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 \J/\j^\j-<j^<^^^U^t>  Volume VI. : No. -10.  ,-NEW DENVER, B. C, DECEMBER 8, 1898.  Price, $2 00 Year  DENVER 0FTO=DAY ^  to  extend   westward   and   reach  Slocan  lake.    Within four or  five  miles of New  Editor Ledge���  Sir,���Most   newspaper   men    receive  letters of enquiry from  home seekers at 1 Denve-Y  are the ^ Ala mo    Idaho,   Queen  a distance, asking  for  information as  to  the suitability of their town for residence  and the  advantages,  social,  educational  and industrial, they  may  expect to find.  In a new country  like  the  Slocan, these'  enquiries must, from  the  very  nature of  ��      things, be more   numerous than in older  localities, aud  doubtless The LEDGE receives its full  share on its  awn account;  and perhaps a   fair proportion   of such  letters addressed  to citizens are  turned  over to the editor  to deal with.    In case  these surmises as to the extra duties which  citizens and  would-be citizens call upon  The LEDGE to perform  may be  correct,  perhaps it would not be considered out of  place on  my part'should  I  yield to the  impulse to iudulge in my old vocation of  pencil pushing; and, as one from the east,  come to seek a location  in the west, give  my impressions  of New  Denver  and its  surroundings.    After stating present conditions and   prospects, .which appear to  be among the  reasonable  possibilities of  the future, I may  venture   into  the field  of prophecy.and sum up the likely results  upon the future of the town.  Greater   than  New  Denver,   ancl   the  foundation  of its being,   is the   Slocan.  Before the riches of Rossland arrested the  attention of capital and the adventurers of  two continents, and caused a stampede to  the , Trail   Creek   mining   district,    the  phenomenal richness ofthe silver bearing  galena of the Slocan  district  was known  and  appreciated  by  capital.     The  first  discoveries in- the Slocan -Were made' near  Sandon, some nine miles  from the town-  site of New Denver.    Such  wealth)* producers as the Payne,   Slocan   Star, Ruth,  Reco, Last Chance,   Noble   Five, created  the wonderful, the  swift,   the   wideopen,  typical mining town of Sandon.    Sandon  is seen at its best on some fete day, when  the mines pour  their busy  workers into  town,   with    their    earnings    in    their  pockets, happy  in  the  release from the  bunkhouse,   tunnel    and   shaft.'     Their  main purpose is to see Jumbo, and all the  attractions of any side shows that, may" be  provided for their entertainment.    They  have money  to spend and a willingness  to spend it.    It is upon  such an occasion  that a sense of the wealth these men produce  is   impressed   upon   an   observer's  mind by the  free-handed  distribution of  money.    The wares that are offered suggest that wealth  in   plenty is at hand for  their purchase.    The sporting element is  so 'much in evidence  that the ready conclusion is reached, that money and plenty  of it is ready to flow for the gratification j  of the restless spirit of chance.  Sandon has a variety  of distinctions,  which no other town   that  has yet conic  under   my  observation  possesses.    It is  built in a gulch,  through   which a rapid  flowing mountain stream   takes its course  to  Slocan   lake.     The   mountains tower  skyward on either side,   leaving so little  space not occupied by  the stream, that it  was found necessary in order to get buildings on either side  of the   one  street, to  limit that thoroughfare to a width barely  sufficient to allow vehicles to pass.    One-  man   power   is   exercised   here,    under  strikingly peculiar   circumstances.    The  town  is   built   on   a. mineral   claim.    A  miner, under his  license,   has no surface  rights other than what may be necessary  for driving tunnels, sinking shafts, dumping rock displaced by this  necessary development work.    I am  not  aware  that  anyone owns land in that part ofthe town  of Sandon, which is  built upon the mineral claim.    I believe,   however, that the  owner  of the   mineral claim  receives a  fairly  good  revenue from  ground rents.  The  ground  about Sandon   is  valuable.  Under the town  may be mineral veins,  capable  of producing enormous wealth.  Ou account of the  wash   from the mountainsides, open cuts  or tunnels would be  necessary to see whether these   veins existed under the town  or not.    Such prospecting would  cost money.    Then there;  is au element of uncertainty about mining  in  any   event.    Ground rent is   reasonably sure so long as  the  mines hold out,  for heavy pay lists are a guarantee of free  and continuous circulation of wealth produced.    If,   on   the   other  hand,  ground  rent should cease iu any one locality built  upon, it is not at  all   improbable  that   it  would pay   the   holder  of the  claim  to  drive a tunnel upon   that particular piece  of ground.    I believe, as a general thing,  the ground rent is paid.    Sandon   has an  admirable fire department, but on account  of the narrowness of the gulch in which  it is built   and   the   compactness of the  town, fire   insurance   companies   must be  looking for a conflagration, and therefore  refuse to do business iu the town.    These  are considerations which suggest the possibility that Sandon   will have  attained  her full growth when the point  is reached, when supply meets the demand created by the mines.     If these  conclusions  are correct,   they should be  taken  into  consideration, as    having   an   important  bearing upon the future of New Denver.  The mineral belt,   which  was first discovered at Sandon, has since been found  ' Bess and Cumberland, which have a con  | centrator for the treatmant of their ores,  and are energetically worked^ . Nearer to  towni, and' accessible' by wagon road' or  trail, are such rich properties as the  Mountain Chief, California, and, the  phenomenally rich Bosun, which latter is  within half an hour's walk of the town ;  and, unless all present indications fail,  will in the near future rival the most  famous producers of this wonderfully rich  district. Added to these properties, which  are of proven value, are numerous other  holdings adjacent to New Denver, which  are being prospected this season with encouraging indications of being developed  into producers.  The   rugged    mountains   which   rise  abruptly  from the water's edge  around  Slocan  lake and the  mountain streams  give but little encouragement for agriculture,   still   there    are   occasionally   flat  benches where ..there  is soil   for cultivation.    The   distance  produce   has  to be  carried and the  cost of transportation   is  such, that' there will ahvays  be  a good  demand, at good  prices,   for all that  be produced in the scattered ariable land  of the district.    This is essentially a mining ccmntry,   Mining-is the first and most  important industry", and experienced miners find isteady employment.    The labor  market   is  .apparently : at .that  happy  medium where supply and demand are of  equal   poise.     Skilled artizans   have   as  good a chance   at as good   wages as are  offered anywhere.    In a country such as  this, in process of development, new opportunities  are  continually opening up.  New mineral deposits are being discovered,, which afford .employment for experienced     miners.      New     buildings     are  needed,.and thus the mill(keeps'grinding..  Opportunities   that   do' hot exist  to-day  may be created  to-morrow ; and, on  the  other hand, it must not  be forgotten that  opportunities of to-dayare gone' to-morrow,  for there is failure here as everywhere.     '  As already intimated,   New    Denver is  situated on the shore of Slocan lake, and  it has been stated that .the mountains rise  abruptly   from   the lake  and  mountain  streams.    The only exceptions are where  mountain streams have  sufficient erosive  power to fill  the lake where  they.."empty  with the earth aud stones constantly falling into them! by the wearing away "ofthe  mountains.   Carpenter creek, named after  the prospector who first discovered galena  ���at Sandon, has cut a gorge  hundreds of  feet deep and carried so much material to  the lake that  it has practically  made  ai  flat point, some hundreds  of acres in extent, which  projects out  into  the  lake,  thus    forming   a   townsite    capable   of  accommodating several thousand population; a townsite  which  is  not surpassed  and seldom equalled iu this mountainous  country.    The altitude  is  such  that  the  climate  is  unsurpassed for healthfulness.  Upon enquiry, I can learn ofthe death of  but one resident in the  town  during the  current year.    The  water  supply,   while  at  present  not convenient,   is  from the  lake, pure and wholesome, delivered in a  barrel at your door from a portable water  tank; but it is  understood  that a movement is on foot  to  secure  the   necessary  legislation to permit the  construction of  an   efficient system of water works,   the  supply for which will be taken from such  of tlie numerous mountain  springs  near  the town as   may   be   most convenient.  The   tastefully    constructed     dwellings  which are increasing in   number, are  in  marked contrast to the  log shacks which  are   scattered   here and   there  over  the  townsite, reminders of pioneer days.   The  modern dwellings give an air of permanency  to  the town.    Most dwellings are  illuminated by  electric  light,   but as the  town is not incorporated and without an  organized municipal government, there is  no   municipal   machinery to   provide a  revenue for public -street illumination.   A  few street lights are, however, maintained  by private persons.  The only hospital  in all  the Slocan is  located   here  under the  management  of  Dr. Brouse, who is assisted  by  au efficient corps of trained  nurses.    All  mine  owners deduct  a dollar a month from the  pay roll of their  men,   which secures for  them board aud medical attendance at the  hospital in case  of sickness or accident.  The   same   privilege   is   open   to .every  resident of the  district on similar terms.  Non-ticket holders pay $$o per week.    A  death there is very rare, the best possible  testimony to the efficiency ofthe institution.    The Bank of Montreal has a branch  here.    The Dominion express company is  represented, as well as the telephone and  telegraph.     A  common  school,    with  a  properly certificated teacher, prepares the  young lor an intelligent discharge ofthe  duties   oi"  citizenship.     The  Methodist,  Presbyterian and Anglican churches warn  all and sundry of kingdom come and the  awful fate of the unrepentant.    The Record office  for  Slocan  district,   where  a  record of all legal documents is preserved, is located  here.    The gold  commissioner and stipendiaryimagistrate is also a  resident of the town.    A place  for public  entertainment,   adequate   to  present  requirements,     is     ueariug     completion.  Steamboat   aud   railway under   C. P. R.  management afford communication to all  points. And, if The Ledge will not  blush at the Compliment, it is only fair to  state that the public is served by a progressive newspaper, which, from the  neatness of its make-up and typographical  appearance and faithfulness in recording  the social and industrial life ofthe town,  make it a creditable traveling representative of New Denver.  People in the east have peculiar notions  respecting personal safety in the west.  For instance, a well-informed newspaper  friend advised me to always carry a revolver of sufficiently large calibre to stop  a man before he could get to me. Personal property is as safe here as anywhere  iu ,the Dominion. Personal liberty is  respected and a breach of the peace is  rare.  The business interests are well represented in New Denver. All the comforts  of life are to be had here. Anyone thinking of embarking iu any commercial pursuit must be prepared to take the same  chances for success or failure that would  confront them anywhere.  These, I think, are the salient points to  be considered by anyone seeking a location. My opinion based upon what I  have had the opportunity to observe, is  that the best days for New Denver are in  the future. Her residential conveniences  are not equalled, in my opinion, by any  town in the Slocan district. Real estate  has a permanent value, with great possibilities for a stiff increase. Capital looking for investment could have no better  can j basis of operation. These points cannot  but impress a'visitor and will tend to the  permanent growth ofthe town, until she  shall attain, the importance which the  conditions of her surroundings indicate to  be her destiny ! .        ��� '  ; '   :    '      Chas. F. Nicholson,    j  CALlFOIi.MA    HOND   TAKEN'    UP.  On Thursday J. Marino received a  cheque for $13,000 being the balance due  on his three-eighths, interest in the California. Pat Burns,. the big Kootenay  batcher,   was* the purchaser,   he having  '"bonded the interest last spring for $15,000.  At that time $2,000 was paid, and the other  payment was promptly met when it  became;due. During the summer A.J.  Marks, of Nelson, one of the owners, had  a force of men working the claim, and  two car loads of ore. was gotten out and  shipped. The California is the most  prominent of the properties on the west  slope of Silver mountain,though there are  a number of others, that will push it hard,  as. considerable work is being done on the  hill this winter. The lifting of the bond  speaks well for the property and the. district, and those who now possess the California will work it extensively. With  half a dozen claims getting but ore, a  wagon road up Silver mountain is a dire  necessity, not only to the welfare of New  Denver, but in the interests ofthe mitie-  owners as well.  KODND   THE   HUB.  Neleon curlers are re-organizing.  The Kaslo Sun,is to be revived.  Measles of a  mild type are prevalent  in Nelson.  .1 ���  Shop-lifters are somewhat numerous  in Rossland.  Midway anticipates a building- boom  in the spring-.  A system of waterworks is to be put  in Cascade City.  Work is to commence at once on the  Ymi'r waterworks.  Cranbrook is   to   have a system of  waterworks installed.  Niagara is to have a telephone system  and" electric lig-ht plant.  Local capitalists have, secured control  of the Trout Lake sawmill.  A branch of the Bank of Halifax has  been opened at Grand F��rks.  Interested parties are moving* to have  Cranbrook made a port of entry.  Revelstoke Scots held their first annual banquet on St. Andrew's night.  Rossland Scotchmen held a most successful banquet on. St. Andrew's night.  An effort is being made to form a  hockey league throughout West Kootenay.  R. Green, M.P.P., has been elected  vice-presidentof the Pioneers of Kootenay.. '"'.,'",- ..  The rumor is revived thatthe Crow's  Nest road will be extended; to Nelson  via Ymir.  Extensive improvements' are '. to. be  made at the Halcyon Hot Springs early  next summer. V,  SLOGAN GAWP NEWS  SLOCAN  MINERAL  FLOAT.  A force of .10 men  Great Western.  is employed at the  The Millie Mack on Cariboo creek is  to be incorporated.  But few idle miners are to be found  throughout the Slocan.  The ore chute in the No. 3 tunnel of  the Payne is widening.  Four hundred and eighty-five tons of  ore was shipped from Sandon last week.  . The Idaho mines exported 347 tons of  ore last week, being billed from Three  Forks.  The Convention continues to improve  with development, and will make a  shipper.  The ledge on the Ma Mere is widening  as the shaft goes down. The quartz is  becoming heavily mineralized.  LOCAL    CHIT-CHAT.  Max Heckmannhas just returned from  the Boundary.  Gorman  West is  Tom Reid in Ymir.  in Greenwood  and  Martin  Murchison   is  handling  wet  in Silver-  LEDGK    CUOPPUVfiS.  The Porto Rico minn, Ymir, has commenced operations.  Work is to be.resumed on  the Pay  Ore, Rossland, under contract.  The Coinage,  in  has closed down for  the Lardeau camp,  the wintei.  Work on an extensive scale has been  resumed on tho Jo Jo, Rossland.  There is scarcely an idle man in the  Camp McKinney district this season.  Ore is showing in both the upper and  lower tunnels of the Ethel, Trout Lake  district ���'.....  During October outside capital to the  amount of 8100,000 was invested in East  Kootenay.  The Belcher Mining Co. has shut  down the Elmore, on Christina lake, for  the winter.  It has been definitely settled that the  trend of the Deer Park'vein, Rossland,  is.from north to south. j  The B. A. C. deny the story that  they will remove the Le Roi smelter  from Northport to Sayward.  The hoisting plant on the Tamarac,  Ymir, has been installed ��.nd everything now is in good running order.  A trial shipment of Seven tons of ore  is being- made by the St. Elmo, in the  Lardeau camp, and owned by Hugh  McPherson. It assavs 210 oz.silver and  and S6 gold.  'Fhe. new hoisting machinery on the  North Star, East Kootenay, will soon be  in operation. The double compartment  shaft is down 100 feet and will be con-  continued to the 300 foot level.  Free; gold is being en countered in  bunches in the shaft on the Waterloo,  Cam]) McKinney. The shaft is fiO feet  deep aiid in a vein of sulphurets, seven  feet wide. . Assays as high as ���5SY1-20  have been obtained.  The Leviathan Gold Mining Co.,  operating a group of 11 claims three  miles from Kootenay lake and opposite  Kaslo, are, meeting with success, and  are about to place a larg-e portion of  their stock in England. Their ledge is  50 feet wide.  Finlay Sinclair, Rossland, has been  appointed sub-collector of customs at'  Cascade City,  J. Boyard, of Nakusp, "has been given'  three months in ' the' Nelson gaol for  stealing fruit.  , Cascade City business men have organized an association to look after the  heeds of the place.  F. J. Farley has sold out his interests  in Nelson after six years' residence, and  cleaned up $21,000."  J. S. C*. Fraser, manager of the Bank  of Montreal, Rossland, has been chosen  president of the board of trade.  W. E. McCandlish, a workman on the  Nelson opera-house, had a rib fractured  on Thursday by a falling plank.  Branches of the Bank of Toronto and  the Bank of British Columbia have been  opened for business in Rossland.  , Rossland's aldermen have voted down  a motion to give themselves a salary,  preferring to work gratuitously.  J. Doon and T. Florence, two of the  thieves operating* in Cascade City, have  been given six months' imprisonment.  The Trail smelter is now run by  power furnished by the West Kootenay  Power & Light Oo from Bonningtoh  Falls..  Rose Hall and Nellie Forbes, two of  Gulden's demi-monde,attempted suicide  last week. They were run out of the  place.  The services of John Dawson, sub-  collector at Nakusp, have been dispensed with arid H. McCutcheon, Rossland,  appointed in his place.  F. L. Gwillim, of the firm of White,  Gwillim & Scott, of Revelstoke and  Dawson City, has been appointed public  administrator and official guardian for  the Yukon territory.  The 1 Miners' Association of -North-  East Kootenay, at a recent meeting at  Golden, has sent a list of necessary  public works for that section to the  Provincial Government.  YV. S. Newman, roadmaster of the  Selkirk division of the C.P.R., was presented with a valuable gold watch at  Donald, Friday, by the employees, on  the occasion of his removal to Revelstoke.  T. Woods, a workman at the Porto  Reco mine, met with a had accident  Wednesday. He was running a machine drill, which .suddenly tipped and  crushed his ribs into his lungs. Dr.  Kellar attended him.  Anew copper wire is being strung  over the Crow's Nest Pass Railway,  similar to the one between Montreal  and Vancouver. "It is intended also to  string one into the Boundary district,  along the Robsou-Pentictou extension.  - A. J. Marks is suing J. Marino for $100  expense incurred in crown granting the  California. The latter protests the payment.  . It is reported the California is to be  turned over to a powerful syndicate,  headed by Van Home, Mackenzie and  Mann.  ��� ��� The Millie Mack Group, on Cariboo  creek, is rawhiding ore to Burton City,  groceries for Grant Tliorburn  ton.  Sandy Cameron and Tom Roadley, of  Kaslo, are looking for business in Greenwood. .  The postomceat Rosebery-was closed  on December 1, no business being the  the reason.  Wednesday evening a social dance  was held in the K. of P. hall and was an  enjoyable affair.  Sandon is seeking to purchase the .  paraphernalia of the defunct New Denver Athletic club.  preparatory  smelter.  to shipping to. the   Trail  Shannon, .McPherson and Goettsche  are in about 50 feet on their claims on  Silver mountain. The ore chute continues in place.   ;.  The Idaho mines shipped 400 tons of  ore during November from the Concentrator Siding, making, a total of 1,730  tons since July 1.  Two assays from the big showing in  the floor of the Miller Creek mine have  given 78 per cent, lead, 128 oz. silver  and 78 per cent. lead,.101 oz. silver.  At the bottom of the shaft on the Dardanelles, which is down about 500 feet,  there is 18 inches of ore. There are  several car loads of ore on the dump.  Fifteen men are employed.  On the Anglo-Saxon group bunches of  ore is beginning to appear in the tunnel, which was in 35 feet on Saturday.  The ledge has improved greatly, and is  now a full''three feetin width.  On Thursday Hon. F. YV. Peters,  Q.C, on behalf of the-Molly Gibson  Mining* Co., made the final payment of  ��40,000 on the Molly Gibson group. A  total of 8110,000 was paid in all.  Thirty men are working at the An-  toine. Five car loads of ore are sacked  ready for shipment. The owners expect  to sh'ip.,500 tons this' winter from MeGuigan, yielding dividends of ��25,000.  Neil Gething as president and Jim  Gilhooley as secretary of the Silver Key  Mining Co., have turned over the Silver  Key claim to Mrs. H. Gintzbnrger, of  Vancouver. This is a promising property on the north fork of Carpenter and  was among the first Slocan propositions  to be stocked.  DENVER'S    BIG    MINE.  INCREASING    THE    TOIICE.  Fine selection of toys, fancy goods and  Xmas presents at Bourne Bros.  During the week the Marion, on Silver  mountain, has increased its force to 11  men, and work will now be pushed  ahead rapidly. The breast of the main  drift continues in good ore, and a shipment will soon be made. In the No. 2  the ledge has not ye* been cut, and the  rock continues very hard. J. Marino  has agreed to place a certain amount of  California money in the exchequerof the  Marion, and so develop the property.  The pack train goes up the hill every  day.  At the Bosun this week things are  looking unusually bright and encouraging. The face of the No. 1 tunnel has  two feet of solid shipping galena, which  continues of high grade. The raise from  No. 2 tunnel has been driven through to  the ore house at the mouth of the No. 1,  and the ore continued right up to the  wash. This opening will enable the  product of No. 1 to be more advantageously handled. A second raise is to be  started farther in. Considerable dead  work is being done, but Mr. Sandiford  hopes to keep up the regular monthly  shipments. Forty tons will he shipped  this week and more next. The Syndicate have acquired an additional fractional claim, close up to the Fidelity.  KOCGHT TNTO THE  CONDOR GKOUP,  The Northwest Mining Syndicate,  whose headquarters are in New Denver,  on Thursday last, secured a quarter in-j  terest in the Condor group, on Four I  Mile creek, from O. S. Rashdall, A. E. i  Fauquier ancl E. Stewart, in return for a.j  certain amount of work and $750 cash, i  Three tunnels have been driven in on J  property, one being in upwards of 1001  feet and the other two 40 feet each. In  no place iias the ledge been cut, but th'*  surface showings are such as to warrant  the belief that a line chute of ore exists.  The Syndicate holds an option on an  additional half interest and Manager  Sandiford is but waiting instructions  from England to take up the option.  The Condor is one of the most promising  properties on the creek.  The annual Christmas tree services  will be held in the Methodist'church  Friday evening Dec. 23.  Rev. R. MacDougall, late from Scotland, preached in the Presbyterian  church on Tuesday evening.  Church of England services on Sunday  next, Dec llth, in Mission Room, at 11  a.m. and 7:30 p.m. , All seats free. Come.  John A. Turner, of Nelson, has. been  appointed gold commissioner and Government agent,vice O.'G. Dennis retired.  Miss H. Yates,'daughter of JRev. C. F..  Yates, left for Spokane on Saturday to  obtaiu medical advice for an. injured  ��PtiC*      '��� ���*������ ������;���..   r      ,:   ���,  The Mahan assaying plant, a remnant  of pioneer days' in "this*'section;   was '  shipped from here on  Monday to the >  Jackson mine. .  Duncan Graham,.,of Slocan City, who  is again in the hospital here' suffering  from a relapse of typhoid fever, will be  out in a few days. ;  Several new patients have been admitted to the Slocan Hospital during  the week and five discharged, leaving  three cots occupied.  P. Dumoulin, accountant of the Bank .  of Montreal,  is once more at his desk,  having returned from   a month's jaunt  among friends in the east.  Al Wylds and his partner on Monday  captured 12 large fish between here and  Six Mile Point, one of which was a trout  weighing 25> pounds. This beats the  record.  Prof. J. J. Liddy, the well-known  weather prophet, spent five days in the  local hospital, having had " his leg  severely bruised by a fall of rock at the  Payne.  J. D. McDonald, employed at. the  Victoria Hotel, Silverton, was admitted  to the hospital on Saturday, having* had  his left knee cap accidently dislocated  in jumping.  The first venison of the season was  brought into town on Friday, by A.  Stewart. His party secured' 17 deer  along the Slocan river, five of which  were sold here at good figure,**.  Mr. and Mrs. C. "W. Aylwin returned  from their honeymoon on Tuesday evening. They were accompanied by George  Aylwin, who has been visiting* in Quebec, and their father, Dr. Aylwin.  Si White, who fought with Percy  Wilkinson at Sandon on Labor day,  was defeated hist week, in Vancouver,  in a 10-round go for points with Billy  Hawkins. Si went in for bruising  rather than points.  ���J. Marino had a number of his friends  up to his residence, on Thursday night, ,  to participate in a bounteous spread in  honor of the California bond being  taken up. Nothina* commoner than  Mumm's extra dry was in evidence.  .1. C. Harris, of the Bosun ranch, departed for England on Friday, where  lie will spend the winter. Whiie away  he will endeavor to interest-capital in  the scheme of supplying New Denver  with an adequate system of waterworks.  Deputy Sheriff Robinson, of Nelson,  who is known from one end of the district to the other, has been promoted to  be sheriff of the combined  Slocan districts. Formerly  graves, of Donald, held  over all Kootenay.  Nelson and  Sheriff Red-  jurisdiction  Narrowly    Kscajmd    Dentil.  A resident of Three Forks states he  Hill fix up the wagon road from New  Denver for less than 3500, which sum  the people of this town must put up.  Paddy Stratford, well-known in this  vicinity, had a narrow escape from a  violent dealli at the Enterprise ioine,  Ten Mile, on Tuesday. He was working  on a raise, when a missed hole he was  drilling on exploded and blew him and  the scaffold to the floor. Paddy's misfortune was due to the man on the first  shift, who did not report the missed  hole, and the former was not aware of  his danger. His right hand was slightly  cut, but his left hand was considerably  bruised up and gashed. He considers  himself the luckiest man in the country.  He is now under treatment at the Slocan  Hospital.  Mmmmmmfflmmm@^mmM^mmg^8m^mm��msm^  mmmmmmmmmmm  wmmmmmmm THE LEDGE, NEW DKNVER, B.C., DECEMBER 8, 1898.  Sixth Year.  The Ledge,  Published every Thursday.  R. T. LOWERY, Editor aiid Financier.  SUBSCRIPTION RATES:  Three months ....$..75"  Six '��� 1.25  Twelve  " .......2.00  Three years  .........:..... ;. 5.00  Transient Advertising:, 25 tenta per line first in  sertion, 10 cents per line subsequent insertions  nonpareil measurement.  TO CONTRIBUTORS:  Correspondence Irom every part of the Kootenay  District and communications upon live topics  always acceptable. Write on both sides of the  paper if you wish. Always send something good  no matter how crude. Get your copy in while it  is hot. and we will do the rest  A pencil cross in this square  indicates that your stibscrip*-  tion is due, and that the editor  wishes once again to look at  your collateral.  PHURSDAY, DECEMBER 8. 1898.  1       MINT BECOMES NECKSSARX.  That a mint is necessary to Canada  becomes more apparent every day.  The situation has advanced to a critical stage and legislation must be  enacted by the* Federal Governbie-ht  to relieve the Dominion from what  many authorities designate as impending disaster. President Wilkie,  of the Banker's Association, knew  whereof he spake when addressing:  the bankers recently at Toronto, and  the Official statistics at band from Ottawa confirm and bear but strongly  the absolute heed of a mint. Of thirteen of the leading banking institutions now doing business in Canada,  only one, the Bank of Montreal, has  any leeway for the expansion of its  note issue. All the others have about  reached their limit. In a short time  they will be reduced to the position of  using the notes of the strongest to  carry on their business.'. Of course'  they can get out of the difficulty by  increasing the amount of their paid-  up capital, bat few of them will likely do this, as the entailing responsibility will be too great.  Just here is where the mint question  comes to the front, and in such a pronounced manner as, to impress itself  upon the mind of the most careless.  Cairiada cannot go much further with  paper currency, as she has no gold  coin an'd mighty little.silver to make  good the security. Year by year is  there an increasing stream of American money being poured into the Dominion to meet the existing deficiency,  evolving the anomaly of a hbte issue  being supported by and made good  by foreign coin. In like manner does  the mineral production, particularly  from British Columbia, find its wiay  from its natural refining centres to  another country, thereby enriching it  at the expense of our own. Canada  cannot afford this as a nation and the  people cannot individually, therefore  the Government should rise to the  occasion and supply the country with  its own money, making a profit for  themselves an'd giving- the people a  true status among the nations of the  earth.  Provincial legislators aire not certain  of tKeirntvri legislation, and their is  no lack of proof that more than one  amendment has been riegakived *>Y  the courts. It is only rigiit and  proper that the mimriglaws should be  ameiiable to modern adyancem'eht i*n  thought and practice; but let the al-*  terations be made in a manner to  thoroughly safeguard the past, facilitate the present and encourage the  ftitdre. .!-.,-.���.  One move ought to bfe m&de by the"  "Legislature which would remedy tlie  greyest evil now lurking in the present mineral act, and that is, the  deiiriqueiit shareholder ih a claim.  For a company or a registered partnership th^re are ways and means  available for the purpose, but the  prospector has no avenue at his command whereby he can be recompensed for delinquent assessment work;  An amendment fully meeting the  case, enacted in a simple, expeditious  and inexpensive law, would be truly  acceptable and appreciated. It is  working increasing hardships from  year to year oh the prospector to  have to carry partners who are not  willing to perform their share of  assessment or put up their quota of  expense. Many a deal has failed in  its cohsummation because of this fact,  and numerous properties are held  to-day wherein one or more partners  are carrying their fellows. Something should be done to meet the case  and the more simple and thorough it  is the better for the country and the  hard-working prospector.  SCRAPS FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK.  Senator McLagan, at a recent  meeting of the "Vancouver Liberals,  has had the temerity to oppose Hon.  Joe Martin. The venerable Senator  will find in the dark days to come  that it was a foolhkrdy experiment,  as the man from Manitoba usually  gets what he aims for. The Tatter's  star is just how decidedly in the  ascendant.       ______  Silver is not just as pleasing at  present as it might be, and the outlook in the States is hazy. The  goldbugs hold the reins of power at  Washington for the next six years, and  they are determined to down the  white metal. The deveiopmehte in the  Orient, however, are giving the black  clouds of disappointment a silver lining of hope.  Five bye-efectiohs for the House of  ��� i' -   >'"' _''  ���"*���������  !  Commons will be held on the 14th  ihsk., in. the constituencies Of West  Lambton, North Simcoe, Montmaghy,  Bagot and Prince. That in West  Huron will come off later. The opportunity is how afforded for a test of  the popularity of the Laurier Government. Prohibition arid redistribution  will be two of the main features of  the campaign.  An improvement has been effected  in the postoffice department of British  Columbia, in that a second inspector  has been appointed, to have exclusive  control of the mainland offices. West  Kootenay's kicks, like the festive  drops ot water on ye ancient millstone, have had the desired effect,  and ih future the people may expect  to get soniething in return for their  money. Victoria and "Vancouver are  to be the head offices of the two postal  districts, with Mr. Fletcher in charge  of the former and his former assistant,  Mr. Dorman, that of the latter.  MINERAL,    ACT   AMENDMENTS.  The fiat  has gone forth from the  Minister of Mines that amendments to  the mineral act   are   in order, and  such will be put into force at the approaching meeting of the Legislature.  To assist in the schefcrie of revision, the  gold commissioners and mining re  corders have been invited to send in  suggestions as to beneficial amendments.    This step from  many standpoints    is    commendable,    as   such  officials should be in a position to best  explain the needs ofthe country, ahd  what is necessary to lessen  the friction that has been so wearing upon  the true development of the most important industry of the Province.    At  the same time this constant tinker'.ng  with the act is to be condemned most  strongly, as it gives the investor, particularly from  abroad, a feeling of  uncertainty    and    causes    needless  alarm.  Nothing tends to help a country  more, than wise and liberal laws  which are maintained steadfast and  secure in their administration. This  applies to British Columbia, and its  mining laws should not be held so  lightly and of so little count. The  impression has been created that the  The members of the present Legislature are taking advantage of every  opportunity to convince the electorate  of their honesty. T\Vo weeks ago  Mr. Neill, member for Alb'erni, resigned because of an illegal act innocently committed, and now Mr.  Robertson,' the representative of  Cowichan, has done likewise for a  similar fault. These vacancies should  enable the Conservatives and Liberals  to test their respective strengths, and  give the party machine a chance to  do its work.  cents *, Austria her florin, vsrorth about 44  cents, .etc./ etc. .Most of these countries shkve foreign coin a little bfelpw  its Yriietallic value. So we began by  taking the Aiherickn. dollar on-ly at par  wtji'ourowh, tiibidgh1 it,bbhtained ii#  per cent more ytjiue. , Buit We .never contemplated; thereby, adopting their standard in the place ,.of pjir oWn, and ..titis  exacting i^. per bent, niore frbiii all  Cahidian debtors than they honestly  owed.      .   , . ,.__: -: ...   ,.-:y  , lfp\fr,.[I, spppbse . pur coinage .friends  Wbtild like, to fix this large dollar on  tis, constitutionally, by making a ten-  dbllar gold piece, trie size ofthe American ten^dbUai- gbld eagle. They tell us,  forsooth; ...tnat bur. own coin is a,fraud  mbugh sJainped with tlie Quefen's head*.  tHatit js a ..jpiire. token of,. trie American  eagle tjiat flies as higli as the bear speculators and ciirrettcy ,corner^i-s. fcMbose to  make it^a itokfeh. of an .elastic .metre;  en.ds of which aire iii the. Hands of creditors aiid, gold monopolists. We insist,  tHatifgoia coin is issued in. Canada its  dollars shall be multiples iii intrinsic  value of our own existing coin. Our  silver is good enough to be the specie  basis at par value in our banks, where in  their monthly reports it is not distinguished From gold. And the banks aire  coll acting interest on, 260 millions of  dollars on . the strength .of. a ip-million  dollar regulator composed of such coin in  indifferent proportions of Canadian silver  and foreign gold. If we can bank on a  specie basis of token dollars and get interest iii gold value on $26 of paper,  including book credit dollars, for every  token dollar in silver we had better stick  to our old constitutional dollar.  There is scarcely a mine in Canada  that would pay to work for gold alone,  except the, Klondike; aud foreigners  chiefly work the Klondike, and would  soon have the coin melted over if we  were at the expense of coining it for  them. They would sooner sell it in  bulk for paper than to have it coined  here. .If we increase the demand for  gold by crowding it on to our own people for currency, we only help to increase its price in foreign countries, and  thereby the cost of a dollar to us in the  farming and other products upon which  we depend to pay off our Canadian debts,  which amount to nearly .one thousand  millions of dollars. It is not in our  interest to increase the burden of our  debts by helping the Jews to corner gold.  J. A. Livingstone.  Toronto, Ont., Nov. 28, 1898.  PREPARING   FOR   THE    BOOM.  Pete Angrignon, owner of the New  Denver electric light works, is maturing  schemes for the improvement of his outfit  and getting things in shape for the boom  he predicts for New Denver in the near  future. His improvements are estimated  at $9,000 cash, and .they may run aboye  it. He has had the surveys all completed  for the new electric station on Union bay,  close to the Silverton road. An examiria->  tion was made of Box canyon, but the fall  was to.slight to j.Ustify. the. heavy outlay  required. A flume, built, however, so as  to tap the creek above Union street, will  give a drop bf 90 feet; quite sufficient for  all purposes. The water wheel to be put  ih will cost close to $1,000, and two more  dynamos will be. added, one of 1,20016-  candle, light capacity, for New Denver,  and the other of 600 to meet the needs of  Silverton,-which town is to be wired early  in the spring. .Mr. Angrignon will commence his improvements in March, just  so soon as the frost leaves the ground.  Everything is to be done in first-class  style; and the station.will be a commodious place. Due provision has been made  for arc lamps for street lights, while the  requirements of the neighboring mines  has been fully looked after, and power  will be added to drive compressor plants  when needed.  . ���*-- ->��--�����*����������������� ���^���������^���^ ��^��^-^  Established  181V.  Dital (all paid up) $12*000,efooJOO  Reserved hind ��� - :" 6,000,000.00  Undivided profits :   ���     981,328.04  HEAD   OFFICE,   "ttOI.T"aEAL.  Rt. Hon. Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal,. GiG.M;Gr. President.  Hon. G. A. Drummond, Vice(PreSideht,  ' E. S, Clouston, General Manager,  Branches ia ail parts of Canada, Newfoundland, Great Britain, and  the United States.        ,  riVer bfianfeh.:  El'pift, Mariager  NEIGHBOR   JONES'   IDEA.  An' so she slept, while the. neighbors cam*  To the darkened house that day,;  With weepin' heart* they.breathed her name  In the kindest sort o' way;  Ah' never a one but through her tears  Spoke some sweet, loyin' word  She had carefully bottled up for years ���  But tbe corpse���it never heard.  An' they brought,her flowers rich an' rare,  Jestfull of sweet perfume.  And wreaths of imscs everywhere  Made glad the darkened room.  I thought of her iiie in sorrer hid  An' tlie world of joy ef she  Could a:awned them wreaths on her coffin lid'.  But tlie corpse���it couldn't see.  An'here's a tip fer neighbors, dear,  Who would praise me gone, no doubt:  Efyou have joys to see and hear  .why don't you trot 'em out ?  All thesepost-mortem carryin's on  Are proper-likr an' nice,  But with the one that's dead an' gone  They don't cut any ice.  Nixon Waterman.  C. S. RASHDALL.  Notary Public.  A. E. FAUQUIER.  NEW   DENVER   PUBLIC   SCHOOL.  Following is the report of the New  Denver public school for November, the  standing of pupils in the various classeB  being in the order given :  IV. Class.���Om'a Young, Edith Yates,  Y>&\sy Crowley.  III. Class.���Wni. Vallance, Champion  Nesbitt, Charlie Milhvard.  II. Class.���Tracy Aylwin, Clarence  Vallance, Harold Baker.  11. Part Glass.���Otto Etabrooks, Grace  Baker.      V  I. Class Primer.���Maud Nesbitt, Elizabeth Taylor, Marion Mclnnis.  /The average daily attendance was  30 .'809.  C. E. Strickland.  RASHDALL & FAUQUIER  MINES & REAL ESTATE.  ?    t NEW DENVER, B.C.  MINING INTERESTS BOUGHT,   SOLD  AND BONDED.   INVITED   Abstracts of Title to mineral claims.  CORRESPONDENCE  OTEL SANDON,  7r\    7ft    vft    vK    ^    vft  Sandon, B.C.  TPHIS NEW HOUSE, with the old name, is  well equipped to aceommodate a large  number of Quests. The building is plastered  and the rooms are unsurpassed for comfort in  tlie Sloean, while in the Dining Room can be  lound the best food in the market.  . .'. ... ���    ... ,,,.    Robert Cunning, Proprietor.  'Honor to Whom Honor is Due.  BUJXiJINO   OUTIOOK.  DOES   CANADA   WANT   OOT.D    COIN?  The building outlook for next season in  New Denver is most encouraging, fully  as many structures being in contemplation as were erected in 1897. YOne ofthe  chief ornaments will be the probable two-  story brick addition to Bourne Bros,,  store, facing on Bellevue ave. It will be  to the level of the street, so that an entrance may be had either from Front  street or Bellevue ave. The Anglican  denomination will build a neat church in  the summer, while one or two stores and  a number of private residences will also  go up. Mayor Atherton, of Sandon, with  three or four other Sandonites, also purpose building here in the spring, so that  the outlook is most encouraging, a  verdict upon which the mill men agree.  F. Pyman has again commenced to do  business in New Denver. Bring your  watches to him when they are out of  order.  In its last issue tlie Revelstoke Mail  lemarks : Now that there is a possibility of the Canadian mint being* established numbers of claimants for the  ���honor of-.having* first advocated it in  public appear oh the scene: As far as  can be learned at present the honor belongs to Lieut.-Governor, then Senator,  Mclnnes, who in 1890 introduced in the  senate the following* resolution : "Re-  sotved,aS:the opinion ot this house, that  it isbothdesirableandexpedient thatthe  Government should immediately pass a  cbiriag-e actand establish a mint " He  brought it lip again on two subsequent  occasions, and his speech in 1897 is the  best,extant upon, tHe subject Of local  papers most credit for early and continuous advocacy of tlie idea should be  given to the New Denver Ledge."���  Thanks.  Clifton HoiiSe,  Sandon.  Has ample accommodations for a large number of people. , The rooms aire large  and airy, and the Dining Room is provided with everything  in the market  Sample Rooms for Commercial Travelers.  s  We do what we advertise to do.  Editor Ledge :  Sir,���-Shall we have gold coin for  Canada? What do we want it for? In  foreign trade we can only get for it the  value of the metal in it. We would lose  the entire cost of coinage. For domestic  uses we do not need it. The people prefer paper for large amounts both here and  in the States, where the government has  over 240 millions of gold lying idle in its  vaults, besides 75 millions on deposit  with banks. Yet they issue 200 millions of interest-bearing bonds to get  paper���much    of    it    expressly    silver  paper���to gratify their payees; the  money-lenders objecting to increased currency issues.  Silver coinage, too, for small sums  and cnahge is preferable. It affords  some revenue to the Government, at  least for the 7^ per cent, alloy in it.  But if you alloy the gold foreign countries will deduct for the alloy and the j sent, on in "advance  trouble  of extracting it and allow noth- I    If yon ,isten to hiin  ^l^Mfe^  Will find the  Arlington Hotel  a pleasant place to stop at when in  SlwC&n City.  GETHING & HENDERSON, Proprietors.  F. LoCASTO,  mm  W.'S. Drewry  Kaslo, B.C.  H. T, Twigg  New Denver, B.C.  DREWRY & TWIGG  Dominion ahd Provincial Land Surveyors.  Civil and Mining Enprineers.  Bedford, McNeil Code.  ��3TRashda|l & Fauquier. Aureiits.  Provides Ladies or  Gentlemen with  Cutter  Hot  or Cold  B3.tllS Everything Pirst-Class  Imported and Domestic Cigars, Etc.  Newmarket Block,  New Denver.  D  R. A.S. MARS    ...A\j.  Dentist*  Kaslo, B C  If vou don't think so, just  call at NELSON'S Druu  and Book Store andsee all  j the Xmas presents he has  ing for the expense of coinage. Currency is not made for foreign circulation, but for domestic uses. It belongs  to a country as much as its railroads  aud canals, as a necessary facility of  trade. We might as well encourage  tlie tearing up of our railway tracks  for exportation as our currency. For  this reason shrewd law-givers, like the  great Licurgus, who advocated iron for  currency, have always chosen to have a  currency differing from that of other  countries.    The United   States  adopted a  he  will tell you that NELSON  has the BEST assortment,  of Xmas   Goods of  all    kinds    in   the  Siocan: ami he will  j tell    vou   moi cover  ' that tlie   Prices are  away  d^ coming  NELSON'S assortment includes DOLLS,  TOPS HORSES GAMES BLOCKS  MECHANICAL TOYS        TIN TOVS  and 'ALL KINDS O* COOKEN"  dollar differing  from  that of any other j perfumes BRUSHES BOOKS  country���412^ grains of silver, of which';       DRESSING CASES        TOILET SETS  10 per cent, was alloy as  royalty, leaving J SLETGHS      ETC      ETC      ETC  ��71 "4* grains of pure silver.    Canada stood j In endless variety.  on her dignity and made her coin stand- j    ard 360 grains, of which 7%. per cent, was j r    p    NPISON  alloy, leaving 333  grains of pure silver, j *      ' '  France   has  her franc,  worth about 20 ! Druggist & Stationer.    New Denver,  cents;   Germany   her   mark,   worth    24      ��*rMnll orders promptly attended to.  He is ton busily engaged preparing  lor the little ones���besides, there are  some things he does not deal in���  eouldn't pack 'em around���mountains  100 high���trails too narrow���too easily  damaged. We are helping the old  ii.an out.'ind to lighten his load of  care, dolls and candy, we have crot in  a handsome line of Upholstered ahd  Cobbler-scar Rockers. Divans. Centre  .���md Corner Pieces, Hall Stands,  Dining Chairs and Tallies, Reclining  Chairs, and various articles of comfort, beauty and ease. These are  furnishings useful and ornamental,  but don't wait for the good old man  with silvery locks and mellow smile  to bring whai you want. Make your  selection and we will see that delivery is made at. your request. We,  will be prepared to show you the best  in a few days.  WALKER & BAKER.  Xi-w    Furniture Dealers a 11 rt Repuirei'8  Denver's     Undertakers and Emlmlmers.  N. B.���We have the only practicaUndertaker ;  and Embnlmer doing business in the Slocan.  _NEW DENVER  Dealer in HAY, GRAIN,  ICE, WOOD, Etc  Livery and Feed Stables, General  Draying-. Teams meet all boats and  Trains.  Graduate of American Collegeof Dental Surgery  Chicago ���   GWILLIM & JOHNSON.  (McGillY  Mining Engineers  & Analy-Chemists.  Slocan City. -----        B O  WANTED.  Industrious man of character to travel andiap-  point agents.   Salary and expenses paid.  BRADLEY-G'YRRETSON COMPANY,Limited  Toronto.  J. M. M. BENEDUM,  Silverton.  "fJOWARD WEST,  Assoc. R S M, London, Eng  MINING ENGINEER,  ANALYTICAL CHEMIST,  & ASSAYER.  Properties   examined    and   reported 011  fur   m  tending purchasers.  Assay office and Chemical  Laboratory. Bellevue ave. New Denver. B C.  ]"�� L. -GRIMMETT, L.L.B.  BARRISTER,  Solicitor, Notary Public, Etc.  Sandon, B. C.  T"**    G. FAUQUIER,  NOTARY PUBLIC.  Nakusp. B.C.  THE MINERS EXCHANGE.  Three Forks, E. C. Weaver  Tliis!, IClfill k CO.,  Insurance  r,uJ General Oommissson  Agents.  XKW  ��KXTE"K.   B.  ���'  ���Fifty-t^  Weeks with  f~T    _g A   fascinating, study of the  Hf   V(Thill international Sunday School  H^J \Jf%JL Lessons for l&'iH, now ready.  No Christian, especiallv a  Clergyman or Teacher .should  be without it. Beautifully  bound in cloth of two colors,  with stiff boards. Pricconb/  'lo cents. Strongly recommended by leading Clergymen, un sale by all booksellers,or sent postpaid on the  price by,  BRADLEY-GARRETSON CO., Limited,  Publishers,  Toronto Canada.  J. H. MILLWARD,   ism���  ainter  and^ign  Writer  NEW DENVER.  HARRI  NEW  DENVER  General Drayman, Ice,  Hay and Grain for Sale.  Filled.  9  Ice Houses  LJvery  and   Bait Stables. SjXTHiYEAR;  THE LBDGrE; NEW DENVER, B:C., DECEMBER 8. 18SB..  THE   BOYLKSS 'TOWN.  A cross old woman long ago   -  Declared that she hated noise;  '.'The to.wn would be,so pleasant, you know,  ��� If there were no boys."  She scolded and fretted abqiitit���till  Her*eyes grew heavy-.as.leaa;  Andi ttienwa sodden tlie town grew still,  For all the boys Bad fled.  And all through tbe long and dusty street  There wasn't a boy in view; ^  The basebalJUot; where theyiuied to meet,  ' Was a Bight to make dneiblue.  The pris�� was growiriij bii every base  Andthe paths that the runners made,  For there wasn't a. soul in all the place  Who knew how theigame was played.  The dogs were sleeping the live lontf day;  Why should they bark or leap ?  There wasn't,a whistle.or call to play,  And so they could only sleep.  Thoiibhy neighed from his lonely stall,  Ahd longe for saddle arid rein ;  And even the birds oh the garden wall  Chirped only *, dull refrain.  The cherries rotted and went to waste:  There was no one to climb the trees;  And nobody had a single taste,  Save only the birds and bees.  There wasn't a messenger boy���not one,  To spewl as such messen jere can ;  If people wanted their errands done  They sent for a messenger man.  There was little, I w��en, of frolic and noise;  There was less of cheer and mirth';  The sad old town, since It lacked Its boys,  Was the dreariest place on earth.  The old woman began to weep, .  Then awoke with a sudden scream.;  "Dear me!" she cried, ''I have Jbeen asleep;  And oh! what a dreadful dream !"  BLACK   GROUSE    UROPP.  A Property That   is Brliigiiig tho North  Fork to the Front.  Many years riave passed since min&ral  was first discovered oh thfe north fork of  Carpenter, yet it has ever been in the  background. Now, however, the creek  Beems destined to come into public notice  and take its rank among the other shipping sections of the Slocan. This will  be due to the operations on the Black  Grouse group by   Major Furlong, now  residing in New rjenyer., The. gallant  Major is working on private means only,  but he is as fortunate as are all Irishmen. He has influential'connections in  Great Britain and it is his intention to  organize a powerful syndicate of capitalists to operate in this vicinity. His  success on the Black Grouse has been  pronounced, and though it was a first  venture it. bids fair to turn out a big paying proposition.    .  The; Black Grouse group consists of  four claims, and iB located one and one-  half miles from Three Forks. It was  discovered by James Ryan in 1896, and  later on Sloan Bros., of Three Forks,  obtained an interest in the property.  They did but little work, and that on the  surface. Last fall Major Furlong, having come to this, section to look for  advantageous investments, was induced  to inspect the Jirojierty; and he was so  well pleased with the. ,croppings that he  obtained a bond oh the. group. at once,  much against the advice of more cautious friends. His judgment, however,  has been,-prjoveH sound, and the-reaults  of ...d'eveibpi&ent are showing the Black  Grouse, td be one of the biggest propositions in the camp. Five men have been  kept employed, under the charge of Pat  Moouey. They have run one crpasciltj  of 35 feet, and have commenced a second  one of 125 feet, besides which a shaft has  been sunk 40 feet.  The ledge has been proven 10 feet in  width and, has been traced for 1,000 feet.  It is a contact   vein,   between walls of  porphyry, slate and   lime.   Tho   ledge  matter is heavily mine*alized, acro$s the.  full width of the vein, but four feet of it  is of shipping 'quality, g.ivihg ah average  of 140 oz. silver    This   can be sorted^  down to a higher grade of two feet of  ore, and preparations are being made,to  ship a test carload to  the Trail smelter,  where   advantageous   rates   have   been  obtained.  -The pre belongs  to ,the;dry  class and carries gold, silver and a little  copper;  assays from  which havey been  given as high  as $6   gold and 350 oz.  silver.      As   development   proceeds, a  concentrator will have to be erected to  reduce the ore,  as  there  is now a hug-e  reserve in sight.   The group is only 1,500  feet from the main  trail, up the creek,  and there is   a good cabin and other  buildings on the ground.  Pat Mooney came down Sunday afternoon and brought with him some fine  samples of the ore, which carries a great  deal of grey copper. Major Furlong is  highly pleased with his investment and  already has received an offer for the  property from England. This, however,  he has declined as it was not high  enough. His bond on the group holds  good to March 25, and before that time  he will have taken put enough ore to  more than pay for the property. His  work is being watched by tlie whole  creek, and his assured success will mean  the speedy development of this most  promising section.  INCKKASIN'G-    BANK    BUSINESS.  October  Issues of Canadian   iiiihks   the  Greatest   on   Record.  Banking' returns for several months  past have reflected great activity in  the commerce of Canada. The note  circulation of Canadian banks usually  expands to a greater extent during* the  months of Aug*ust, September and October than at any other period of the  year. This is the time when crops are  moving*, and althoug-h the price of  wheat this season lias been much less  than in the autumn of last year, the  note circulation at the end of last  month was more than a million dollars  in excess of October, 1897. A circulation of $42,543,000, which was achieved  on the last day of October, exceeded  that of any previous month in Canada's  historv. The greatest circulation of  the month was 842,873,000, as ag-ainst  $42,401,000 one day in October of last  year, which was the hig-hest previous  circulation of bank notes.  This is a very encourag-ing- state of  thing-s. For the past three months circulation increased Sf',000,000. as ag-ainst  an increase of 88,790,000 the corresponding* three months of 1S97, an increase of  86,380 000 in 1896, an increase of ��4,933,-  000 in 1895, and an increase of 54,715,000  in 1894.  The note circulation of Canadian  banks is restricted bv law to the  amount of paid up capital. From the  following- list of banks doing: business  in the   Dominion   it   will be seen that  many of bur banks ..reached, about the  limit bf their circulation in tlctober :  Note  Issue.  **1,475,500  1,721,400  1,845,200  981*400  694,0150  1,436.000  liMS'fiOO  991,500  1,940,100  < 3.62'-'.400  6,315.200  1.484,500  1,757.100  Capita.!.  Dominion $ 1',500,000  Toronto    2,000,000  Imperial.    2,000,000  Ontario    1,000,000  graders.:.:;...;.      7O0,O"Od  Ottawav.:.    l.fiOQ'OOd  Hkaliltpn.; :..;..   1,352,400  Standard    1,000,000  Molsons    2,000,000  Commerce    6,opo.0t)0  Montreal,  12,000,000  Nbva Scotia    1^500,000  Union    1,941,000  Discounts represent, in a great measure the volume df business transacted.  As with note circulation, the discounts  to; the public in Canada at the end of  October this year were the largest in  the- history of the banks., .They are  over $10,500,000 greater. than ih "October; 1896; the.previbus high figure, and  as deposits are so much greater now  than two years _ago, the situation is  normal and much more healthy now  than then.  The deposits of Canadian banks have  grown enormously of late years, and  nnw they exceed discounts by $14,42<V  000. Five years ago public deposits  were $28,772,000 less than, the discounts  at that J time In five years the'deposits have increased over $73,000,000  or a yearlv average increase of $14,-  000,000.  The following shows the deposits of  the banks at the end of October for five  years:  1898.,  8239,357,000  1897  215,36(T,O00  1896  192,838.00-.!  18S5  186,605-000  1894  179,835,000  1898 ,          .'.. 166,082.000  United Mineral Claim.  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of "vV est  Kootenay District. Where located: Adr  jaeent to the Echo and Sunlight" Mineral  claims at the head of Jackson Basin.  TAKE NOTICE that I, George Alexander, free  miner's certificate No. 74,ooo, as agent for the  Echo Minim? and Milling- Co:, Ltd., free miner's  certificate No. 11,904A, intend sixty days from  the date hereof to apply to the -. Mining Recorder  for a certificate of improvements for the purpose  df obtaining a Crown grant of the above claim.  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be cdmmeneed before the issuance  df such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 28th day of October, 1898. .  riv3 GEOR&E ALEXANDER, Agent.  The  Shunia, Kugliford, General Sheridan,  and Snowstorm Fraction  Mineral Claims.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS  Continental  Mineral Claim.  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay District.      Where  located: at  the head of Twin Lakes Basin, adjoining the  Idaho, Morning, Ivy Leaf and Mazeppa min-  -..   oral claims.  "f-AKE NOTICE that I, William S. Drewry.aet-  1 ^ing as agent for the Scottish Colonial Gold  Fields, limited, free miner's certificate No. 33325A,  and George W. Hughes, free miner's certificate  No. 64975, intend, sixty days from the date  hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for a  Certificate of Improvements, for the purpose of  obtaining a Crown Grant of the above claim.  And further take notioe that action, under  section 37, must be commenced before the  issuance of suoh certificate of Improvements.  Dated this 17fch day of November, 1898.   ���  W. S. DREWRY.  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay District. ��� Where located: Part  of the R. E. Lee group, near Sandon.  TAKE NOTICE that f, George Alexander, free  miners' certificate No. 74,003, intend/sixty  days -from, the.tfate hereof to \ apply to the  Miijing Recorder for. a ^certificate of improvements for the purpose of obtaining a Crown  grant of the> above claims.   ������';  And. fur#iertake notice that action Under sec;  tion 87 must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 80th day of September, 1888  nvi7 G.ALEXANDER.  Nancy Hanks No. 2  Mineral Claim.  AND SOO LINE.  For those who want the  Situate in the Slocan City Mining Division of  West Kootenay District. Where located: On  north slope of Springer Creek, about 2J miles  from Slocan Lake. ������ ��� *  TAKE NOTICE that I, Alfred Driscoll, acting  , as agent for H. E. Graves, F. M. C. No. 5464A,  Kate Scott. F.M.C. No. 41367, W. B.,Dennison, F.  M. C. No. 610a, and Frederick Rowbbttom. F. M.  C. No. 62SJA, intend; sixty days from the date  hereof, to fltjiplv to the Mining Recorder for a certificate of improvements for  the purpose of obtaining a crown grant of the  above claim.  Aiid further take notice, that action under see*  tioh'87must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 2lst day or October, 1898. oc27  Quebec   Mineral   Claim.  Situated in the  Slocan City Mining Division of  West Kootenay District.      Where located:  About two miles up the North Fork of Lem-  . on Creek on north side of creek.  TAKE NOTICE that I, Dan Hanlbh, acting as  ��� .an agent for William Harrlsbn;, free miner's"  certificate No. 20647A, intend sixty days from tho  date . hereof, to apply to the Mining  Recorder for a certificate of improvements  for the purpose of obtaining a Crown Grant of  the above claim.  And further take notice that action under  Section 37 must be commenced before the issuance of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 24th day of September, 1898.  sp29 DAN HANLON.  New Denver,  Has been re-opened under new management. The Dining Room will  always be tip to the market, while  the bar will contain liquors and  cigars that cannot be surpassed for  quality and flavor in the Slocan.  Old and new patrons will And this  hotel just like home.  JACOBSON & CO.  *  1���./"\*W   I   when going VV L^.*0   I  To any point in United States or Canada  First-Class and Tourist Sleepers operated from  Ocean to Ocean.  Tickets issued and Baggage checked to destin  ation.   No Customs Difficulties.  CONNECTIONS  Revelstoke and main line points.  8:45k Daily: lv���Den ver C. Siding���ar: Daily 15 50k  8:35k ex.Sun:IIv N. Denver Ldg: arex.Sun.l6:00k  NELSON, TRAIL, ROSSLAND, ETC.  9:50kex. Sun: lv N. Denver Ldg: arex.Sun 14.00k  Ascertain rates and full  information   by addressing nearest local agent or���  G.B. GARRETT, Agent New Denver.  WF   Anderson, Trav. Pass. Agt., Nelson.  E. if. Coyle, Dist. Pass. Agt., Vancouver.  How to get there is via C. P. Ry & Soo Line.  " 9    '  WHOLESALE GROCERS  Agents for B. C. Sugar Refinery and Royal  City Planing Mills."  U'.-��<H?-j   Mi'     ���lh':'}f  !���>��� VJ(J-J*  ������>::���- '������(':i:  ..���Jf.O-.-:  Xjirniteci  i   V- ''*���  '-���- ;Va  Nelson & Ft* Sheppard  Red Mountain  RAILWAYS  The only all rail route without change  of cars between Nelson and Rossland  and Spokane and Rossland.  Direct Route to the  Mineral District of the Col-  villo Reservation,   Nelson, Kaslo,  Kootenay  Lake and   Slocan  Points.  Leave.  6:20 a.m.  12:05 "  8:30 a.m.  DAILY   SERVICE.  NELSON  ROSSLAND  SPOKANE  AltHlVE.  5:35 p.m  11:20a.nn  3:i0 p.m  A SELECT LINE OF  CUSTOM-MADE  All   sorts   of  mechanical  toys, Tea Sets,  Tools, Tops and  Masks  Train leaving Nelson at 8:30 a. m. make close-  connections at Spokane with trains for all  Pacific Coast Points.  .Close connection with Steamers for Kaslo and  all Kootenay lake points.  Passengers for Kettle. .River and RnnnrW"  Creek connect at Marcus with stage daily.  C. Q. DIXON, Spokane, Wash  INTERNATIONAL     NAVIGATION  & TRAOINGCO.,  LTD.  Summer Time Card effective June 20, 1898.  Subject to change- without notice.  Games  Iron Trains  Rattles  Horns  Month Organs  Toy Pistols  Music Boxes  Magic Lanterns  Flags, American  and Canadian  n     , SS.   INTERNATIONAL.  South Bound North,Bound  Read down. Read up.  SANDON  Tram Ivs Daily, l.oo pin   Train ar daily 10.50 am  KASLO  '* a'' ���' ������"������-S pm Train lv *' 8 OO.arh'  OBoat lv 3.30 am ���Kaslo��� Boat ar S.'SO riin ��i  i      ���'     4.30 am    Ainsworth "      7.30 pin's  ���<      "     5.00 am    Pilot Bay "      G.45'pm =  �����      "     5.30 am      Balfour "      o.io pm0**  ��Boat ar U.40 am. Five Mile Pt       "     5.23 pm 2  cr���   '.'     7-"-->'11*1      Nelson " lv 4.45 pms  aTrainarl0.05.am Northport Train lv 1.55 pm >,  ���=       "      1120 am Rossland "    12.05 pm?  ���<      *'       3 10 pm   Spokane "     8.30 amp  SS. ALBERTA.  Read down. Read up.  Sandon  Daily tra in lv l.oo pin        Dail v train ar 10.50 am  Kaslo  t>' .. V'JA5 *)m "      ]y S-OO am  ..**, Boat lv 5,00 pm Mo&T Boat ar 1.00 pm  m-g " 6.20 pm Ainsworth Boat ar J 1.40 pmi.  ���������3W ' 7.00 pm Pilot Bay ���' llOOnni"  E-c " 10.00pm Kuskoh'o'ok      "       8.00 prnft  - 12.00 pm Goat River      "        6.00 pmj*  *�� '���   1.00 am  Boiihdarv       "        5.C10 pmZ.  -33    '��� ar 8.00 am Bonner's "P'ry '   lv  ������"**'��� -  i-a:Train lv 11.40 am      "      Train ar  -     ���-���-'���*--<-���"*���---      -    jv  ar 2.45 pm Spokane  2.00 prnw  1.15 pm g  7.50 amcG  SPECIAL KOOTENAY LAKE SERVICE  Commencing ,Tune 20,1808.  On Monday, Thursday and Fridav ss Alberta  L*"tll   Ion 17a   k ooln fi   ii    w-i    <*��%���   I ;.,���. u\.     T-��*t_.   T-*  will leave Kaslo 5 p. m. for Ainsworth, Pilot Bay,  Leaving Nelson at 8 a. m., Tues-  and Nelson. _--.-..��� ��.������.. ... u vv. lu., iul:a.  day, Friday and Saturday, culling at Pilot Bay,  Ainsworth and Kaslo, and all way points.  GEORGE  ALEXANDER, Gen'! Mg ���  P. O. Box 122, Kaslo, B.C.  Kaslo& slogan Ry  TIME CARD  Taking effect 1.00 o'clock a. m.  Sept. 1, 1898, Pacific or 120th Meridian time.  Subject to change without notice  Arrive. 3 30 P.M  3 05 "  2 10 "  2 CC "  I Hi "  1 3E     "  IS of all sizes.  Orders by Mail .urill receiTo our prompt and careful  Attention.  The very latest  in Christmas Neckwear direct from  New York.  R AthertORGo.utd  Dealer in Gent's Furnishings, Readv Made  Clothing, Hats and Caps, Boots and" Shoes.  SANDON,  m^^i&4^mi*s.m  Leave 8 30 A.M.   Kaslo  "   8 5.">     '���      South Fork  ��� 0 45     '���       Sproule's  " 10 (V)     "       Whitewater  - 10 08     ���'       Bear Lake  " 10 20     "       MeGuigan  ���'10 34     "      Cody Junction  "      123     "  Arr. 10 45     "      Sandon Leave 1 15     "  CODY   LIKE.  Leave, ll.0oa.1n ��� Sandon ��� Arrive, 11.59 a.m  - .11.10   " Curly Junction Leave, 11.50 a.m  Arrive, 11.25   ������     ���   Codv   ���- *���     11.35 a.m  KOBT. IRVING,  Traffic Mngr.  GEO. F. COPELAND,  Superintendent  For cheap railroad and steamship tickets tc  and from all points, applv to  S.  CAMPBELL,      " Agent, Sandon.  Tie ProsDectors' AssarOfflce  Brandon, B. C,  Assay Price List:  Gold, Silver, or Lead.eacli  Si.50  Gold, Silver and Lead, combined .'.' Von  Gold and Silver  ^(Ki  Silver and Lead  % 00  ConiKJr (by Electrolysis)  2 00  Gold, Silver, Copper and Lead  4 of)  Gold and Copper  �� .������<���,  Silver and Copper  2 50  Gold, Silver and Copper  3 00  Platinum .'  *-, (y,  Mercury '.'.'.'.'..'.'.'.'.'.'. 2  Iron or Manganese  2 00  Lime, Magnesium. Biirium',' Silica^ Sulphur, each  ;,, f^  Bismuth, Tin. Cobalt. Nickei,' AiVtimonv,'  Zinc, and Arsenic, each.      ..         " ,| 00  Coal (Fixed Carbon. Volatile Matter  Ash  ,,   and   percentage   of Coke, if Coking  i.Coal)   June^O^^1^1'^^^^-  FRANK DICK,  Assayer and Analyst THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., DECEMBER 8, 1898.  Sixth Yeah  MINING   RECORDS  The following is a complete list of the  mining transactions recorded cimug the  week in the several mining .divisions of  the Slocan. Those of New Benve- were  aa follows:���  LOCATIONS. '  Nov 29���Miuto.Graui.te mountain. J \V Moffutt,  Central Park, same, same. .  Algonquin Fraction, near Cody, .E il Sandi-  landsY '  Nov 30���May Flower, Payne mountain' J  Brown. , ,.       ,  Chester Cat, Carpenter, E L VV lddif.ombe.  Dec 2���Treasure Vault Fraction, adjoining  Treasure Vault, HHowson.  Dec 3���Tyro Fraction, adjoining Bosun, N W  Mining Syndicate.  ASSESSMENTS.      :  Nov 2!)���Sandon Chief, Constant, Lone Jack.  Dec 1���Broken Lock.  TKANSKKKS.  Nov 28���Lee Fraction i, H Dilby to VV A Cotton, Xov 22.  Rattler, W Anderson to D W.hiteley, Oct 22.  Rodney. G Parkinson to E F Smith, Oct 17.  Nov 29���Rodney, E F Smith to Silver Band  Mining Co, Nov 4.        .  Winton, same to same, same.  Dec 1���Marco Polo, E B Fraser to Galena  Mines, Ltd. Nov 25. ���    '  Iron Mask Fraction I, H A Brady to E Stewart,  S Rashdall and A E Fauquier.  Silver Key, James Gilhooley to Neil Gething.  power of attorney re Silver Key       ������  Silver Key, Silver Key Mining Co to Mrs H  Gintzburgef, Oct 7.  Dec 2���Baltimore Fraction, Iron Mask Fraction and Condor 1/0, A E Fauquier to C S Rashdall, Dec 1. '        ���        - T  Iron Mask, Sultana, Baltimore Fraction, Iron  Mask Fraction, Condor 1/6, E Stewart, to A E  Fauquier, Dec 1. ��� _  Condor group 1, OS Rashdall, A E Fauquier  and E Stewart to Northwest Mining Syndicate,  Dee 1,-5760. 'Tr ���,  Treasure Vault Fraction, H Howson to W  Braden, Decl.  Dec'3���Alma, A Mullan to A C Ostley, Aug 10.  AINSWORTH   DIVISION.  LOCATIONS.  Nov 25���Sunset Fraction, F W Groves.  Nov 26���Mountain Bell, J VVII3011; Mermaid,  John Healy; Winnie, Sandy A" Bear Trap, John  Healy. _^ ,   , ������   _  cNov 28���Gold Hill, Octave Dubois; Cooper  Hill. Joe Martell: Trail, VV H Aldride.  ASSESSMENTS.  Nov 25���Admiral Dewey.  Nov 28���Elsie Fraction,i Alpha Fraction.  CERTIFICATE Oh'  IMPROVEMENTS.  Nov 23���X Ray  Fraction,  to R E L Brown  Hazel, to H Williams.  Nov 28���Blizzard, F J Hill.  TRANSFERS.  Nov 29���Slavin and Butler "*, J H Jackson and  H Draper to S P Johe. ��� ��� T .     /-  Butler, Slavin and Billy Davis J, S P Jobe to  B F Stephenson.  Nov 30���Pontiac aud Tecumsie, M J Heath and  F A Heath to Nelson, Slocan Pros & M Co L L  SI.OCAN   OUE   SHIPMENTS.  The shioments of ore from July 1st,  1898, to date:  From Sandon. Tons.  Payne  ",64C  Ruth  -,578..  Slocan Star  1,657  Last Chance  410  Sapphire ������ 18i  Coin ;.....  13|  Wonderful Bird  1*  Sovereign. '..... 8oJ  Wonderful  8  CMWilson  2  Treasure Vault.  40  Reco  19  Miller Creek  -to  From Concentrator Siding  Idaho Mines  1,720.  Queen Bess  707  From New Den ver.  B isim  3*7  California  *"*>  From Whitewater.  Whitewater  150  Jackson ,  35  Whitewater Deep  3*��  From MeGuigan.  Rambler  ���*���"���  Antouie  Hi-  Native Silver Bell  30  Total  14,8051  GOLDFIET.DS   OF   ATLIN.  Rich   Finds   Will   Tempt Thousands   of  Fortune-Seekers In the Spring.  The season for work iat Atlin has ended, as all the mines thus far opened there  are summer diggings, but the early spring  will see many thousands of men .on the  trail to the new goldfields. Compared  with, other places in the interior, Atlin is  easy of access. It may be reached in the  summer in three days from Skagway, and  throughout the winter it will be a matter  of only three or four days' sledding over  a level trail from Lake Bennett. Old-  timers say that it is too easy to get at,  and that it will be crowded to death before spring. This seems probable, as  nearly every one talked to expects to go.  Atlin is in the heart of the lake country. It is just at the point where the  rocky coast mountains -begin to blend  away into the open country. On the one  side are the snow-capped peaks ; on the  other the land is fair and open, with  wide valleys and rounded hills, with  little lakes aud meadow land and timber.  Thus far the gold has been found on  the little creeks that empty into Atlin  and Surprise lakes. This in itself comprehends quite a large territory, as the  lakes are from 50 to 75 miles long.  To get to Taku City, which is the first  of the two new towns, you go to Lake  Bennett and take one of the little  steamers that ply there, or, to be more  independent, take your own canoe or a  little boat of the kind they build at Bennett, always with a small sail. You go  down to Bennett to the outlet at Cariboo, into Tagish and past Windy arm,  along the way on which one starts to  Dawson, until you get to the Taku arm  of Tagish, where you turn squarely to  the right. Taku arm is long and narrow and of the shape of a lizard. Vou  go 50 miles nearly south and then  make a square turn to the left and follow  down a leg of the lizard to the toe���lo  the very tip, where is Taku City. Altogether the distance from Bennett to  Taku City is about 120 miles. The little  steamboats make the trip in one continuous run of 16 to 24 hours. From Taku  City there is a portage ofthree miles across  to the lake that gives the name to the  district, but the trail is a smooth wagon  road, without anv perucplable elevations  of land. Across the lake a distance of  five miles is Atiin City���the country over  there seems to be full of "cities" ���  and this is near the mouth of Pine creek,  on which the first strike of gold was  made.  Miller and MeKinnon, who own Discovery claim, ebont eight miles from  Atlin City, have employed a few men during the summer and have taken out more  gold, probably, than any oue else on-the  creek, although the amount is not made  public. Pine creek itself is of no great  extent. It is only the connecting link  between Atlin and Sm-jiri.se   lakes, and is  about. 20 miles long. The upper half  of it is marshy and impracticable for  mining, but the lower part is now being  worked. Near the mouth of the creek  enters Spruce creek, , which is 30 miles  long and known to be worth mining.  There are also, a few small streams coming into the marsh at the upper end of  Pine creek that are staked and believed  to be as rich as" any.  : It is the tributaries of .Surprise lake  that are supposed to constitute the most  valuable part ofthe new district. ..This  lake -and Atlin and Taku arm are nearly  of equal length. They lie parallel to  each other, with a trend about north and  south���narrow," river-like stretches- of  deep, clear water, abounding in trout  and white fish. Surprise lake is thought  to beat least 70 miles long, but it is  only the southern end that has been  much explored. Here are at least four  tributaries. Wright and Otter 011 one  side of the lake and Ruby and Boulder  on the other, that have had work done  on them the last two or three mouths.  Of the four Wright creek is most developed, but all have made a satisfactory  showing. One fact which is known to all  miners, but possibly is not of general  knowledge, is that the gold of any locality has a shape and color of its own,  different from that of any other. In the  old California days there were cashiers  and gold weighers so expert that they  could identify the product of any particular one among possibly 100 different  localities. It was so generally recognized  that convictions for robbery sometimes  hinged on this fact alone. In the same  way the gold of one place in this section  differs from that of another, as it does  also from the gold from El Dorado,  Bonanza or Hunker of the Klondike district.  ...     , .-,- .��� ,��� Y  From the stand point of a miner there  is hardly any resemblance between the  Atlin and the Klondike diggings. 'In  point of richness or of total product in  prospect it is not claimed that the former compares with the latter, although  Atlin is iu its infancy and; possibilities are yet to be defined. In. the Atlin  district hardly any of the ground is frozen  in summer, and the depth to bedrock is  only two to eight feet, the average depth  being from four to five. The pay dirt is  of a free and friable nature, without clay,  but the gold is not distributed throughout  any thickness of the gravel. It is all  concentrated upon bedrock or in crevices.  The process of mining in the new diggings is of the simplest character. The  miners get rid of the gravel or drift by  a sluice of water, or other available  means, and then scrapes or take up a  section of the bedrock. Actual mining  cannot begin before about the ist of June,  although preliminary work that would  greatly facilitate matters can be undertaken much earlier. Prospecting can be  done more satisfactorily in winter, as  water interferes with sporadic testing of  the ground in summer.  Knights    of   Pytliias    Growing.  CONSTRUCTION   ITB"MS.  Happenings. Along the Linte of tlie Ebb-  son & Penticton Road.  Track is laid as far as McCormack'B.  Brooklyn is quiet, the effects of pay  day having passed oft.  Eight inches of nice wet snow allalong  the river front to Brooklyn.  Bill B&rnfather is at the throttle on  401, now handling construction train.    :  : A concert is to be gotten up at Mill  camp for Xmas, in order to furnish a  good time to the employees.  Robson is booming, Hotel Robson  and Pioneer Restaurant: being crowded.  Nb.ayailable beds in town.  Extensive yards have been put in this  week at Genelle's mill, in order to facilitate the handling of construction [material.  At Trail things look as if the C.P.R.  meant business. The side tracks are full  of cars containing new machinery for the  smelter.  A man employed at the sawmill had  his arm badly torn while attempting to  adjust a sa*?f on the edger. His arm was  drawn into the live rollers, and flesh  torn off from shoulder to elbow. His  arm will be saved.  ���Sport.   ;  , Thatthe Knights of Pythias are gaining a strong footing in the Province is  very evident. There are 1,300 Knights  of Pythias iu British Columbia, with  lodges in all the cities and principal  towns. ������',' The local lodge has a membership of 50, and has distributed about $500  in benefits among its needy and suffering  ones. .'"Revelstoke ,is organizing a lodge,  with a charter membership'bfi35.  Matte   Shipments''."Resumed'.'  Don't forget that Bourne Bros, have  on hand a large stock of Winter Clothing, German Sox, Rubbers, Overshoes,  Gloves and Mittens of all kinds, and that  the prices are right. , ���   ���  WKKCK   OP   THIS    AINSWORTH.  Tuesday night of last week the steamer  Ainsworth was capsized in a squall off  Crawford Bay,while en route to Bonner's  Ferry from Nelson. There were 31 people on board at the time, nine of whom  were drowned, their names being John  Gurn, steward; Mate Perry; J. McNeill,  fireman; C. Hume, cook; H. Jakes,  second engineer; J. Davis, deck hand;  and C. Campbell, of Kuskonook. The  others were Italian laborers. Capt.  Lean and Engineer Kane had 'a"narrow  escape. The Ainsworth was an- old boat  and was owned by a joint-stock company, in which Braden BroB, of the Pilot  Bay smelter, had an^ interest' An effort  was made to pull the wreck off the rocks,  whither she had drifted, on Friday, but  she immediately sank into, deep water.  There is talk of raising the Ainsworth  and putting her into service again.  Arriving daily all the latest in green  and dried fruits, nuts, biscuits and confectionery at Bourne Bros.  For Carpets, Oilcloths, Linoleums  and Rugs of all kinds go to Bourne Bros.  Ill I !������ Ml^M I������������^���BUMW^M���H  ros.  ARE RECEIVING AND HAVE  IN  STOCK  GROCERIES SUITABLE FOR  RAISINS, CURRANTS,  AND   CANDIED   PEEL   FOR  Plum Puddings  ���o*88W(p#<swwftp8i5'w^6|  ajrt^S  Last week the Trail smelter, now under  C.P.R. management, resumed its shipments of matte to Jersey' City, the consignment aggregating in i weight 353.438  pounds, and of an approximate value of  $100,000. From now on regularly weekly  shipments will be made from the smelter  to the refinery to be refined and coined.  Doatli   of   J.   A.   tluere.  The death of Joseph AY Guere, at the  age of 36, is reported, at'. Lemon ��� City,  Florida. The sad event took place oii  October 28rd. Deceased left' Sandon,  B.C , three months ago, in the hope that  his health, which had. been indifferent  for some time, would be benefitted by a  sojourn in the south, but the summons  was not to be Ion"* delayed. He was  well-known in the Slpcan'and in Idaho,  in both of which places he leaves some  property.  Great   Northern    Causes   Trouble.  The effort of the Great Northern railway to enter Kootenay in competition  with the Canadian Pacific railway is  causing a good deal of trouble. A conference has been held at St. Paul between representatives of the two  companies with a view to settle the  rate question in Kootenay, but the result is not yet known. Manager Robert  Kerr, of the western division of the  Canadian Pacific railway; F.W. Peters,  of Nelson, B. C, and W. C. Bowles, of  Winnipeg, were present. The matter  under consideration was the Koootenay  rates which are now said to be in bad  shape. The C.P.R., it is said, objects  to the Great Northern entering* that  territory. The Canadian company also  objects to rate cutting. The result of  their differences has been a protracted  war, and the end of it is not yet in sight  it is said.  Wholesale  Wine & Liquor Merchants  .of SANDON.  Carry the finest Stock of Liquors in  the Kootenay Country.  Orders   by  mail   or  wire promptly   attended to   H. H. Knox,  Has removed to the  Newmarket  Last    Chance    Incorporated.  The, Last Chance Mining Company,  Limited, lias been incorporated with a  capital of 8100,000, divided into 100,000  shares of one dollar each. - The registered office will be at; Sandon. The  company has been established to purchase particularly the property of the  Last Chance group of mines, and to pay  for the same either in; cash' or in fully  paid-up stock of the company.  .1.     O.     ..MSTS    X    UAISK.  Block and is preparedjto repair  every description of  Disabled  Watches.  ASLO HOTEL  Family & Commercial.  Large  And  Comfortable  Rooms  Fitted with every modern  convenience. Special protection against fire. Rates $2.50  and $3 per day.  COCKLE & PAPWORTH,  Proprietors.  The appointment of J. D. Graham, of  Revelstoke, as the Provincial Government agent and niinuig recorder for  Atlin. vice Mr. Hunt, has been officially  announced together with thnt of J. H.  Brownie, as surveyor for the district.  Premier Semlii'i says that Mr. Graham  'has been given large discretionary  powers, as he will have charge of the  whole of the Northern British Columbia  territory.  Capt. A. Lindquest, an old pioneer in  inland navigation, died,at the Halcyon  Hot Springs, on Thursday, of heart  disease.  The  Nakusp,  Js a comfortable hotel lor travellers  tu stop at.  Mrs. McDougald.  FRED J. SQUIRE  Nelson. B. C.  Merchant Tailor.  Full Line  of Suitings and  Trouserings aWavs on hand.  affepgoq  >K""f(  arjdi  **  ������  CHOICE TEAS, AND .COFFEES.    ONTARIO APPLES,     SICILY LEMONS  AND. CALIFORNIA ORANGES. "-MANY DELICACIES IN CANNED  '.        GOODS.    QUOTATIONS SENT TO ANY PART OF KOOTENAY**  SANDON-^  ROSS LANI*  Dealers in  Hardware,   Tin   and   Graniteware,  ��� ���. -. Miners' Supplies, Paints, Oils,. Glass and Putty, Doors & Windows.  SLOGANS CITY, B.C.  t  The  <S>-*S>  Palace Gafe,  IN SKUQOH  ���������S^-S^-S^SxSi*-��-*  Eastern   Oysters,   Tender  Chickens   and    everything  '  Dress  Goods,  Latest novelties  in Dress Goods for  Summer and Fall  wear; also ready-  made Clothing,  Neck wear, Hats,  and Caps, Boots  ,. - y: - ,,,.-. arid Shoes���the  most complete stock in the lake section���at prices as low as it is.possible  to make them. We invite"your inspection. Look into our s how- window.  "We are displaying a fine line of  novelties.'  McLaehlan & McKay,  ���."���   v ':������   New Denver.     ''  '���������  Slocan  the   Market. affords in  the  4 way of delicious and.  palatable food can be found  ^Tbe  Strangers arid others are  requested to call on us when  hunger torments their inter-  nal anatomy.    If John is not  \ on shift; you are sure to And  *�� Charley . .... . . ���.-,- ;  Is the  Best-equipped  Restaurant  in the Slocan  It never Closes  and the proprietors aim  to please"'their patrons  iii every ;way possible.  MiXLARri & Thompson.  a.-*,���%.-%,-**fe.-^-^-*ft,-vv^.*%.-v*--^'V'%. ���%-^%^*^-*%^-*^-*iv%^*ft,^'v-*^^"*v-^  NEW  DENVER, B.C.  An office of the Slocan Hospital has  been opened at Sandon under the  medical superintendence of. DR.  P. H.,POWERS. Subscribers on presentation of their, orders or tickets at  the Sandon office will receive medical  or surgical treatment and the necessary medicines tree of charge.        y  All serious cases will be admitted  to the Hospital for treatment.  Miners in regular employ, ; subscribing through their payroll, can  secure all the privileges of theabove.  For further information apply to���  J. E. Brouse, M.D.,  New Deny er, B.C.   ;  -DEALERS IN  Farm Product Fruits,  Okanagan Lake,  ,V. O. BRUCE'S LANDING  For the convenience of the trade a stock is always kept on hand in the  Jellarid Building, SANDON.. Mines supplied at wholesale rates. Cars  loaded with Produce1, Fruits and Vegetables are run into the Slocan every  TEN DAYS, and,orders can be delivered en route. '  ���V.-t-M-*-*:  DR. MILLOY,  DENTIST  Rooms in Reco Hotel, Sandon.  aa>c,9'#at8*'S*'  NEW, DENVER,   B. C.  Provides ample and pleasant accommodation for the traveling public.  Telegrams for rooms promptly attended to.  STEGE feAVISON/.      -       -      '-       -      "- ���  ���  **���     Proprietors.  ATLANTIC STEAMSHIP TICKETS.  To and from European points via Canadian  aiid American lines. Apply for sailing: dates,  rates, tickets and full information to any G. P.  Ry agent or���  Gr. B. GARRETT,  C. P. R. Agent, New Denver.  WM. STITT, Gen. S. S.'Agt., Winnipeg. ,  BRICK  FOR   SALE.  JOHN   GOETTSCHE,  NEW DENVER.  Although I have been doing  business in Kootenay since 1886  I have never before had a stock  equal to what I am now showing.  It was purchased in Montreal,  ew York and many other Eastern points for  cash,.and I can-safely say that my prices are  fully 80 percent lower than "any other house in  this : country. Jewels, Standard Silverware,  Watches, Sings, and Fancy ���������Goods, in endless  profusion. Orders and enquiries by mail are  carefully attended to.    JACOB DOVES, Melson


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