  little support from   this  town at the next election.      He  seem.s   to   forget that his  little joke (it can  hardly be anything  el.se)  will   entail   great   loss   to  many  hardworking citizens-who deserve bet-  ter treatment.   But if the Government  does   withhold   this   money  until 'the  dispute   is  settled   it will  most likely  ���������find that while it has been waiting for  the  verdict  the  river has carried off  the most valuable portion of' the land  in  dispute and rendered the Government's victory barren and empty.    If  the work is to be done at all it should  be commenced at once.    When snow  flies it will be too late to do anything  till next May or June.  "lished. Its support is too heavy a  " tax on the business men who can be  "relied tin to patronize'it regularly."  That i.s true. But if all the business  men in the town would help ever so  little it" would enable' the paper to  show the outside .world that it was  published in a thriving town by tho  number of -, business advts.' it carried.  Had the men of Nelson not supported  their paper, from the birth of the town  it is extremely unlikely that Nelson  would have made the noise in' the  world that it litis in the few years of  its existence, and unless the men of  Revelstoke do likewise they must not  expect to retain a first-class paper or  be known ;is an enterprising community. The burden that divided'amongst  the many would be light, bears heavily  on the few. But, as we said before,  the benefits of a good paper i.s shared  by till in the town, and it is only fair  that till should contribute���������more or  less.  SHALL   A    WORKING   MINER  ������ TAKE OUT A CERTIFICATE?  The Nelson Tribune says   emphatically no, and   asserts   that   enforcing  him to do so is an injustice.    We had  a talk with a level-headed   prospector  on this subject the other 'day, and he  claimed that it was nothing but justice  for him to contribute his share.    " A  miner's license," he said, "is a species  of revenue collected and generally used  to benefit the miner by   trails, convenient record offices, etc.    This is a very  hard  country to prospect in, and-Government  trails are a  necessity.'   The,  trails   benefit   the   prospector, and a  working miner should have" no objection to contribute five dollars annually  to assist the prospectors who find and  put in position for working the  means  by which the .miners -make a living.  The   Tribune"' he further   remarked,  "means well, no doubt* but!  would  suggest that if any reforms in regard  to certificates are  needed, it is  in the  shape of refusing their further issuance  to   Chinamen.    Thousands   of dollars  are'annually taken out of the country  to China by placer   mining,  and    the  probability of immense herds of Mongolians working our  silver and    other  mines is none too pleasant.   No* make  out a certificate for civilized men only,  and 1   think   the working miner,, will  willingly contribute his annual  mite."  This is a  new  way of viewing   the  matter, and should, wc think,  receive  immediate support.   There is no use in  the Government saving   treat}*   rights  make such a law  unconstitutional, because they   have a   precedent of their  own to go by.     Th*y refute Chinamen  th*   right to   pre-emjit land  nnd*r the  land net, and can also refute them   the  right to   locate mines.    Of 'course, all  existing'right.-* of the Chinese mu^t'be  respected.  We respectfully call the attention of the TrUntn*. nnci other journals   throughout   the   Province,   and  would like to have their views on   tl  matter.   ,  WESTERN NEWSPAPER  ENTERPRISE.  The Nelson Tribune puts its finger  oo the sore spot with which, ail Kootenay, (and ' most provincial) towns are  afflicted in its article, oh'" Enterprises'  Ahead of the Town." Only in the Far  Wyst Ls.it possible7 for ja collection of  log-; huts'-in. a forest clearing to call  Mr. Laurirr and party  will   arrive  here on Tuesday morning's  train, and  it is to bo hoped that   our   people,will  give the gifted   lender of the   Opposition a first-class, rec-pt ion.    He i.s   not  forcing himself on the town.    Fie docs  not. come here tx������ a-k for our   votes   at  the next election ; but in response to a  request from   several  of oiw   <*iti/.<-n������.  It was thought that our people  would  like to  .see   the   lion, gentleman   and  judge for themselves   wh_.it   kind  of a  man he is.    We predict that thoy   will  like him.   Tie is a brilliant orator, with  action graceful, st3'le  unapproachable,  melodious voice and   utterances  clear  and distinct.    He is well   named   "the  silver-tongued orator.'' That there will  be ti big crowd to hear   him   is a  foregone conclusion, and we have no doubt  that many who are of no political color  at present will after Tuesday take their  stand in the ranks of the   Liberal   party.   Mr. Laurier announces himself a  staunch upholder of the   British   Empire, and sa3's annexation i.s not a plank  in the Liberal   platform.    As   that   is  probably the sole reason   why   British  Columbia is nine-tenths Conservative,  many who have   a   grievance   ag.-i.inst  the   present   Government,���������and   there  nre many���������will   welcome   Mr. Laurier  with something more than .curiosity..,  movements to reach my e3'rie before  night fell. -When I came to the place  1 found it was too high and too steep  for me to climb up, although I must  have slid down in the morning. So  there was nothing for it but to go  round l>3r the bottom of the valley and  up the slope by the route I had taken  the nigh't before. - '   ,���������  " I had brought three of the largest  nugge.ts   along,    and   these  weighed  heavy in my  pockets with  the   cartridges, but the thought of 1115' "pile"  was wonderfully encouraging. I reached the spot where the sapling grewand  went down to the ledge as before,  but-  'not to sleep. * I watched the stars shining, and   thought   of   my   new-found  wealth until I became conscious that  thei'e was a great deal of activity  in  the valley below and also in the timber  on the other side.    Sometimes   it waB  the crackling of dry sticks as if trodden on l>3* some hea\'3T bod3', then the  loose stones in the   canyon   clattered,  sometimes near the head, where I liad  been working, sometimes   out  in   the  centre   closer   1)3%    I   was   somewhat  alarmed, but not frightened till I heard  the heavy   breathing of some   animal  near me.   I looked  up, and there was  an enormous head with a great   round  pair of ears restlessly moving' to aiid  fro at the edge of the cliff, 20 feet over  m3T head.   "The beast was  evidently  watching  me ivith considerable curiosity. It was such a terrible head that  my heart'jumped into my mouth, and  T felt pretty small as I saw the great  red tongue lolling out and the white  fangs' glistening in the starlight.   The  head kept moving to and fro for a long  time, the small e3Tes fixed on  me  as I  crouched on my knees on the narrow  ledge,pointing the rifle  right in  the  face of m3r curious visitor.   The monster then began to get angry at his ina-  ability to reach me.    Once or twice he.  attempted to come down tail foremost,  but gave it up after putting   his  huge-  hind foot over the edge. Several times  he caught the top of the little tree and  shook it in   rage, until   I   thought' it  would snap off.   After what seemed to  me nearly a whole night the head "disappeared, and then I began to, fear  lie  might get,down to  the   ledge   further  down the valley. , I watched along the.  ledge until my eyeballs   ached.   Then  1113- ear caught the sound of scuffling'  below, and on looking down I saw'a  huge creature like an elephant, cut off  at the knees.   He was coining up 1   He  ���������made progress,,too.*   I couldn't   clinib  that wall, but *he could.    All^at-o'iicje.^  hi j- trembling ceased. J braced the ripp;  firmly against my. shoulder,, witfo'j-opje,  arm around the   tree, and  pulled   the  trigger when the sights rested   on the  face of the gigantic demon   that'was  slowly and surely coming up the   face  of an   almost   perpendicular  cliff.   It  was   a   huge   grizzly, iind ' I hit'him,!'  With a snarl of rage the monster slid  down quicker than he had   come   up,  and after lashing around on the gravel  for awhile he trotted off down the valley.   ,Then   l' thought  he   was   gone  around to try the top once more.   As  the report of the rifle broke  the stillness of the night air  there  was a tremendous racket all   over   the   valley.  Stones rattled, and I saw several.dark  bodies pass over the white pebbles tit a  rapid gait, 'and then  only the echoes  could be  heard   reverberating   among  the distant mountain passes.o I should  .have fired tit the head as   it appeared  on   the   edge of the   cliff, but   I   was  afraid tho animal might fall over   and  crush me into a shapeless mass.  " I then crawled along the ledge towards the southern end'of the vallev,  thinking I might get .mother shot, at  one of the crowd. I had not gone far  before I noticed a huge black moving  mP-<-s on the ledge about 40 feet ahead.  With a palpitating heart, I brought my  rifle to bear on what I thought was its  lft ] head, and again the report rang out.  There was, a growl which shook the  very rock.s, but the black muss was st ill  there,    f iired again, and this time the  low for the bodies of the slain, but  could onl3r see one big fellow stretched  out. There were two, however, up  near my nest of gold. One of them  was chewing up m3r pick, but he had a  hard job to bite the iron in two. The  other was smelling the spot* where I  had buried, the gold, and " with one  sweep of his huge paw he sent sand  itnd nuggets "flying,yards behind him.  Thank lieaven, the monster was crippled. I saw him dragging his hind leg  as he moved. He was certainly one of  the three. But the other appeared, to  he all right. ��������� He was trying to get ii  breakfast off the handle of the pick.  "Tell about bears! I've seen some  big ones before now. But I never saw  anything in the bear line equal to either  of these.', I've seen elephants smaller"  than they were! As I,said before, they  resembled more than anything else an  elephant cut off at the knees. ' The3r  were the true Itoeky Mountain grizzly.  ", Had there been only the wounded  one up'there, I would have made tin effort to get those nuggets, or some of  them. But here I was, with only five  cartridges and the same r number of  sandwiches, in an unknown country  swarming with grizzlies. My belief regarding the hand of Providence bringing me here had somewhat-cooled oil'  as I thought of the chances of my.get-  ting out alive. '  " Well, if I wanted to see Revelstoke  again, I must lose' no more time. So  watching an opportunity while the  monsters' backs were turned towards  me I climbed the tree and out ��������� on the  bank. Cautiously I crawled down the  slope till I reached the open end of the  valley, every now and then taking a  squint at my enemies at, the head of  the canyon. Once out of their sight, I  ran as fast as it was possible to go along  the boulders. The timber seemed miles  off and I was anxious to get clear of  this open ground, where any n of the  grizzly inhabitants could see me without being seen.  " I had placed the two largest nuggets with two cartridges in one pocket  of my coat and the sandwiches (which  I-dared nob .stop to.eat) with three cartridges and the small nugget in the other. Reaching the timber at last, I  breathed freer, and of course had to  slacken my pace. I had to look at every point of the compass and .also watch  where I placed my feet, as I was very  careful not to make the slightest noise.  All at once I saw some bushes ahead  being violently agitated, aiid stooping  down I saw a large black bear rubbing  himself, against the sticks. Well, I*  thought, here's another breed of bear;  perhaps, there's a colony of t them, too.  S,o,I Iqpked about for a good tree',-to'  mpuntJ.Jt was too risky to' fire at him."  I was too nervous to hit, anything  smaller than a haystack. I saw a tree  I thought would do and crawled������������������towards it. "Luck seemed to be against ine,  for when I had got about half way to  it, crack-went a dry stick under my  foot. Then I ran, placed my,rifle against  the trunk, stepped on the trigger guard  and caught hold of a projecting limb  about eight or1'ten feet-above the  ground.  "The black   fellow   was   there   in a  THE CENTRAL HOTEL  ABRAHAMSON BROS., Proprietors.  First-class  Table.      Good Beds.  Telephone. -.;  1 ������ _-.     '���������    >  FIKE-PBOOP   S-A.IFIE.  a  HOTEL,  REVELSTOKE  STATION,  B.C.  Conveniently situated between Railroad Depot and Steamboat Landing.  Best Table in the Interior.  STRICTLY  PIBE-PEOOP  First-Class.  safe. .' . free   'bus.  Rates, $1.50 and $2.00 per  Day.  H. A.c BROWN,  Prop'r.  c.  Stockholm House:  ^OHN STONE: Pkopiiiktor.  The Dining Room is furnished with the best,the  ��������� ���������" ���������'    ',    Market affords. ' 7 ���������-? V.  X '- O ��������� X        '       "...      '.."-,     . ,       '7'  THE BAR IS SUPPLIED WITH THE OHOlbiST  WINES, LIQUORS AND CIGARS.1  If you want to' reach the. People in the North  ' Riding of West Kootenay   <���������  ADTEBTISE     X1SF       , d  T'h*e-^ Kqotenay +$��������� Mail.  The Mail..is published in, Revelstoke, which is the coming-city  of this rich mining district.   ' .2^.,.,  "���������y  REVELSTOKE  IS SITUATED AT THE HEAD OF NAVIGATION  ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER,   ��������� v        ���������  . ���������'   .-' '     -  . ���������   "' -' "��������� . .AND' ���������     ���������    -     ���������    ; *     ���������'-"-''���������  ."���������"'-' '     '  - ��������� -.  ��������� d . .���������,-���������   v   .       : '&'������������������'���������     ������������������.���������..������������������    .' '.������������������'. *>.:-M  roil  flash. I did not know before,that bears  Mr. prrnshy, of fcbo C. P. It. ring hi-'  eer'K staff, ilc.'i vt*n for .England on ������������������ 'S;it-  urday, and Mr. Ric-hfty-dsoiY, of tbf's-iiTie  (lojwirtinunt, goes first) lo tho coaHt arid  then to his home, iii Toronto, whi'jre be  will spend the winter, d  growl wtu, a roar of pain. I had hit  th'1 brnt-ft again. Oik-*- more I fired,  and I bad th'; ji) wis ure of seeing the  mass t'liiiliW' over*,, striking the loose  Kt-oiw"; lir-lfw w\th u < roineridoiis- f-r.if-h.  lint, good bea vens 1 Tberf was ;nio! tier*, i-if'ht in tii*' wine rfjmt ! Would this  thing continue all flight':*' This* fallow  was a perfect, devil ! Jle .snorted arid  growled and stood up on his hind legs  ���������,<.��������� vera] times���������a perfect giant. Hut  why did he not, come on ? ife /tppf-ar-  ed only nhoiit.fiO fact away in the chin  light, but. between n* lay a d;irk cha-sni  ��������� a rent in the rocks too wide for him  to leap. Yon may believe how grat>-  ful I felt for this, f could kneel there.  and pepper him till ho fell over. I5ut  wa.s there another behind him ���������* 1 gave  him six shots before he thought it time  to go down; and sure enough there  irax another iv-diind hirn. \ had orily  tt'ii cartridges left, aud five of th*-������t; 1  handed over to the brute across the fissure. He did not, reJish Umrn, for at  last he jumped oft to join bis companions below.  " As the dawn crept in, f s.'iw that  the ledge on the; other side w,i.s bandy  two fet!t wide, nnd the, big grizzlies  noiild not turn round. They had (/���������>  'como on or jiimp off. ' Probably there;  was ���������i.stringof their) behind the three  ���������T shiif, and these might havo backed  out again when they hoard the reports  and saw their, relatives tobogganing  down the face of the clilf.   I looked bo-  could move so quickly.   He  stood up  on his hind legs and simply reached forme. ^His terrific claws caught my coat  just above the  right  hand  pocket���������  whero I,had placed the   large "nuggets  and the   cartridges.    Fortunately   the  coat was not a new one.    See' here I  This will show you how  clean   a   bear  can cut  off a   piece of cloth. -He   sat  down and chewed the   savory   morsel,-  .while I went up a notch  higher.   Oh J  I thought, if only the cartridges would  go off! By and by he spat out the nuggets, both of them indented with   the  marks of his   teeth. , As   I , Kit  there  looking   at' the    wretch,   a    horrible  thought struck me.    Black   bears   can  climb !   But on looking at the claws of  ���������the huge   beast   I   was   reassured, for  they were'blunted by digging and were  aliout the'size and sharpness of a hog's  toes.    Then he turnecLhis attention  to  the rifle, smelled at it; knocked it over,  and then  began  biting it.     He   soon  had, the stock   reduced  to  matchwood  and tried to digest the lock and barrel.  After1 he bad had enough fun with  the  rifle he. turned his attention to nie.  He  stood up, and what, a tremendous length  he was 1    It made me take'a .slop  upwards.    Then he scnitched.and bit out  groat  pieces of the bark; but, thanks  be, he couldn't climb 1  " FFe kept mo prisoner- all day, and  when darkness came on I tied myself  to the tree with my blanket, which I  had rolled around my shoulder*. I ate  the .sandwiches and tried to make myself as comfortable sis circumstances  would allow. 1 must have slept some,  for the night appeared very short, and  when daylight began to creep in T was  thinking it must lie getting on for midnight.  " Well, when daylight came the bear*  was not to be seen. The barrel of the  rifle was lying just under the tree, but  f could not see anything of the nuggets. When the, sun was well up I began U> descend -very carefully and  quietly, ffeaehing the ground I crawl-  oil around for several yardj* to Jiriti t,be  nuggets, but f did not succeed, and  time being more precious to me then  than gold, 1 U>ok Tip the rifle barrel and  proceeded westward. Before. I struck  field .Stream I saw'ne.yer-al brown hears  and one a light yellow, but thoy all appeared (.<> be as -much .afi-aid-of me as I  ((knitiluted On'pdye-i.)  Big Bend ,  Illeeille waet v       :,r  \     Fish Cpeek ���������'"���������..     : ;j  Hall's Landing  :  Thomson's Landing  . -Trout Lake City      ���������-.'���������"?  Lardeaii  Evanspopt  ���������������������������'���������''.' Nakusp  lire Valley, etc.  ooooooooooo-o*ooo  '   ' *l  ���������'I  IF YOU  WANT  G IN FIRST-GLASS STYLE  ,       AND  AT   HONEST   PRICES  ,  Try THE "KOOTENAY MAIL."  Revelstoke Lumber Co.  Manufacturers of all kinds of  ROUGH & GLEAR FINISHING LUMBER.  ���������,���������    ��������� ���������������������������������   MOULDINGS OF ALL KTKD&  SHINGLES   AND    LATHS.  Vancouver' has a Miner's Exchange.  Hravo, Vancouver. This is the initial  move that places the Terminal City  conclusively as the mining centre. B.  C. Gazette, Sept. 13th : F. (.'. limes, J.  W. MoK.irliUJd and George DeWolf apply for incorporation as the 13. C. Mining iind Stock Kxcharigc.  A. J. Jose, of .Seattle, export for the  Monte Ohrisfo Mining Co., arrived in  town this week on a tour* of inspection,  lie went down the river* to 'inspect the  Groat Northern-group'arid some other  separate claims which' the company  possesses in the lower* country.'* On. his  return be will go up to the Big Bend  fo view .some propositions which' have  been offered to bis company.  Mr. J. 0. White, superintendent of  construction on the N. & S.'Tty., arrived on the boat Tuesday and took train  for the west the'same evening. He is  unwell and experts to spend "a short  time recruiting on the coast.  The volcanoes Etna, Vesuvius and  ly active atd alarming*eruptions are  Stromboli are becomingly increasing-  feareil at an early date.  About , a /'. dozen Chinamen struck;.  north the first of the week to try their  luck witli rockers on the bars of the  Columbia; John has prettj- much the  same luck in the Bend as lie', has on  the Frusftr. ���������',-"���������   ''.���������������������������'."- d''  .n������jm'aumMM������,s������TOHL!Jllwm THE KOOTENAY MAIL.  PAGE  <������������������&  ���������rPFXillE S  ALSO  FULL  STOCK  OF  llBlf Bill  ware. Stove  OSOOOCOCGOGOOCOOO o o   o o oo c  eware,  TAILORINGAND MESSMAKM BONE IN LATEST STYLES  H.  tay RSI ER.  ������  V  of .theini'and they   hastily   scampered  away.      * t7  ''     " Coining to a creek T found a slight  trail leading up it, and I made -sure  it  wis French Greek.  So I decided to follow the trail, thinking I   would   come  ���������' across some, of the , boys - working   up  there.   -Well, I   went  on   for   several  miles , and  the   trail   grew indistinct,  and finally I lost, it altogether, so there  o was  nothing  for  me to do but retrace  i my steps.    By that time,I   was dead-:  l>������it.   I was getting ravenous and ,had  , to -gick the berries which grew in pro-  '" fusion .along tlie .trail, as ljiad not liad  a morsel since I ate the sandwiches the  night before. -Getting - hack   to ,Gold  Stream I kept by that river till I struck  the real-French Creek., There was-^no  mistaking the trail this time.        ���������    ' ''  .���������v-VTbe.-shades of evening/were coining  on-by'this time, and I thought the best  /.thing to, do would-lie to follow tlie" trail  "tilri struck"6ne oFthe. niines. As night  ,,closed down I saw a light  ahead   and  followed it:   It wjis a   camp   fire,-and  there were two men   lying   beside   it.  At last the horrors of my   prospecting  ��������� trip were over!   These men were pros-  * pectors going to the head of the creek.,  "They   gave   me   a   supper of bear  steak, and as I ate it how I  hoped  it  wjis a portion of the black rascal that  had treed me all night.     1 gave them  an account of my adventures, showed  , them the nugget and  .the rifle   barrel  .-with the bear's teeth marks. ^ At their  request I drew a map of the valley and1  the route theie, .-is well as I was able ;  and they both expressed their determination to search for my eidorado. Tbey  begged me to go along with  them, hut  I firmly refused, lielievin"   that  noth-  '  ing hut a regiment of   sharp-shooters  would be able to deal with the numer-  ������us grizzlies which' infest that region.  It was well on  in   the morning before  we went to sleep. After breakfast they,  accompanied me down to Gold Stream,  and I pointed out the route they would  have to take.   As a last piece of advice  I told them to be sure and sleep on the  ledge.   I bade them   farewell, sorrowfully, as I do not think I shall ever see  them again.   It   was   by   the   merest  stroke of luck that I   came   out alive.  They may not be so fortunate.  " It took me about a week to come  down, but as the prosj>ectors had given  *me a supply of grub 1 had no fear of  'starvation.* There's the nugget which  nearly'cost me my life. I shall keep  that as long as I can afford to, as I am  sure the sight of it will always cure  any hankering I may have to go prospecting again.  V \Vho were the two prospector's ?  Well, a foolish modesty prevented my  asking their names, but one was called  Tom and the other Joe, hut whether  those were their real names I cannot  say. If you are going to publish this,  you can Get'your life it is true."  LOCAL ITEMS.  Extra value in Blankets at Coursier's.  Mrs. Dow, of Nelson, returned to her  home on Tuesday's boat.  'Mrs. Temple  and  daughter   left  on  Thursday for' a visit to Vancouver.  ,   A nice new stock  of Children's   and  Boys' Suits at Coursier's.  - Doering & Marstrand's Iced Lager' on  draught .it the Union Hotel.  The Jipst Ore Shipped over Jhe  Nakusp,& Slocan Railway;  ;,'  ���������> Tlie Legislative Assembly will  meet luine   0f   fche  Grady   ���������ro'up   .^d * wasr  :some time m-November; this year tor , u    .     ,,      , ,    ������.*'t.S.     ,   ������-v t  the transaction of business. brought  up  the lake to this pUalij  tt tvt /, ���������,-���������,.:������.  ������������������,-,.���������   tr,   i,.,���������a  ., the.,steamer  W.   Hunter" "and "scmv.-  BIRTHS.  Giieen.���������Sept. 7th, at Revelstoke, Mr-*. G recti,  " of Salmon Arm, sister-in-law of Mrs. Longhead, of a son.  NoKTHEY.���������Sept 12th, at Ucvelstoke. the wife  of R. W. ICortliey, of a daughter ; stillborn.  Wilson.���������Sept. 10th. at Kevelstoke, the wife of  R. S. Wilson, merchant tailor, of a daughter.  MARRIED.  IdNDMAllK-  -AN-DEliSON'.���������At the Methodist parsonage. Calgary, on Sept. 7th. by How Mr  Buchanan,    Mr.    Charles  F.   iiiuduiiiijc,  of  Kevelstoke, B.C., to Miss Amanda Anderson,  of Pullman. Illinois.  SEALED TENDERS addressed to the undersigned. . and ��������� endorsed "Tender for I'ost  Ollice, Victoria, U.C.," will bo received at this  office until Friday. I'lth October. 1KU, for the  several works recluircd in the erection of a Tost  Office at Victoria, B.C.  Plans and specitlcatipiiH can be seen at the  Department of Public Works, Ottawa, and at  tho office of F. C. Gamble, Esq., Resident Engineer, Victoria, B.C., and tenders will not be  coiiHidered unles* made on the form supplied  and signed with thu actual signatures of tenderer''.  An accepted hank cheque, payable to the order  of the Minister of Public Works, kqu.m. to .">  .   I'KIt CK.VT.OK AMOUNT OK TU.VDliU, llllist, IICCOHI-'  -pivhy each tender. This cheque will be forfeited  ift'tlic party decline Lhe contract, or fail to complete the work contracted lor, and will he returned in case of noii-iii'i eplainv of lender.  The Dcpai Intent does not, bind il self to accept  the lowest or nny tender.  ,   ���������        Jly order, K. K. K. 1,'OY.  Department of Public Works, I .Secretary.  Ottawa, (ith Hup!.. lo!)l.       / '  ,11. N. Ooursier is going to have a  Grand Millinery Opening, announcement of which* will'be made later on.  Mr. W. F. Grage gave a dinnerparty  on Thursday evening to the local" O. P.  -R. engineer's stafff when a mostenjoy-  able evening-wAs'sp-JMit*- "   - ",Jr   , ;���������  ��������� Just received ,Flannelettes, in every  shade a'nd splendid value at Coursier's.  ",<Mr*. C. E. Sniitheringale, of theflNa-  kusp Ledge, spent a couple tof days in  town this week, on his return from a  six weeks' vacation in Ontario.  J. Ross Robertson, grand first principal Z of the graud chapter of Royal  Arch Masons, will shortly,pay an official visit to the chapters in Manitoba  and British Columbia.  Look out for new fall -stock of Millinery, Mantles and Fancy Goods now  on the way from the east for H. N.  Ooursier.  Rev. Dr. Robertson, Superintendent  of Presbyterian Home Missions, will  preach to-morrow evening in the Presbyterian Church! flt 7:30. Week day  services as usual.  The eighteenth annual exhibition of  the B. C. Agricultural Association will  be held in the Victoria Driving Park,  commencing on Monday, October 1st,  and concluding on Saturday,' the 6th.  A dance is announced to take'place  at the opening of Mr. Bruce Craddock's  hotel,* I lot Springs, on Monday evening. A cordial invitation is extended  to all. 'Single fare for the round trip  per, steamer Arrow.  For a large glass of Doering <fc Mar-  strand's Lager call at the Union Hotel.  Miss Chase, who arrived here from  Red Deer last-week, is now prepared  to do Dressmaking by the day oi* piece.  We understand Miss Chase is a first-  class Dressmaker and will guarantee  satisfaction.  John Beggs, of Innisfail, Alberta,  who has been employed on the ('. P. R.  at Roger's Pass, has'beeu sent here to  fake \Vin. .Mackie's place as night,  bridge-watchman, the latter being in-  capneitated by thc accident reported  last week.  Money talks, and now is the time  to get cheap bargains for cash. Snaps  in fast colored Prints, Muslins'and  Dress Goods at Courtier's.  I. S. Freeze, of .Calgary, returned  from his down river trip and went east  to his home on yesterday's train. Mr.  Freeze visited New Denver and Three  Forks and intends returning and starting a mercantile business in the Slocan.  Splendid assortment of Leather Valises at Coursier's.  M. P. Adams, of New Denver, who  has done considerable prospecting in  that neighborhood, besides making  some good locations, passed through  town this week to his old home in Quebec, where he will winter.  Mr. W. Wood, of Hamilton, Out., the  principal owner of the Silver Bow mine  at Illecillewaet, was in town this week  and went down the river tosee the lower country. While there he will visit  the Pilot Bay smelter.  Mr. ,J. D. Graham, who has been act-  ing Government Agent here for some  months past, left on Thursday for Victoria, where he has been called by the  illness of his wife. Mr. Graham expects to be gone about a month. The  office work in the meantime will be  performed by Mr. Wm. Vickers, whom  Mr. Graham installed before he left.  Forty-five Tons from the "Alpha.".'  ,'     (FROM  OUl't CORRESPONDENT.V ' .'  '' Wilson'Creek, Sept. 12th:/'  On Monday and Tuesday, the' first'  live carloads of ore were shipped from  here.    It is" out of the famous Alpha"  was*  ke  the' .steamer" W.   Huiite'r  This shipment was '45  the ihtehtibii   to, ship   tfiat^'tjiiilhtirjy1  every' day  until. about 1',00'G"totis" are-  "tons'ai"idcit is"  -7it -  brought������out.  The ore averages 'ab'diit'-  and 75���������per cent', le'iu!,' is1  125 qz."silver  easy of reduction", and is consigned't"o"'J*e;  the Omaha it' Grant Smelting ^Co. at*  Omaha, Jfeb.' .What's the matter with'  the West Kootenay country that ore  should'be sent so far away to' 'a smeP  ter, while  there is one at'Revelstoke'.  and another iit Pilot Bay ? .       ���������/'"   . '  Last Saturday the first of the " var-.  nished " cars was run over the Nakusp  & Slocan Rv.  It was C.P.H. first class  there are the placer mining prospects  which are no myths  either, as demonstrated by the quantities of the yellow  metal  now  being secured in  the Big  Bend, Lardeau .and . Trail   Creek   districts.   But I have been  talking about  prospects.   Althohgh West Kootenay  is young there is something more than  ���������prospecting , going , on,   even    during  these dark days of silver depression.  Anyone doubtful of this needs but visit  th.e Silver King, near , Nelson," and , see  perhaps the greatest mine in the world;  the-'Alpha, on*--Four-Mile.Creek, .with  ifcs,-, wellj-nianaged, tram  road and-im-  .juiense quantities '.of - rich. ore, 750 tons  ,*6f 'Whicn are ndwawkititfg shipment on  :fehe wharf*two" miles distant-; the Slo-  .cah Star,.tnear New Denver,, the owners  ������, jOf .which;.have more than $60,000 worthy  ,of   tlie'"white ' metal - ready' for    the"  'trrarket once the Nakusp & Slocan road'  f*is c&ihpleted;.the Idaho, with, itsquar-  ���������r-ies'bf rich ore, or others "equally nieri-  HON. WILPBID LAURIER,  coach 141, and brought in Messrs. D.  McGillivray, general manager; Osier,  chief engineer ��������� Mohun, Government  engineer, and a number of other gentlemen, among whom was a Government inspector, who was sent to inspect the first twenty miles out of Nakusp. The party was taken to'the  end of the track, about two -miles  beyond Wilson Creek, and thence up-  to Three Forks on foot. ��������� They returned to Nakusp Sunday morning.  Tracklaying, which was suspended  for some time, has begun again, there  being now plenty of spikes,-fishplates,-  etc. It'is. stated that the .track will  be pushed oh to Three Forks with the  least possible delay, so as to get there  before snow flies and haul out about  1,000 tons of ore stored at that point.  Mr White, superintendent of construction, having gone to the* coast  sick, Mr. McGillivray is heie to superintend the work in person.  Mr. Clements, station bunder for the  C. P. It., brought out a gang of men to  put up the station at this place. It will  lie situated on the east side of the  track a little north of Nault's hotel.  It has started to rain, which makes  things rather disagreeable, but is quite  a relief after the hot weather.  HELP WANTED!  U'ANTKD���������Aci'ivn. 1Iom:.si* Ui:nti.i:man ok  Ladv, Io tnivi-1, n'lin'si'iiUnif cst.Uih-lu-d. iv-  liahlc Injure. Hnl.u-y Si*.'- iiumtlily :um1 tr.iivliiii:  expense-,, ������ itli tin re.i-n if sit it (<1. Kn< li>~o reft r-  eiK'U mill -clf-nil-lic-ecl stumped em dupe.  THK DllMINlON.  SpS 'Ml Oniiiliii Diiil-lint-*, ('Iii-m^o.  AN INTERVIEWER INTERVIEWED..  A Journalist's Opinion of West Koote-  nay's Many Advantages.  S. R. Reid, a young newspaper man  now travelling through British Columbia in thc interest of the Toronto and  Winnipeg Saturday Nigltt, arrived on  the Arrow Sunday evening, after an  extended trip down the Columbia and  through the Slocan district. Seen by  a Mail reporter', Mr. Reid talked freely  of bis down river journey and thu  different camps visited.  "Judging by what you have seen,  ,what is your opinion o'f West Koote-  nay's future?'* queried the Mail man.  "Well, if the consensus of opinion of  mining experts, prospectors grown grey  :1 the intelligent people  at the work, and  of the country hi general is "to '\w  valued. West Kootenay has an enviable future awaiting her. -It lias hern  my good fortune to visit several of the  best iniuing camps in this country, and  in each instance I have found lhe business "men*' to be energetic, prosperous  andjhopeful, and ready to hank their  hist dollar on their particular location.  Now. their willingness to do this cannot be considered as rashness, either,\  for while some locations may for the  time, being be favored ...with better  | transportation facilities than others, I  I do not, believe there is any camp of  | note iu West Kootenay tluit cannot  'j.1uiw,m ithin a few miles radius large  number.-of galena prospects with ore  enough in fiiirht to warrant, a safe invest ment of capital.      Then,   besides,  districts."      r, ....  "What do you.think-about the price  .of silver," and,,by the way,   why is itP  ���������"that eastern Canadians doii't take more  'interest in this the richest province in  the confederation?"       ���������     ,   '  '     ,-'*,  : " As regards silver I will leave that  question for older heads to discuss and  for the gold bugs of .Europe to ' razzoo'  as long as they can, and join  my sentiments with those of the rank and file  in believing that before another* year  has passed we will see the white metal  enjoying   a .standard  value, not   ,too  much out of proportion  to its yellow  I brother.   Now, as to the alleged*negligence of eastern' Canadians m  taking  an   interest   in   British .Columbia,  it  would seem that the libel would apply  quite strictly to  capitalists, foi-1 have  observed  that many of the staunch,  hard-working   business" men  of West  Kootenay are sons of New' Brunswick',  Nova Scotia,   Prince  Edward  Island,  Quebec and Ontario.    True it is, they  came here largely without capital, but  by hard work and perseverance they  have   made   themselves   good homes,  and British Columbia has no more loyal  citizens to-day.    But the capitalist in  the east is not looking for a country to  call his home,  and,  unlike1 the  poor  man  in  search of a home,  doesk not  travel and settle down, to gain that  accurate knowledge which is the great  lever   in 'moving   capital.   He   is dependent largely on others for information, and in eastern Canada especially  he has,been  much hoaxed of  late  by  unreliable information   inveigling him  into   many   wildcat  schemes    in   the  south.   There is no doubt but that today British Columbia (the West Kootenay district in'particular) oilers better  fields for investment than any other  portion of Canada, and capitalists from  tlie   western'  States   (in   many   cases  representing   eastern   and    European  money) are taking advantage of the  situation, which I suppose the' people  of the province are perfectly  willing  they should do, as long as they show  signs of developing, their newly   ac-  (juired .rights.     if the   resources   of  British Columbia could be properly explained to eastern Canadians  in a convincing way, there is no doubt, but that  an influx of capital would follow."  "Laying mineral matters to one side,  what do you think of the Columbia as  a tourist route?"  "It cannot be rivalled, and, like the  WILL  SPEAK   IN  'BOURNE'S   HALL  NEXT TUESDAY EVENING?.     '���������  r . '  .-, ��������� .    4     .**���������.',  The party of ui<*mguitj)ed politieiiuis who aro,  vihitiiiKthe \vcrt will arrive in Kcvelstoko on,  Tuesday morning.   They have been accorded  enthusiastic receptions at- Victoria,' Nanaiiho,  Vancouver and New Westminster. 'To-day they  visit La,dner's, and* on-Sunday moriiiiig .will  commence   their,  return   journey  'eastward,  stopping off at Kamloops,. where Mr. .Laurier  will address a meeting on ' Monday evening.  Revelstoke will not allow itself to 'be outdone  ��������� by any town in the-Province, a'nd' Will surely  give"the-Liberal leader a rounUig >rulcomc! -.The'  C.'P.R. 1ms granted.reduced.iorcs for the Jv;>ui-,  loops meeting^ but whether our.cpm.mittec have,  been successful in obtaining a"Jike privilege"wej  have not! been 'Able -CoslScScrtairi.? liirt Mr. Mara,"  chairman of the C. &. K.'Kav. Co. has authorized'  us to "state' that return tickets will be issued  from all down "river points at single faro.   The  vLyttan is timijd-to ai*rive here Monday evening,  and it is hoped she will bring large contingents  from Nelson, New Denver, Nakusp and other  places.        . ,  On the arrival-of-the Atlantic Express at 9.15  the party will be met by the reception committee  and conveyed,to the Victoria Hotel, which will  bo their headquarters for the day, aiid .where  the best mineral collection that can. he*, got together in the town will be .displayed for their  inspection. After lunch the party will be taken  in hand by the conunitteo and shown such  points of interest as'can bo visited in thc'sliort  time at thoir^ disposal:, From 4.30 till G will be  given to deputations which desire to interview  Mr. Laurier. L      ,  The public meeting will be held in Bourne's  Hall at 7.30 in the evening.' Mr. H. A. Brown  will be the chairman,"and after, his welcome to  the distinguished visitors, addresses will be delivered by Hon. Mr. Lauricrand thc gentlemen  accompanying him. Thc Committee have arranged to reserve tlie front scats for ladies and  their escorts. . '      ' ' ',   '  The party will leave town by the Atlantic  Express Wednesday morning. - Eastward meetings have been arranged as follows: Edmonton, Sept. 20th; Calgary," Sept, 22nd; Leth-  bridgc, Sept. 24th ; Medicine Hat, Sept. 2oth ;  Moose Jaw, Sept. 28th ; Indian Head, Sept. 20th;  Moosomin, Oct. 1st; Prince Albert, Oct. 3rd;  Grenfell, Oct. oth. The residents at various  other points in.thc Territories and Manitoba are  making arrangements to have Mr. Laurier  deliver addresses.  ���������  "  '  AJ'DEPARTMENT. OF .MINES./.  'Sin,���������-Mr. PellfewlTa'rvey-aiid others'want a Bu'reliu'of-"Mint's. V!Wer *'al-  "ready"have at VicfcdH;Va*'sort''ojFdii:X)e-  partiriQiit wi*yh a'Cabiric'6'':Minrstei-" at  its-head.',"' Mj*last'letieV :cU'<:i"'hc������t'-*call  for ab'uVea'u'whicb'-in' itseltMvohld-in-  volve gr������at'0xp'ense, "but-'WJfe-* tfo *'place'  the preterit,*&epllVttperrr; in*tu������ucii "vd a  business way with the'iniiungjcuinps. <  III a"*'year*or sb;rtln'0ugH6ut'.xt'be;t*"ouii- "  -try,''tlie*GoVerpmerif wil^liave' to'*'appoint niinihjr inspectors to see tO'pjbp-'  er safe-guaras for* tli^'liv'es:'bfCfniliers,- '  and,i-nst thfe .-"mine's ;g'efc!, ''d<te]i>er,";-will  througl-i-iiecessiby -Gorhe* in' itoiKsh"*;-" It  'is sa'idlth'fe'e^Venso-of "i8li'iis.-4itig it-Tialf^  vHuiie'iV>{y-u^'-^^^  p's'is too aivafj," and 'tliat',"itj'"would  wealth of galena, were it but properly  advertised'" the country would derive  rich results. The trip clown the Columbia on the steamer Lytton is a delight,  and. nowhere else on the continent  need the tourist look for such a diversity of scenery and such excllent shoot-  iiig-and lisbing as the different points  along tho -way afford. The great  glaciers themselves are a study sufficient to interest one throughout the  entire journey."  '���������'What impression have von  formed  ol Revelstoke*"'  I "A yer-y good one, indeed. With so  many rich districts tributary by pack  trains, railwav and water*, your town  must naturally grow to he a distributing point proportionately as the outlying districts develop. You have tliead-  lvarii;uge of transcontinental 'cominnhii-  cation, si, pretty spot, for a large city  and excellent facilities for* supplying  pure water, *n it would seem to ine  lhat if there is any go-ahead at all iu  thc inferior* of the province I?evelstoke  will be iu the swimd'  ���������     KAMLOOPS PRESBYTERY.  Kamloops Presbytery met at Enderby on  Tuesday last, when there were present, Hev-.  T. J-J*. Langill, Moderator, Vernon ,* J. Knox  Wright, 13.A., B.D., Enderby; Dr. Robertson,  supt. homo missions; A. Lee, Kainloo|is; Uos-*,  Donald; Ulack, N'elson ; Wilson, and u number  of students; C. T. IJaylis, Kcvelstoko ; Messrs.  Thos. Lewis and T. J. firuliain. elder-, Kevelstoke. The Presbytery opened nt 10.30, and the  ���������ippoiiittnonis of missionaries and gi.int.rt tor  s.ime occupied the remainder of the day. A  dinner, provided by the ludie-* ol the church,  was partaken of in tho Town Hull, after which  a public meet ing was hold in the church, when  excellent addresses were given, interspersed  willi vocal nnd insfnunenui] selections.  The home mission committee investigated a  report charging C. T. Maylis*. mif-slmiary at  Kevelstoke, with a breach of trust in tho distribution or a certain charity fund entrusted to  him. The Rev. J. Knox Wright nnd Mr. Lewis  were the witnesses, nml alter hearing the evidence (lie 1-Yusbvtury expressed indignation at  j\lr. Jiaylis' conduct, and quveiuly lepriniaudod  him through tin. Moderator.  TENNIS TOURNAMENT.  A meeting'of the Joint, Committee  representing thc Kxcelsioi* and Itevol-  stoke Lawn Tennis Clubs, have arranged a tournament which will be held on  Monday and Tuesday, Wept! 2-J and 2.5,  open to members, 'of both clubs. Tlie  events, comprise ladies' .singles, men's  singles, ladies'tind gent's double.--', men's  doubles, juvenile doubles.- Entrance  fees���������50c. for the 1st, $1 for the 2nd,  ���������Jrd and Ith, the last free. Entries received by Ii. I-I. Glass or* Mrs. llaig up  to noon", Wednesday, 19th. Monday's  play will he held on the lower town  court, and Tuesday's on thc upper town  court. It was also decided, in order to  facilitate the games, to have, the fir-st  round iii each event played on Sept. 20,  21 and 22. A social evening in Bourne's  Jlall on Tue-sdiiy, Sept. 25, at Suit), wil"  bring the proceedings to a close. The  gentlemen present will be expected to  contribute $1 each. Knitablepiiy.es will  be presented to the winners.  cam j  be-, better' to have 'con-espqiiderits" _ in  the towns "writing to the Department.  This sounds very nice, but  what .this  i ' '       i      f*    *"  country, wants are reliable reports by  men who understand, .'and :'who ""bet-  ter than the assayers'.residing'at' or  near thc camps ? The short seasons are  "the great" drawback, and to overcome  this is what the ."Department is needed '  for. .What.ldhiearY Is, that when the  snow-fall prevents act-ess to the claims,  one can take the report of the, Department of Mines and show itd to ( the  moneyed man and talk" business. - -.' "  ,To start and rua a bureau with/all  its attachments would cost the country  $50,000, while my scheme- would hardly; cost $10,000,' there already' befrig a  Minister and Deputy drawing- good ���������  salaries'over-the present apology "for. a  Department.' This is the view of-the o  matter from a prospector's stand-point.  "' Yours truly, - BLUE .JEANS."-  Revelstoke, Sept. 12th, 1894."'   "  "        ~       WANTED.     ~^.      ~  WANTEP ���������A  CELLAR EXCAVATKP ���������  Apply O. IT. Allen, Kevelstoke Iirowcry.  WANTEP���������TWENTY COUPS PUILPING  STONE.���������Apply 0. If. Allen, Kevelstoke  Brewery.  WANTED���������THIRTY CORPS 2-KT. WOOD.  . ���������Apply 0. If. Allen. Revelstoke Brcwery  TAI3LE      ' ; .':  Showing the Dates a nd Places of .Courts  of Assize, Nini 1'rius, and Oucraiul  * , ** -    * i*  Terminer, and General Gaol J)c{iy.c-  ry for the Year 1 $9/,. ,"..���������;    '  .*!���������  "Nelson...  "Donald...  Clinton....  lijchlield..  Ivainloops;  Vernon  ..  Lvtfon..  New Westminster.  Vancouver*  Victoria ..  Niinaimo..  F.vr.r. Assizes.  .. .Monday.. I Oth September.  . ..Monday.. 17thSeptember  . .Thursday.20fh September,  . .Monday*. .21th September  .. .Monday,-. l.st October ���������  .  Miiiulav. .8th October    .  -.Fridav".-. .12th October    ���������  fitb November'  12lh November  2i!th NoviMftbec1.  .Tuc.m1.u-  ..Monday  .Tuesday  .Tuesday. .27tb .\'ovB"jjber  *Speci.-i.li"Assix.c-.ad.joui*i,<'d Trolii the  Spiing by''.Mr.- .Justice 'H'allce-.i! anil  now fixed for these dates.  DEFORMED  ESTADLIRHtO IB7I  < IIAH. CICTHE. of 134Klne  St. "Wc������t, Toronto, wtlljntki).  his eth annual visit to BrlUsH-  Columbia   JJeflcsanjKnpture,  ha cannot hold vrith ease. Pat-1-  enteo of 27 Patents on appU-  ancos f or cure of Club Pest and  ���������-UlDofornslticB. Recommended  by   PhysicianB  everywhoro.  will TjieitpersonaUy..    ..  VCKN OS. n.<-..Go*������lstT<-uiiHolol,'  , IrTon.. &Tucs.,Oct."29 aadSQ.-i  1 RKVKISTOKK, ������.������;.. Victoria  Uutcl. "Wednesday, Oct- 3l������t-  llMMULUJI'Sin!  SSSfBS ^   r* v i  .(Jill  ���������r."  IvOOXJiiNAi JiAiL.  The Mountain Missionary.,  i ���������* 7i  ,', An Incident of a Selkirk Thunderstorm.  There were :i half dozen of the hill-  climbers just in from  the mountains  the other  night, and .while sitting together   in  a Front  street  hotel they  o4 got  to   discussing  about   prospectors  who had. settled down after quieting  the business and iiiadu good citi/.eus.  '���������Did 1 ever tell you fellow s," .said Ed.  Dunn, "how Deacon McDonald became  , n church member?"  "No.   Spit 'it   out,"'  chorused   the  party.  ','Well, 'twas this way," said he as  he tilted his chair*' back   against the  pool table and lighted hi;-* pipe.    " lie  was a 'peculiar kind of a cuss, was this  Jim  TifeDouald,  very peculiar-.   I met  , him first on the Big Bend trail a few  "miles from town, where  the two of us  with blankets and bacon on our backs  were oil for the- gold fields.   His tongue,  which wagged continuously, soon told  ���������me he had graduated from  the plow-  handles in Ontario, ami "that two years  ,   '   ' with the boys of Kootenay had paitly  edueated' and partly civilized him.    I  am   considerable   of a talker   myself;  boys (and the boys agreed with him),  but 1 came near applying for admission  ���������  to a deaf and dumb asylum  before he  let  up.   Five minutes after'we were  together he opened the ball with a sermon on free trade, drifted  into home  rule for Ireland,  and when I went oil  to sleep in the blankets that night he  was oloquentlygoing it on redesti'ibu-  1    ,    tion arid the parliament buildings. We  y    travelled together for a few days.   He  had kept clear of religion sof far, and I  was beginning to wonder as to whether'  he   was' posted   on   that,   subject  or  '" *     whether il. was a reset ve force he kept  ' ,       in stock in ca������e his tongue run short of  "        exercise.    On a prospecting trip  up a  '     snow cap, I once asked him his opinion  on religious,matters.   By George'!   It  was his hobby.    ' I'm an   Infidel,' said  he, and-then started in.    Well, boys;  from the 1'ool hills to the 2000-foot level  -    he kept at it.   He expectorated whole  "pages of Jngersoll,  damned* ���������Talmage,  a,     ���������*    .hurrahed for AnnieBesant, and hardly  let  up  until wo struck a ledge, outcropped so as to leave a small   place to  ' -stand on each side in the shale..  He  stood on one side of the ledge, I on the  ���������  other; the sun was shining brightly,  the air was fine and dry, and everything looked too happy altogether to  hear such sinister expressions.    'Don't  you think,' said I, 'that, with all their  faults,  the good thaX  churches have  done far outweigh the evil?'   'No sir;  they have kept the world in ignorance,  sir, and if I had my say I'd have every  preacher in the country locked up for  a vag, sir 1'   While he was talking the  air began to got'chilly and gloomy.   I  lookeduip to tho summit, where heavy  black clouds were coming up over the  ' saw-tooth ' peaks.      A   low,   rumbling  ,   sound greeted our ears, the storm was  upon'us.    ' Lie down with your face to  the ground,''! yelled, suiting the action  to the word.  The clouds grew blacker,  "     '     a blinding flash shot through the air, a  crash like the artillery of hades turned  ' loose, and we were in the midst of a  mountain thunderstorm.   I'll never forget the next few minutes.   Tlie clouds  closed down around us so that we could  hardlv breathe ; torrents of cold rain  drenched   us   through   and   through;  lightning played round ns  like sparks  from"an electric wire, followed by peal  after   peal   of terrific; thunder.     The  stench   of  tiic sulphur or  something  else was siuTocating.   We lay with our  faces to the ground, helpless and terrified.   After "what   seemed   an   age   I  looked up.   The stoim was travelling  <   towards the  next peak, and the sun  was   shining    as    brightly    as   ever.  Chilled to the bone, I staggered to my  feet and turned to look for my pardner.  , lie had a white, scared look, and was  shaking like a���������leaf. 'That's almost,  hell," 1 remark. lie turned to me with  a far-awav look in his eyes. 'Pardner,'  * he said, 'if hell is anything Jjke that,  I'm going to join the church 1'"  Lord Swansea Coming.  Lord Swansea, a prominent mining  man in South Wales, being connected  with the great smelting firm of Viv.ian  & Son-, arrived in M'lntreal last Saturday, lie is on his way to the Sudbury  mines, where he has large in tenets.  He had a'long interview with Sir Wm.  Van Ili-rno. Lord fiw.iii.--c.-i will visit  Manitoba, the Noi-lhwi-st ami Brili-h  Columbia. It v.-.iuld .*.* well >'l' his lordship collid be -hownc<..imo of our best  mines. In fact, tin-\<*iy best w.iyin  which to bring cur s-ilver pi-operlie-* to  the notice ot Km/ii-h capitalist'* i- to  get Lord Swan-en interested in them.  Could we noi. have a commit tec-of local  mining men to take this matter up?  Jf wc want, English c.ipiinl inve������t"d  hei". now is ihe time lo dn .-.omclliing  lo that end. We'll never get a better  opportunity., If hK Irndsiiip could be  taken into lhe Mack Prin.-e or Silver  Cup it might lead ' to these proper) ies,  being worked by Knglish capitalists,  as thc ore is exceedingly rich.  ������ n^i  ���������B  -SUCCESSOR  TO  fkJ> JL h*F pJ'v'^ve.  i������a  Death of tho Comte de Paris.  Louis Philippe Albert, Com to de  Par-is, head of the Orleans branch of  French Royalist-> and pretender to the.  throne of France, died last Saturday  morn ing at Sfowo House, England.  He was born in LSW, and leaves six  children, one of whom is Queen of  Portugal. The Comte de Pari.-, served  under General McClHlaii in the army  of the Pol<.>iline in 1WI-2-'-!; visil/'d  Canada, in 1&00 and met with an enthusiastic refvption at the hands of the  French-Canadian5- of .Montreal.  THE WESTERN MILLING COY. (LTD.)  DEALER IN  FLOUR     . - ROLLED OATS  SHORTS'   '    ' CORN MEAL  BRAN  -* BACON , ri'  '  OATS ' ' ���������   BUTTER  FEED WHEAT EGGS  '   HAV,'      - ��������� POTATOES     ,  FRUITS, and VEGETABLES of all kinds.  GROCERIES o^ll, KINDS,  ' TOUB CUSTOM SOLICITED., ':  Agent for���������"Walsa-ouB Engine ComxiaBy. (    - Sr>cl*"**3it Y'agoit Company  I  -KELIKIEIIR,   <������c  Sjl "F1T1T1  Gents'  POST-OFFIOE STORE.  ���������       ""     ���������  UFnisjungs,  /  ationery,  i ���������   ���������  Patent Medicines  TOILET ARTICLES of every deseription. ���������';  , Specialty '.   :-SHIRTS and  A* ^  tf^fek       W  EALERS IN GENERAL MERCHANDISE,  BT"&H   P������  rO'OOOOO'OO.OOOOOOOOOOO ,0   00000   0   0 "O'O   OOOOO'-OOO  We have' a coim>lete stock of ��������� PAINTS, ��������� ready  se  -Zalnut;- Oak,'Cherry; and - Mahogany  Stains. Fireproof, Paint .for "Roofs, &c. , Carriage,  Furniture and Elastic Oak yarnish*   Copal, Japan  'ex^3,'-6se.;dsc  BBANCH STORES: THOMSON'S LAMNG & TEOUTLAES CITY  ���������iBrwi1-'* T^-y-'*���������:*"^-"1'*^^"'""*'^^  A. H. HOLDSCH,  OF SWANSEA AMD WIGAN.  Analytical Chemist and Assayer,  " Accurate assays made of all kinds'of minerals, water,' milk, etc.  :o:���������:o:-  ���������WINDOW��������� &LASS'ANT' SIZE UP TO 36x48.  JOWETT STEEL, BAR AND FLAT I RON -ALL SIZES;  - " ,, ���������"> .  STORES'AT   MEW ;DEN.VER, AND   MAKITSP.  V  .ft     H,  WHOLESALE DEALER IN  A !M' -  WINES. L10U0RS  AND  CIGARS;  S,E"VEXiSTOSZE  THOSE WHO U.SED  TANGLEFOOT FLY'PAPER'  For the'Fly Pest i-*'>t y-'-.r wii] L<; ^]ad to icrir.n tli<������.t. ii. ci.,: h  Procured aLCriin ihis Season at   ,  TLJp       QSTX/p!   QTfj!/u:       D U A b f,Ji % p V  Tin: sj*:/-.so?; von  JL.2L &.\-������At ������Ji s-J        JL<* \J  -^Z   A        kU< a������! .ii-.** *^j>  *..5-W";**  ..���������V--V.-- <-  fs .-.'^.'iii ."it, liiiinl.    2.") (���������('-. pi.iii'��������� ." !'i*W''!.s  new stock of rpr.F'Sr<z.-i, soaps', TOovf/ khij i-liiii v.~>;>j:>:\z:;i. ::.t;;.  ��������� MUST m ahead'!  O  ^acK^*&vzinxmnM9ixi*rmf*������.*MMii,u\M\AM\.%M**vm\x  AK  j  mission Agent.  FIRe7LIFE AND ACCIDENT If.iURAi'CL.  Representative of tlie Kootenay Smelting c Tr.Mxz Zy-:  A GENT FO li T Ti 0 UT LA KT*' C7 TY, KVA >'?* POI: T   :���������:.'. ���������"..���������  BSGAUSE it is the metropolis of a district whose  "���������ixdnes,  besides being1 'fabulously rich in Silver,  carry a  larger percentage  of GOLD than sjiy  ..������-,,rv mM,r in       Dn,n c.rr, , '        silver-lead mines on the American continent.  NOTARY   PUBLIC   -   -   RPV FLS TC;K .���������  id*,,  Mining and Real Estate Broker and General Coin-! BECAUSE nearly all the mines* are witJlin a 12-mile  j radius of the townsite, and the, routes to them all  j    converge in Trout Lake City. ������������������ ���������  ;'BEO ATTSE during last printer several of the Lardeau  ! ��������� rniii.es were being steadily developed in spite of  |    the slump in silver, and large quantities of GOLD  4?  HULL  u  were taken out of Lardeau Greek within the limits  BUTCHERS,  WHOLESALE  AND  RETAIL  OT  "h 7 * ������*  4~.Ci~t*TY* <^i ���������{" *P-  Price of Lots- - Corners, $150;   Insides. $100.  URVEYORS 0  Al'PI.Y 'i������'��������� H. ASHBY & Co., Kaslo, or  -:o:   REVELSTOKE, B.C.  tii^^mmimm^mximwmmMSS^sms^m^im^&^^^M


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