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 ���*���  Volume VI.   No. 11.  new Denver, b.g., December i5> i898.  Price, $2 00 Year  ROSSUAND PROGRESS  No man is doing more to advertise  Kootenay and its resources than is P. A,  O'Farrell, whose regular contributions to  the Toronto Globe are eagerly looked for  and perused. Appended is his latest  screed, dealing largely with Rossland.and  it is most entertainingly compiled :  What a marvelous  transformation has  taken place in less than five years  in'the  Kootenay!    There  was no  Rossland five  years ago.    There was no Sandon ; Moyie  City did  not exist,  Cranbrook was in the  womb of time.the Spokane Falls & Northern Railroad, the only Hue into the Kootenay,   was  in a semi-bankrupt condition,  the  Canadian Pacific people had not yet  grasped the  fabulous  worth of Kootenay  as a wealth and a revenue producer.    In  those five  years well nigh  50,000 people  have come   into the Kootenays  and havjE  made themselves a local habitation, if not  a name.   From the entrance of the Crow's  Nest Pass line  in the Rockies  to Okanagan lake there have been planted as if by  enchantment dozens of prosperous Canadian communities and dozens of communities who will exert an immense influence  011 the destiny ofthe Dominion.   The new  Canadian  Pacific   Railroad  line,   which  winds through the Kootenays to Boundary  and  on  to  Okanagan and the coast will  connect with the markets  east and west  the Crow's Nest coal fields.   These without  a  shadow  of a doubt must rank as the  fiuest|��oal deposits on the globe. Not only  ���will they iu course of time supply British  Columbia, the  North-West Territory and  Manitoba with  coal,   but    Washington,  Idaho and Montana will pay theui tribute.  In course of time  thousands of workmen  will be employed in mining this coal and  enormous railroad traffic will be generated  thereby.  This* vast mineral country will soon  need thousands of tons of coke daily, and  Canadians will soon begin to realize that  at Crow's Nest there is growing up the  greatest industrial life in the Dominion.  Near the Crow's Nest Pass, in Fast Kootenay, are probably the greatest lead mines  in the world. The Broken Hill mines of  Australia now hold the premier place, and  they pay enormous dividends. But the  Broken Hill mines are insignificant things  beside the North Star and the Sullivan in  East Kootenay. Moreover, there is also  the St. Eugene, and I think I am safe in  saying that these three mines alone will  produce in time $100,000,000. The Broken  Hill mines are owned in Loudon, but all  the reduction aud dressing of the ore is  done right at the mine, and the lead and  silver are exported from Australia to Asia.  These immense lead and silver deposits  of East Kootenay should be treated and  refined here, for the materials for the  work are all at hand, and the Canadian  statesmanship should contrive some  method to achieve a result so exceedingly  desirable.    The old saw of Cassius :  The fault, dear Brutus, is not iu our stars,  But in ourselves, that we are underlings.  Might aptly be quoted to those who think  that Canada  must continue  to ��� send her  lead ores  into the States for  reduction,  dressing  and manufacture,   and that she  must for  all   time buy  back  from   the  States her pig lead, her paints and  other  lead products, at an enormously enhanced  cost.    And what is true of lead is equally  true of copper.    The Boundary  country,  the Island of Vancouver  and several districts of the coast  will   surpass  all   other  sections of the globe as  producers of copper.     British    Columbia's    copper   production   will  in   course   of time  exceed  those of all the rest of tlie world, so   far,  at least, as we know at present.    One copper mine in   Butte gives  employment to  8,000 workmen and supports a population  ��� of 50,000 people,   and pays dividends on  $35,000,000.    In  time  the British Columbia   copper industry will   support 250,000  people.    Is not such a prospect enough to  inspire  Canadian statesmen  to effect the  smelting,   the  dressing aud the  refining  of Canadian copper ores within their own  territory?    But British Columbia has not  only, lead  and copper���she  has  the gold  and silver.    And  it is  this  vast mineral  wealth that is building railroads,   towns,  hamlets and villages.   That  is why vill-  : ages and towns and camps are growing so  fast that even   newspaper correspondents  find it hard to chronicle them all.  Five years ago Ross Thompson had a  log cabin on Trail creek, close to the Cen--  tre vStar mine. It stood on a 160-acre  homestead that this young Ontario lad had  located on two years before. Probably  Ross Thompson could not tell himself why  he yielded to the impulse of fate which  induced him to .'fix himself a home in the  midst of the Rocky Mountains beside a  few prospectors, who thought when they  found Red mountain that they had also  found gold mines. The dreams ofthe prospectors were not illusions. Red Mountain  in time was shown to be a vast network of  priceless golden stores, and Ross Thompson's homestead is the Rossland of to-day.  It has fully 8,000 people now. Stand at  the Rossland club, at the west end of Columbia avenue, and look eastward down  that thoroughfare, and at any time of day  you will see as well-dressed women  and  as busy men as on  King street, Toronto*  You will not see such elegant equipages,  but you see the gondola  of the  west in  force���the   inevitable  and indispensable  cayuse.    Moreover, walk along Columbia  ayeiiue and look in at:the jewelry stores,  the dry goods houses, the hardware establishments and  the provision  depots, and  you will find as ample ahd  varied'stocks  as  in   Toronto, dr.,'Montreal..' Here already are five banking houses.    Take  a  look in at the Bank of Montreal, arid you  will find nine  or ten officers working at  breakneck speed, and yet they can hardly  keep up with their duties.    For Rossland  is not only a hive of industrial activity, it  is also becoming a financial  centre of the  mining world ofthe  west.    The Hon. C.  H.   Mackintosh's   company,' the  British  America Corporation,   pays  out $60,000 a  month for wages and supplies.   The Black-  stock-Gooderham people expend probably  $50,000 a month, and the   Le Roi people  $40,000.    In   other words, three concerns  at Rossland expend $150,000 a month for  wages and supplies. Aud  the pay roll and  expenditure of each and ever)* one of these  concerns will   go on increasing for there  is always  in Rossland  a  golden harvest  following iu the wake of big payrolls.   Let  no one run away with  the   idea that Mr.  Blackstock   and    Governor   Mackintosh  gobbled up all the good  things  in Rossland.    Even Mr. Blackstock   himself has  been caught napping,for he ought to have  bought the No. r and  he ought to  have  bought the Iron Mask. Had Mr.Blackstock  bought the 'Deer Park and  developed it  with the capital at his  disposal   and the  enterprise   which   he   has shown in -this  camp,   Deer Park would now be ranking  with the Centre Star. The Giant, the Novelty,   the    Gertrude,    the   Jumbo,   the  Houiestake, the  Cliff, St. Elmo, Eureka,  the Gopher, the  Abe Lincoln, the White  Bear, the Sunset,   the   Evening Star, the  Nest Egg are each aud  everyone of them  liable to make  mines just  as big as any  owned by either the Mackintosh or Black-  stock people.    But these properties have  had to be developed by poor men, and occasionally the  management was  equally  poor.   But Rome did not become imperial  in a day, and Rossland's prospects cannot  all become mines in five years.  The  work already done is marvelous.  Rossland is now not only a mining centre,  it  is   a  money   centre, too, and  I  must  claim for this mountain city ofthe Kootenay the  anomalous position  of being a  railroad centre also.    Before the dog days  of August come again all travel for Boundary,   Okanagan   and   the  great   mining  camp of the Republic,   coming  from  the  United States, must come  to Rossland to  reach its destination.   It will be the meeting ground for Canadians and Americans  interested in  that wonderful country to  the west, but  that  road  cannot  be built  now for   iS  months after  the   Columbia  and Western is completed, and in the 18  months Rossland will have a hold on the  western country that will astonish the Dominion.    Ross Thompson,   whose adventures and vicissitudes in  the west might  fill a book,though he is still in early manhood, aud though five years  ago  he had  nothing but his log cabin and 160 acres of  barren-looking rocks and  trees,   is now  one ofthe rich men ofthe west..'. His real  estate at Rossland is worth a vast fortune,  but in addition  to that  his mining interests in Boundary and in the Colviile Reservation will make him   fabulously rich,  and he is a Rosslander and a Canadian to  the   backbone, and  anywhere and everywhere he is always a man���with a  good  man's instincts aud a  good man's honor.  He is not the only one of Rossland's citizens that have reached out and put strings  on   other  sections  ofthe  country.    Col.  Topping, who got the Le Roi eight years  ago for $12.50 is a big owner of a Colviile  Reservation property,called the Zeila M.,  which   will   probably   surpass .the War  there are about 30 acres left to the mining company it will be seen that the Pajris  Bell has even now a most valuable asset.  The owners tell me that they have also a  chance to make a mine there, but I cannot  recommend itas valuable for mining purposes, while I look upon it from a real  estate standpoint as worth $250,000. The  Derby title has also been settled on like  lines, half surface rights being divided between railroad and Derby owners. But  the Derby, I think, will make a mine. Mr.  Shields, the new head of the Spokane &  Northern, is one of the brightest men in  railroad circles in the States' and he is  doing all that mortal man can do to hold  his; own against the pull .and the business sagacity. of the Canadian Pacific  Railroad. , i  uo.ssr.AXr)   mining-��� xjsvrs.  Crow's Nest Coal shares advanced $3  to $19 during last month. None, however, are being offered at that figure.  Ten men are at work on the Silver Bell,  oh the south slope of Deer Park mountain, with one steam drill in the shaft.  They are sinking on a contract.  A force of men is working in the lower  tunnel of. the Jumbo, where they have  reached the 70-foot station, and expect to  strike the ore body in another 100 feet.  The wages paid by the Le Roi mine last  month was $27,000, and other expenses of  running amounted to $7,000 more. The  number of men then employed was 300.  Three men are at work on the Grand  Prize, on Deer Park .mountain. They  have got the shaft down 30 feet and the  improvement in the bottom is very noticeable.  The Virginia is being steadily worked,  the shaft having passed the 400-foot  level. The stock of this company has  seen its lowest price and is again on the  upward trend.  Thirteen men are at work on the Commander, and the shaft is dowu 300 feet.  Stringers of rich copper ore have been cut  through and considerable ore is coming  in at the bottom ofthe shaft..  On the Evening "Star, in the North Belt,  there has been considerable increase in  the percentage of copper in the ore. Six  men are drifting towards the large ore  body exposed in the upper tunnel,  In the Deer Park they are. meeting with  good ore in the crosscut at the 100-foot  level. At the 150-foot level, where the  high grade tellurides was found, it is intended to commence work shortly.  In the Great Western two machines are  at work in the 200-foot level, aud sinking  has been commenced to the 300-foot level.  Good mineral has been cut by the C. &  W. Railway ou the Great Western.  of ore on a small scale have already been  made, and the prospects of the company  are really excellent when it is considered  that the depth reached is only 4ofeet.  jThe Anaconda Consolidated Company  will drive 500 feet of tunneling to intersect four different leads on their property  on Anaconda mountain.two miles, north of  the Velvet. Three of these leads are  copper-gold and the other gold quartz.  Assays from surface have gone $27 in  gold. A dozen men are ready to start  work for stock and grub.  'The Homestake, in the South Belt, is  working 16 men. Sinking is being carried  oh to the 260-foot level. There is a good  plant on the property, including a five-  drill compressor and machinery 'capable  of hoisting 600-feet. Good ore has been  . met with all the way down. The company is free of debt and will go on with  development uninterruptedly.  Large pack trains to the Velvet and  Victory-Triumph properties, on Sophie  mountain, have or far kept, the Dewdney  trail open nearly to the first summit  above Melville. The. Anaconda Consolidated Co. expect to send out a  pack train of 40 horses next week, and  will have to break a trail from the Dewdney for about two miles across meadows  to their property.  The War Eagle's new hoist, the biggest  thing in mining iu the Dominion of  Canada, will be put in operation next  month. The mine will then take the lead  as a shipper; 400 men being the estimated  number to be put to work as soon as the  proposed new equipment is fully installed. The War Eagle's old plant is to be  re-erected on the Centre Star, which was  recently purchased by the Gooderham and  Blackstock syndicate for $2,000,000.  The new rock cuttings for widening  and straightening the Columbia & Western Railway have brought to light some  very fine mineral leads where none had  hitherto been suspected. On the Paris  Belle and Great Western good leads have  bse.j cut-by the laborers on the railway,  and in the new cutting close to Davis  street $20 ore has been exposed. The  owners of this mineral claim have, it is  stated, disposed of it for $35,000.  A. H. Harrison and E. S. Barchard.who  are. well-known iu Revelstoke and Trout  Lake as former residents of those burgs,  have been in Rossland for some time  negotiating the deal for the famous B. C.  mine, situated between Grand Forks and  Greenwood, of which they are the owners.  R. G. Edwards Leckie, of Rossland, has  an option on the property on behalf of  the Montreal Goldfields, and the price is  stated at not less than $100,000.  8L0GAN GAMP NEWSf  SI.OCAN   MINERAL   FLOAT.  Rawhiding* has commenced from the  Eureka..  The force on the  increased.  The Idaho mines  ore last week.  Comstock  has been  shipped 200 tons of  More men have been put to work on  the Whitewater.  shipped from the Blue-  Ore is being  bird, 30 tons going- out last week.  Upwards of 500 tons of ore has been  shipped from Silverton this year.  The Queen Bess exported hve cars of  ore during- the week, or 108 tons in all.  A small shipment was made during  the week by the Fisher Maiden to the  Hall Mines "smelter, Nelson.  Saturday night the tunnel on tlie  Anglo-Saxon was in 44 feet, with mineral increasing* in the breast.  The new concentrator at the Whitewater is in running* order, every part  of the plant giving- satisfaction.  Anderson & Brady are hauling ore  from the Comstock to Silverton. Several hundred tons will be exported.  It is expected the Comstock concentrator will be started early in January.  The plant has a capacity "of 50 tons per  day.  Ore from the Wakefield is being hauled to Silverton for shipment. Over  2,000 tons are expected to be shipped  this winter.  LOCAL   CHIT-CHAT.  George Williamson has moved into  his new residence overlooking Bigelow  Bay.  J. Bowes, of the "Victoria Hotel, Silverton, has gone east on a two months'  visit.  On December 26th a turkey shoot will  be held in town to determine the skill  of local nimrods.  A recent census in Slocan City showed  the population to number 330, men, wor  men and children.  The Bank of B.N. A. closed its branch  at Slocan City on Saturday, the officials  being removed to Asheroft.  The first sleighing party of the season  went to Silverton on Thursday night,  and participated in a social hop.  There are but two patients in the  Slocan hospital, no patients having  been received during the week.  Mrs. Geo. Doherty has gone on a  visit to relatives in Butte, and may also  take in California before her return in  March.  The resignation of Dr  for  the  Brouse, of this  the Slocan, has  Provincial Gov-  More supplies were sent up to the  Mov/ich, owned by Finch, Gething and  Cooper, and situated about 2J miles ease  of New Denver. The property will be  worked all winter.  ���rOTTINGS    FROM WHIXEWATEK.  Mr. Riffle, manager of the Whitewater  Deep mine, spent a few days in Nelson  last week.  Mr. Proctor  has g<  Christmas   with   his  Sound. Ont.  ine east to spend  family   in Owen  The Bright Future and North Star are  two good claims in the Pendd'Oreille district, and belong to Messrs. Bridgeford  and Herring, of Rossland. They received  samples of ore recently that assayed over  $31 per ton.  Reports from the Salmo Consolidated  state that the property is looking well.  The hoisting plant has" just been installed  and work in tlie No. 2 shaft is proceeding  rapidly. Sinking will be continued to  the 200-foot level.  Til   tho   Heme   ��f   his   Birthplace.  Eagle as a gold-producer and a dividend  payer. It is entirely owned in Rossland.  Robbins & Long, the War Eagle assayers,  are big owners in the great Republic mine,  and M. J. Harris, the manager of Le Roi,  is a large owner in the famous Sullivan of  East Kootenay. The Ymir Camp is owned in Rossland, except what has been sold  in Great Britain.  In fact Rossland is the social, money  and trade centre of the Kootenay, even  now, and its hold is becoming so great  that it can hardly be dethroned with any  new developments. As a consequence  Rossland is having a veritable real estate  aud building boom. Much delay arose  from unsettled title to what may be called  city lands. The Spokane & Northern  Railroad had the surface rights granted  to them to all land about Rossland now  chosen for mineral before 1893. As a result interminable disputes followed, the  railroad people claiming that prospectors  were trying to steal its land and prospectors claiming that the railroad folks were  pirates. Since Mr. Corbin sold out his railroad, however, Mr. C. Shields, the new  head of the Spokane Falls & Northern  system, has set himself to work to clean  up all questions of title more by compromise than by law. In the case of the  Paris Belle, the most celebrated case ofthe  lot.Mr.Shields gave the Paris Belle Mining  Company half the surface rights, and the  railroad company takes the other half.  The Paris Belle ground is worth from five  to twenty thousand dollars an acre and as  At the Victory-Triumph, on Sophie  mountain, a contract has been let for the  construction of a new shaft house 20 feet  by 30 feet, and a lean-to 24 feet by 24 feet.  There is to be a horse whim installed and  work is to go on extensively.  The tunnel on . the Joseph-'Leiter,' on  Sophie mountain, is iu 130' feet, and au  eight-foot vein of fine grade ore has been  met with. Supplies to last all winter have  been taken- out to the property, which is  to be extensively developed.  On the Velvet'a contract has been let  for a new steam plant and for new pump-  machinery. The .��� shipments this winter  are expected to exceed Jast winter's, when  350 tons were rawhide'd- down Sophie  mountain to the Red Mountain railway.  In the No. 1, which is owned by the  B.A.C., they are sinking to the 300-foot  level, and when that is reached a cage for  lowering aud raising the miners, similar  to those in use iu the Anaconda mine,  will be installed. A new 60-horse power  boiler is being placed for operating the  cage temporarily.  In the Mascot, adjoining the famous  Columbia andj Kootenay mine, there has  recently been a perceptible increase in  the proportion of copper in the ore. This  property is to be worked by electric power  from Bonniugton Falls, aud the wires are  now completed to- the mine. The new  motor has been made in Toronto, and is  expected to be in place within a few days.  The rumor that the B. A. C. would  move their newly acquired smelter plant  from Northport to-Say ward, so as to have  all their possessions under the British  flag, is without foundation, according to  Mr. E. Durant, the corporation's office  manager. The law of the state ol" Washington that no alien conipany can hold  the property will be got around by forming a subsidiary company under the state  laws.  The Golden Gate property, near Brooklyn, has been creating some stir recently.  Some of the ore has been on exhibition  in Rossland, and the assays are claimed  to run as high as $87 in copper and $30  pi silver, with a  little gold.    Shipments  So says thePontiac Advance,published  at Quyon, Que.: Mr. $eo. Aylwin who  has been visiting his many friends here  for the past two months, left for his  home in New Denver, B.C., Tuesday  morning. He was accompanied west by  his father, Dr. Aylwin, who has been  residing here for the last five years.  George, while renewing acquaintances  with many old friends, also made many  new acquaintances/who were very sorry  to see him leave, but the one bright ray  of hope left is that he will soon return to  the land of his birth and the dear friends  of his childhood, where he will alwuy*  find a welcome.  Smelter   for    Boundary.  R. F. Clancy, our respected barber,  has the proud" distinction of being called  father, a fine boy arriving the other  day.  Among those noticed in town last  week were Mr. Gerrard, manager of the  Bank of B. N. A. at Kaslo, and Geo.  Alexander, president of the Jackson  mine.  The merchants are displaying their  Christmas wares to good advantage and  among the best we could not help but  notice the fine display of toys, Xmas  cards and optical goods made by our  obliging druggist, Jas. M. Patterson.  Opera    House   Opening.  Manager Whyte, of the Canadian  Pacific- Raihvay, who has returned to  Winnipeg from Montreal, says that the  company has decided to erect a J.000-ton  smelter-in the Boundary Creek country  in advari��e.of railway construction, thus  meeting the wishes of many liiineowners  in that region. Tlie point at which the  smelter will be located has not yet been  decided on.  Sandon    Miners'    Union.  J. II. Mill ward, manager of the Bosun  Opera House, Tuesday received word  that the scenery and stage fixtures had  arrived at the customs house, Nelson,  from Chicago. Tin; duty lias been forwarded and the g-oods are expected  to-day. It has been decided to open  the hall on Thursday December 22, and  bills are being gotten out announcing  the fact. There will lie a grand concert  by the New Denver Brass" Band followed by a ball. Let everybody get ready.  As the Three, Forks road will be open  a number of Sandon people arc expect-  to be 1 (resent.  hi the last B.C.-. Gazette Joseph -Stock-  ham, Hugh McAhearn, (ico. Smith,  Grant Cox. Win. J. Gerhut, Robt. McLean, James W Penning, Michael  Kirlinn, Geo. MacDonald, give notice  of their desire to incorporate as tlie  Sandon Miners' Union, for mutua  tection and assistance,  benevolent societies' act.  under  pro-  tin*  Queen   City   Group    Deal.  .Kl'Htk    (irons**    to    I)i!    Floated.  1 he  floated  Duriii"  Black Grouse group is to lie  in London by Major Furlong,  the   week.   W.   il.  Sandiford.  town, as coroner  been accepted by  eminent.  R. H. Alexander, lately connected  with the. Northwest Mining* Syndicate,  left last week for Rossland, en route to  the coast.  Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Bourne, Nakusp,  are mourning the loss of their infant  daughter. They have the sympathy  of the district.  Miss Ferris, sister of Mrs. Capt. Esta-  brooks, who has been visiting the latter  for several months, leaves "to-day for  San Francisco.  Miss Hunter, a sister of W. Hunter,  of Silverton, has arrived from Prince  Edward Island, to manage his handsome new home.  Wood sells for ��4.50 per load here.  There is room for an enterprising coal  merchant, who would handle the Crow's  Nest article at 36.50 per ton.  Rev. Mr. Cleland, Presbyterian minister at Sandon, purposes holding divine  service here each Sunday morning, last  Sunday being his initiareffort.  J. L. Retallack will winter in California for the benefit of his health. He  has been 10 weeks in bed, suffering  from a complication of diseases.  C. F. Nelson won J. H. Mill-ward's  phonograph at the Newmarket raffle,  Thursday night. The professor is  securing a.larger machine for concert  purposes.  A subscription list has been circulated  in town, raising the sum of $127, for  repairing* the Three Forks -wagon road.  Sandy McKay made the necessary ex-  animation.  There have been several transfers of  real estate in town during the past  two weeks. At the present" time there  is a limited demand forcential business  sites at reasonable figures.  W. J. Spaul has severed his connection with Peter Genelle & Co., in order  to accept a more remunerative and responsible position with the lara*e railroad contractors, Mann, Foley Bros. &.  Larson.  Sunday evening a special parade of  of the Sandon Uniform Rank, K. of P.,  took place to Virginia Hall. Rev.  Bros. Cleland and Sanford giving- addresses. A number of Knights went up  from here to participate.  Negotiations    for    Knter-irise  A. Thompson has disposed of a  quarter interest in the Queen City group  to P. W. Ellis, the wholesale jeweler of  Toronto. The group consists of three  claims, the Queen City, Rockingham  and Capital, situated one mile east of  the town. Good ore has been obtained  from the property, though not much  work has yet been done.  Hartney    Improves.  Shannon, Go.ettsehe an-1 McPherson  have a good thing in the Hartney  group, on Silver mountain, and every  week improves the situation. They  are now in over 50 feet under ground,  and the ledge is widening. The pay-  streak has also widened during the  week, and they now have, close to six  inches of clean ore.  Fine selection of toys, fancy goods  Xmas presents at Bourne Bros!  and  manager of the Northwest .Mining-  Syndicate, inspected the property, and  cabled a satisfactory 'report, to lie followed by written details. The Black  Grouse will be taken up on the basis of  a prospect, with first-class showings.  The property continues to improve, with  development. Great tilings will result  from the introduction of this new British  capital, as the company buying is very  stroii"-.  HoHiui    Shipments.  Everything at the Bosun is in first-  class shape and the ore showings are  most satisfactory. Two car loads of ore  have been shipped during* the week and  more will go out by Saturday. Returns  have been received from the Aurora  and Selby smelters on two car loads of  ore, giving net profits of Sl,4(i I per car.  Ore    Increases    on    the    Marion.  The Marion has improved a great  deal during the past ..veek, and there, is  now showing in the main workings 10  inches of clean ore on the hanging wall  and four inches on the foot wall. The  ledge gives signs of becomingfully mineralized.    Everything is in good shape.  Reports from Nelson g*i> to confirm  what Tino Ljouok stated two weeks ago  respecting the Enterprise mine The  Miner says that great interest is still  being manifested in that city in" the  negotiations now being conducted by  the London and B. C. Gold Fields Co.  for the purchase of the Enterprise, on  Ten Mile, creek. The mine is a particular! v rich one, the owners asking  j *?50i.>,000 for it. J. D. Kendall, of Van-  j couver, and S S. Fowler. M. E., have  both made examinationsof the property  J and have reported to the L & B. 0. Co.  The report has been forwarded, to the  head office of the company in London  and all future actions .leading to a purchase will be taken in the old country.  The tenor of tlie (reports will not be  made known until theyare made public  in London. The British America Corporation is 'also anxious to secure .the  Enterprise. Engineers have inspected  the property for the B. A. C. and the  reports have been handed in, but nothing can be learned of the probable  action of the corporation. However,  the chances are that one or the other of  these big companies will secure the  Enterprise, and in either case it will be.  a big tiling for the Slocan district. THE LEDGE, NEW 1)KNVER, B.C., DECEMBER 15, L898.  Sixth Year  The Ledge.  Published every Th*grsday. /  R. T. LOWERY, Editor ��ttd financier.  SUBSCRIPTION BATES:  Three mon ths  ...;...,... *�� . 75 ���  six       "       :...���.;......;........;vi.25  Twelve " , 2.O0  TtfRKE TEAKS    ,5.00  Tranaient Advertising, 25 cents per line first in  sertion, 10 cents per line. subsequent insertions  nonpareil measurement.  '���  TO CONTRIBUTORS. '      .  Cjrrespondence from every part of the Koptienay  District and communications.;nponvlive/topics  always acceptable. Write on, both., sides of,, the j  paper if you wish. Always send sometfhing good'  no matter how crude. Get your copy in while it  is hot. and we will do the rest    Y        ../.....,:���  a member and resigned his seat,  whichtbe othernTeUow.covets as a  steppingiton^ip polit^lfame^ Ma;oy  s^on^j'telk^l^ave bten" made 'diirjBg  tfe shorts can^paig-nj/and.--.tbp'iteaj'iers  p4^ft0h side^ftayeijt^en ter^Bd-little  less than piratesY* ��� Yej? the[��jteptpjrate'  SLrerjC^lfed: upon,ter choose; betwee-a  .tbem'^Y ":-;: ' ���*��� -    '   'n :;. '..-���" ;;?!';H'  A pencil cross m thw square  indicates that your subscription is due, and that the editor  wishes once again to look at  your collateral.  PBUKSDAr, DECEMBER .15. 1898.  SMKLT OUR OWN ORES.  After considerable lobbying and  agitation spread, over a number of  years, the American' Government refuses to .rednce; the - .duty, upon, lead  ores-going into that country. Even  the^representatjtons. 'of,the ��anadi��n  members of t;h$ Anglo-AmericanvCon-  ference, vnow concluding, their, labors  at Washington- failed utterly in their  appeals, however strongly the ties of  kinship may have been advanced.  There.has been but one aspect only of  the question, as a rule, advanced in  all idiscussions upon this topic in the  past, and that; the hardship the heavy  duty worked upon the K6otenay mine  owner, ^oweyeiymuch good-may  yet result from the situation and the  Canadian miner led to bless the hand  that has smitten him, inasmuch as  the feeling and conviction is growing  that pur ores must and will be smelted at home.  Many   American financiers   have  confessed that the action of their legislators in the past in raising the duties  was a short-sighted policy.    As an  evidence of this,   they point  to the  ,   present flourishing condition of the  mining   and  smelting   industry   in  Mexico.   Before the duty was imposed, Mexican  mine-owners were content to ship carefuilv  sorted ores to  the American smelters at a small profit, and the latter works were only too  pleased to handle the product, for, as  fluxes, they were most desirable.   So  soon as the impost was made, the importation of Mexican ores practically  ceased, and then it was that mining  was placed upon a sound basis in the  pro-Spanish republic.   American capitalists saw their opportunity and, deserting their own land, turned their  attention to the south.    Smelters and  refineries were erected at numerous  places, old mines were opened up on  a larger scale, new districts developed, neglected dumps resorted and reduced, and, where once semi-poverty  and idleness existed   may  now   be  witnessed, wealth and activity. These  home works enabled vast bodies of  low grade ores to be  handled at a  profit,   and   what was   undoubtedly  American loss has proven to be Mexican gain.  The same factors are working for  Canadian independence and ultimate  profit.     In    practically   prohibiting  Mexican   lead   ores,   the   American  Senate provided   also a  smart lash  for the then infantile mineral development of this country.    Yet, as said  before, good may result.   British and  Canadian capitalists are beginning to  see that a  profit can be made out of  smelting and refining our, own ores  and. are  interesting themselves ac  cordingly.     The   Canadian   Pacific  Railroad Company are leading in this  movement, by making extensive preparations for handling Slocan ores at  Trail.   The  Hall Mines smelter  at  Nelson is also arranging to reduce  more largely our wet ores, while ihe  idle works at Pilot Bay and Golden  give signs ot renewed life and ambition.   The success of these works will  result ill others being established, and  an honest effort will  be made to sup- j  .-Qowickan's late ^member in--.t^he  Provincial' House, Mr. Robertson, whp  j>,vacated ��� his -seat tor a similar; offeijC���[  , tp^Mn Y^ill^bA&^o, opponents; to; his  .reflection. They ar^pr. .^iJBalljOf  Yi^ofisa andijiife^wp^v^h^ ^^uil  defeated' in^ Dewdhey-iaii!Ythe general |  election. -'.The Turnerite -candidate  says he will win; V ���  It is a noticeable fact;tjbat,the foremost place among the amendments  advanced to the Mineral Act is given  to the delinquent co-owner in assessment work. His baneful influence  has been felt in all parts of the Pro  vince and he must be given scant  justice. All agree that the mode of  procedure must ,be expeditious arid  inexpensive, so that the prospector  may have a, remedy ,for one of* the  mariyHlls inflicted-upon him.'  A movement, originated by the  Rossland Record..is on. foot to organize the representatives of the British  Columbia press into.an association for  mutual protection and advancement.  It is a commendable step, for if there  is one individual who requires pro.'  tection above his fellows, it.is the  long-suffering editor, who, in the  past, has been the victim, of the merciless spring poet, to. .say naught of  the political jobber and the delinquent  subscriber.   Protection by all means.  The Edmonton Bulletin contains  the following as a new advertisement*  "British Columbia restaurant,, Oh  Sing & Wong Sing proprietors. Open  day and night. Meals at all hours;  first class cook. Regular meals, 25c;1'  British Columbia has had to stand a  good deal in the past, but this is the  unkindest cut of all. The aborigines  of the far north should be disabused of  the idea that this Province is an appendage of the Mongolian Empire, the  statements of "Chinese" Martin to the  contrary, notwithstanding.  paper in. British Columbia that petro-  ' leiam-; has  been  '' discovered" in  the  Crow's^iNest.;I*ass:   This is obviously,  incorrect,*.in'fMimuch, as;petroleum has  been*kHown.tp,-exist in.the Crop's Nest  Pass,;jand! abo.ut.the.u^er waters of theji  $\%t\\&#i -^yidri^o^^^n^y^Ts:   As far  .b^ejt ;:a8'18S*"6,!jGf8 ^rantJY'arpracticaipil  jmani irpm^Oil Spring$p, ;Qntario,, organized'��,"company" pr3arnial^d*.Betrp,lea|.  oil people, to "i pVospect: ,that ���- <K>untigfe for [j %  jMtjrote^p^.^Mchjit^^^w^^^r.tedv'Was  ���J "I'Vi- "--p.',' .��"' *_ Jj'i-  '_' J**Y��^_   _ 1 _*"_'_._���_ J. ��� '- J_"      ��-1 '_���-'- _  :���"���''"���  On January 5th the Local Legislature vyill  assemble in  the gorgeous  architectural pile across James Bay,  Victoria.     Much   interest   is   being  evinced, greater indeed than on any  former occasion, as the fate of two  factions must be decided.     Hon. .Mr.  Semlin says be has nothing to fear  as leader of the Government, while  Hon. Mr. Turner, as head man of the  Opposition,     professes      confidence.  There will  be  numerous sharp passages at arms and some nasty things  are likely to be said.    The odds are  on the Semlin combination.  j'.;E^pped-jwit^ ahd  .<pi"topin^pl]!^^ by a  -s|a^v^ff>pra^ii^]['-Tpii; ftpgratorsi, .Grant  8taT*ieii::fo^  h'^q!;.,riyer^  La*ivni^  "Pi^nei]>;Cr6ekf ^ra^t^succejeiled in  making aYpbihtiuii^  hood of- the present Tepo'rted'aTseov-  eries, but found it impossible te proceed  ���further with his outfit;.but findingVa  likely place, he determined to put down  a test hole. Surface indications were  plentiful and, peculiarly enough, most  abundant on the tops of the rocky  knolls, where the color of oil could he  found wherever a j little. \yateiY Jay-  Grant put his hole down some 300 feet,  and; it. is stated, found oil in small  quaptiti.es,, but before he.. had(completed  his,.operations the..drilling plant -w-as  bunied.by a .prairie fire. , Grant, however, made a trip-into the Flathead  country and brought out several vials  of samples of a very peculiar quality of  oil. It was yellow" in color- of about  the consistency of sweet oil, and would  burn in an ordinary lamp without refining. Wheni these samples- were  exhibited to Petrolea oil men they were  incredulous and ��� refused to invest any  more money-in the scheme.; Samples  were sent to the department at Ottawa  and Di\, Selwyn, of the Geological Survey, ,inade a trip into the district from  Jennings, Mont., and proved beyond a  doubt:the authenticity, of the discovery.  Selwyn's report caused somewhat of  an excitement about McLeod. and Leth-  bridge, and many clamis were staked  by enthusiastic prospectors. It is stated also that experts, of the Standard Oil  Company made a pretty thorough examination of the possibilities previous  to 1890. Even- at this early date the  Crow's Nest road was considered a lively and immediate possibility and claims  were held high, even though they were  far from raihvay communication and  their development for the present a  practical impossibility. Fred Nive.n,  now keeping* store in Whitewater, was  among the first to be on the ground and  located a quarter section/ which he  bonded for ��30,000 to Pennsylvania people, notwithstanding that 'ho hole had  been put down and nothing proven.  After the federal elections of 1891, the  Crow's Nest road was dropped from the  political issues of the day, and, the  possibilities of transportation becoming  distant., the oil fever died out. There-  has never been any doubt, however,  that petroleum existed in that district,  and the quality of the samples produced  have been equalled only.in certain districts of the Volga oil fields in Russia'.  The only point which was in contention  was regarding the quantity, and on this  the Standard Oil Conipany experts arc  said to have reported adversely. This  report can hardly be considered a criterion, as the Standard Oil Conipany  has the habit of so reporting. In certain districts in Virginia, the Standard  so' discouraged  development  that they  KstabllgheditSlT.  ' ���/, iyy ;*�����  ���Capital (all:paid;il^>\$iSto^.o6  $8^32*3.04  Reseryed fapd;  Y"U*8diyide4; V  .': ^^a^AnyjoiEris^^  Rt. Hon, "toRD Strath^  Y'goN^G.A^  '".: yf r,': 7'y.EC''., i^YrJSi^-iJsTp^-j general. Afanaer-er,  Branches in all parts of Canada, Ne'wfpuadland, Great Britain, and  the .United-States.-,   . '.���'".:' v,''yvy     /yy-y/',-���'".;  yy'':^f$^ity . '��� ':���  ' ','^;":"'y   y'"::;-'---'y'^-. .',f':.''':v E:,JWT, Manager    -���  i  were finally enabled to buy the oil fields  fora i*.orjg,'and-,have ^since-kept valuable holes plugjged, awaiting their  pleasure���which is taken to mean the  petering put of. the Ohio and Punnsyl-  vauia,oil fields. As this time, accoi*4-:  ing to the?. present indications, is now  hot far off, and as the, Standard is practically in control of the Canadian oil1  industry, it is only reasonable, to suppose that the Crow's Nest will be pretty  tbnr.Qughly prospected. |  ��� From the nature of the country, it is  pretty safe to presume that the capabilities of this district are limited and,;  even should it become a regular pnK  ducer, must eventually drop; into  insignificance compared Avith t*e vast  petroleum deposits of the Mackenzie  river district, which, beyond a doubt,  will some day be "the'Light of the  World." In view of the fact that the  early discovery of petroleum in the  Crow's Nest was so generally known at  the time, and that it has been made the  subject of several government reports,  and also that every geological survey  map of British Columbia for the past  ten years has had "petroleum", in large  letters, indicating the whereabouts of  the discovery, it does seem strange that  the recent finds should be hailed on  every hand as "discoveries "  C. s.  RASHDALL.  Notary Public.  A. K. FAUQUIER.  RASH D ALU & FAUQ UI ER  MINfes5& REAL ESTATE.  NEW* DENVER, B.C.  MINING INTERESTS HOUGHT,   SOLD   AND BONDED.  -���INVITED   Abstracts of Title to mineral claims.  CORRESPONDENCE  ^     ^     ^     7r\     ��ft~>S  Sandon, B.C.  Don't forget that Bourne Bros, have  on hand a large stock of AVinter Cloth-  inir, German Sox, Rubbers, Overshoes,  Gloves and Mitten8 of all kinds, and that  the prices are' right.  F. Pyman has again commenced to do  business in New Denver. Bring your  watches to him when they are out of  order.  'XWS NEW HOUSE, .with the old name, is  well equipped to aceomniodate a large  number of G-uests. The building is plastered  and the rooms are unsurpassed for comfort in  tlie Slocan. while in the Dining Room can be  found the best food in the market.  Robert Cunning, Proprietor.  We do what we advertise to do.  GOLD    AND    SIT.VKK  IN    INDIA.  The returns of the trade of British  India for the five months from April 1st  to August 31st show that a period of  very that a period of very considerable  prosperity has succeeded the famine  period of two years ago. As is always  the case, this prosperity has been followed or accompanied by larger imports  of the precious metals.' The excess of  exports of produce over imports of merchandise this year has been more-than  twice that of a year ago, so that the  purchasing power of the country is  mxich greater. We find that the value  of the imports and exports of gold and  silver for the five months has been as  follows, in rupees; the exchange value  of the rupee, has varied during that  period between 29"j and 32 cents, being  most of the time above 30 cents:  atches,  Clocks,  Silverware,  aad Jewelery,  Are aniong the most valuable and  beautiful of CHRISTMAS PRESENTS  I have the largest and best assorted  stock in the Slocan. Every article  ofthe best. Be sure and see for  yourself.  The Clifton House,  Sandon.  Ha.*-, aniple accommodation-* for a larjre number of people.     Tlie. rooms arc large  and airy, and tbe Dininfr Kooni is'provided with cvery'liing  in tlie market  Sample Rooms for Commercial Travelers.  rices  the lowest   Gold.   1898. 1898.  Rupees.   Rnpees.  Imports. .20,242,210 34,375.040  Exports.. 0.289.590   9,457,230   Silver   1897. 1898.  Rupees, Rupees.  50,357.480 40,747,250  19.629,160 29,211,100  Bal.ret'd 10,955,620 24,923,860   30,728,320 21,746.150  The very considerable increase in  gold imported, while the silver remained nearly stationary, was due in part to  the 'somewhat higher range of silver  values, since the natives will buy gold  freely only when it falls below'a certain point in comparison with silver.  In part also it was probably due to the  apprehension of a sweeping currency  change, though very little attention has  heretofore been paid to the efforts of  , , ,    , the government to encourage gold im  ply the home market and compete for | ports and discourage those of silver.  a share in  the  undeveloped demand j    A still wider difference appears when  the   Orient.    Canadians are   nnt.! the net   imports arc compared.   The  G. W. GRIMMETT,  Sandon, B. C.       Jeweler & Optician  From MONDAY,  Dec.  in  i value of the gold retained more, than  wanting in self-respect, but they lack \ doubled, while that of the silver fell off  confidence and enterprise at times; I about 30 per cent.   Large  exports of  j ,, .   . ,   tl -�����.���..    silver were made to  the Straits settle-  and this is one of  the opportunities to ��� rnems ,ind Ghina>  while  some of the  be seized and made much of.    Amer- j metal went to Persia and Arabia.  ican smelters profess not to want .In the statement above values are  r I given,   but   the    returns   report    also  Kootenay s wet ores, but the fact must j quantities of silver, which were as follows for the live months, for three years  past:  be noted that their refineries are not  averse to receiving all the lead bul  lion that can be sent them. Coke,  fluxes, and assorted minerals are now  available in ever-increasing quantities in Kootenay, only awaiting the  reduction w��.rks and refineries to use  them,    SCIiAPS FROM THE   KDITOR'S  DKSK.  An election for the Legislature is  taking place today in Alberni, between Messrs Neill and Ward, Government and Opposition respectively.  The former made a slight error while  1896.  Silver. Ounces.  Imports    il.lL'9,551  Exports      <;.lo.->:02.s  1897.  Ounces.  24.5IM1 y-i7  9,114,285  1898.  Ounces.  27,904,744  15,522,638  wive in pe  discount  for cash  on  all   Xmas  Goods'.   His prices are tlie lowest already and  this additional cut is  He is to-i busily ony.agxid preparing  for the little ones���besides, there are  some tilings be does not ileal in-  c.ouldn'tpack 'cm around ���mountains  too high���trails too narrow���too easily  damaged. We are helping the old  in an out. and to lighten''his load of  care, dolls and candy, we have yot in  a handsome Line of Upholstered and  Cobbler-seat Rockers. Divans. Centre  and Corner Pieces, Hall Stands,  Dining Chairs and Tables, 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 what 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 afewdaya.  WALKER & BAKER,  Xew    Eluniiture I>��alei*s and Repairers  Denver's     Undertakers and-Kmbalniers.  N.. B.���We have the only practical Undertaker  and Embalmer doing business in the Slocan.  Travelers  Will find the  Arlington Hotel  a pleasant place to stop at when in  SI can City.  GETHIXG & MENDEKSON, Proprietors.  P. LoCASTO,  Provides Ladies or  Gentlemen with  W.S. Drewhy  Kaslo, B.C.  H. T. Twitm  New Denver, B.C.  The  Hair  Cutter  DREWRY & TWIGG  Dominion and Provincial Land Surveyors.  Civil and Mining Engineers.  Bedford, McNeil Code.  ��2TRashda!l & Fauquier, Agents.  D  R. A.S. MARS  Aj.  Dentist.  Kaslo. B C  Graduate of American Collegeof Dental Surgery  Chicago  IS  BaI. retained.. fi.(rl4.n'22 15,78(',ftl2 12.38:*.Knit is worth noting that even in the  year of greatest distress, in spite of the  'famine. India exported much less silver  than was imported. Though the, buying fell off heavily,the selling- decreased  likewise, and a considerable balance  was retained in the country.  NOT   A   DISCOVEKV.  If vou don't think so, just  call at NELSON'S Drug  and Book Store and see all  the Xmas presents he has  sent on in advance.  If vou listen to him. he  will tell vou that NELSON  has the BEST assortment  ���., _��� of Xmas   Goods of  W all kinds in the  "  Slocan: and he will  'i /^tell    vou   moieover  ITV that the   Prices are  ^J away down  NELSON'S assortment includes DOLLS.  TOPS HORSES GAMES BLOCKS  MECHANICAL TOYS        TIN TOYS  and 'ALL KINDS O' COOKEN"  1'ERFUMES BRUSHES BOOKS  DRESSING CASES TOILET SETS  SLEIGHS       ETC       ETC       ETC  In endless variety.  I have been appointed  agent for the Leth-  bridge Coal Co., and  will sell their products  at  reasonable   prices.  E. A. Cameron  SANDON.  GWILLIM & JOHNSON.  (Mi-Gill*)  Mining Engineers  & An aly- Chemists.  Slocan City,   . -      -      -      -      ���  B r.  WAMTED.  Industrious man of character to travel and appoint agents.   Salary and expenses paid.  BRADLEY-G-YRRETSON COMPANY.Limited  Toronto.  J. M. M. BENEDUM,    .  Silverton.  ^JOWARD WEST,  Assoc. R S M. London, Eng  MINING ENGINEER,  ANALYTICAL CHEMIST.  & ASSAYER.  lJro|��rties   examined   and   reported <>n  for   in  tending purchasers.  Assay office'and Chemical Laboratory. Bellevue ave. New Denver, BC.  Hot  or Cold  B 2.tllS Evorythiiijj First-Class  Imported and Domestic Cigars, Etc.  Newmarket Block,  New Denver.  Fifty=two  Weeks with  ^-V _rrf A   fascinating study of the  a   if 4T\/b International Sunday School  \J- \J%JL Lessons for 1899, now ready.  No Christian, especially a  Clergyman or Teacher .should  be without it. Beautifully  bound in cloth of two colors,  with stiff hoards. Pric���,on",y  .'Ah 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,  Js   C. F. NELSON,  During- the past week  the statement! Druggist & Sta-tiener-.-- New- Denver,  has found publication   iii almost  every'    /rgrMail orders promptly attended to!  Angrignon  NEW DENVER  Dealer in HAY, GRAIN,  ICE,..WOOD, Etc  Livery and Feed Stables, General  Dray ing. Teams meet all boats and  Trains.  ][t L. GRIMMETT, L.L.B.  BARRISTER,  Solicitor, Notary Public, Etc.  Sandon, B. C.  -O    G. FAUQUIER,  NOTARY PUBLIC.  Nakusp. B.C.  THE MINERS EXCHANGE.  Three Forks, E. C. Weaver  ,1CM1K0,(  Insurance  a'"1 General Commissson  Agents.  NEW  H-JKXV.KK.   !*..  C..  ainter  and  Writer  NEW DENVER.  J, c  NEW DENVER  General  Drayman, Ice,  Hay and Grain for Sale.  Filled.  9  lee Houses  Lavery  arid!  Bait. Stables. Sj&th 1T*sa��.  m|Ei^p^^ is, .Haas.  THE   KOOt'S   PEATKB.  Tbe royal feast wm done jYthe^ng  Sougtit Jom^.ne*^".*poit to bMiJshcare,  A nd to bis jester cried :  "Sir Pool.  Kneel, now. andCmake for us.a.praj-er."  ���:'���;..' -.-. -aiJYw. t ���>��� 1J-:-  ;���  The jester doffed hi* cap and bells.  And stood the mocking court-before;  They coula not see the..bitter smile  Behind ��he path ted grfa he f(ore.  He. Uo.^rediilj�� head.tind bent his knee  Upon tbe monarch's silent stool;  His pleading yoioe arose:   "0 Lord,  Be merciful to, me, a fool!  "��� ]". t -;  >,*'������.  ���/' '<r Y if ���.'.'������ ' ...*  ' '.No pity,iLprd, $Qnld change the heart  jF/roBJiradiSMth: wnjnrg to;white as .wool;  The red*nmst heal the sin; but, Lord,  cJJe,merciful to me,;a.fool!  " Tis not by .guilt the onward sweep  Of truth ,and,rfght, Q Lord.weatay;  'Tis by our follies that so long  We "hold the earth from heaven away.  -  '-', *;>'.   ���.-.     ':  ;..U,'-: '���''������'.���-'��� ������������-���'  "These-olumsy-feet, steel in the mire,  Go-crashing blossoms without end;  These hard, well meaning hands we thrust  Among the heart strings of a friend.  ���W-..      .W't'..'.;.       .'1-*l ���������rv'r1 ������       "T*    '      '      -������  '' The iltitimed truth- we might; have Jiept���  r-Whoinows.howsTbiarpitplercedahdstungi1  The word we had no sense to say���     ������  Who knows how grandly it had rung ?  "Our faults no tenderness should ask, .fi  The chastening stripes must clean thorn all;.:  But for our blunders���oh, in shame ��� ��������� '  Before the eyes of heaven .we fftll.     -���     ':  i.r- '".,,.' :,f !' :   "     "���  "Earth bears no balsam for mistakes ;  Men crown the knave and scourge the tool  That did his will, but thou, O Lord,  Be raerolful to me.o.fool'.".     Y  The room was hushed; in silence rose  The king, and sought hi.'; garden cool,  And walked apart, and murmured low.  "Be merciful to me, a fool!"  ���Edward Rowland Sill.  A    PROFITABLE   MINK.  The report of Manager J. B. Hastings,  of the War Eagle mine, which was read  at the second annual meeting' of the  stockholders in Toronto;; last month,  shows that mining* in this district is not  the least profitable business that may  be pursued in Canada. Manager Hastings' report was a most. carefully compiled and exhaustive one, and showed  the mine to be in a very flourishing condition, there being no less than 100,000  tons of shipping ore now in sightunder-  grouna.  During the year ending October 1st  there were 1^115 feet of development  work driven, being 3,480 feet of tunnel-  ing,at an average cost of S21.15 per  foot; 451 feet of raise work, at ��-29.78 per  foot; and 185 feet of sinking, at ��65,26  per foot.. This seems to bean excessive  charge, especially for sinking, but presumably it includes all incidentals in  connection with the working of the  mine. The average cost of *  the Slopes was S3.'24 per ton.  There are now in the mine 8,304 feet  of sinking, besides 250 feet of the main'  working* shaft timbered through the  stopes from the 250-foot level 'to the  surface  Shipments began in May last for the  present year, and from then till October  1st the net output was 28,523 dry tons,  at an average value of $23.52 per ton.  The total gross market value was  ��370,735.28. "r and the total smelting  charge.** S31.3,891..30, thus leavinga.net  value of *535f),843 98. This shows that  the entire smelting charges direct and  incidental, did not amount to half the  A'alue of the ore per ton���S23.52. In  1894 the total smelting charges on War  Eagle ore- amounted to 819.18 per ton;  in *1S95, to S18.2'i: in 1891', 815.68; in  1S97, 814-.-29; and in 1S98, 811.01. If the  reductions in smelting charges follow  in the same ratio iii the next four  years as in the past the cost of smelting  will be even less than mining ; but it is  doubtful if the smelters will go very  much below the present rate, which is  87 50 at Trail, although it is generally  believed that a further reduction to 85  or $4.50 will bo the outcome of the  advent of Crow's Nest coal and coke.  The gross value of War Eagle ore per  ton was as follows: Gold S18 90, at  820.67 per ounce; silver, $1.15J; copper.  if3.46J,' both the latter at New York-  prices.  By increased tonnage and reduced  smelter charges the company has been  enabled to treat ore carrying less values  by $4.12 than could be profitably treated  last year.  The gross market value of ores shipped from the mine 1894 was $43 54 per  ton ; in 1895 was $47.33; in 1896, $36.97;  in 1897, 827.64; in 1898, 823.52. At first'  sight this would.appear as if the value of  the ore was. depreciating, but the real  fact is that in the earlier years the low  grade ore was left in the mine; it would  not pay to ship,at the then cost of smelting and freighting. With the, great  reduction ire these two charges the low-  grade ore is shipped at a profit, and'of  course reduces the average of values for  the whole output. ���    -  ���Since-.the first shipment in 1894 the  mine has shipped 54,877.45 drv tons, as  follows: 1894, 46.93 tons; 1895,. 9,980.93  tons; 1896, 8.920 29 tons; 1897, 7,406,02  tons; .1897; 7,40.6:30-.tons; 1898, 28,58a'  tons. ���-.'���".;  The.War Eagle ranks as the second'  best mine in this camp as regards development and equipment, but there  are many properties that carry mineral*  of greater value. When these have;  reached an efficient state of development the aggregate revenue of Rossland mines will astonish the world.. The*  camp lsyet in its infancy, and there are.  more than a score of first-class mining  properties, taken in hand during the  past 12 months, that will be shipping  ore next summer. Eastern capitalists  should make a note of this, there being  many high-grade properties within a  radius of five miles of Rossland that are  as yet classed as "prospects," ahd may'  be obtained at low figures. Many (if  these will no doubt surpass the War  Eagle or Le Roi within the next. five?  years There is unlimited opportunity  for capital in Trail Creek.       '       ���   ':  ���ROSSLANT-D    iUSISti    STOCKS.  an upward tendency. :iDee*f Park has  ^^R^eS'phjef.stQck claiming* attention  during the months and ;ihe fluctuations  *werevvery rapid' but-���'not extensive. It  iij now in the..neighborhood, of.l^c., apd  most people expect to see it go t<r25cv at  an early date. Iron. Masks are still a  good investment,Jbut: while not making  jmuchYsdyance 4itf*ing November, they  *:..*tM*.Vje notifbeen -sjibject toY^yidfeelHie.  Iron Horses are quoted at 17c., which is  a good price for, them as yeti..hut:;the  (jra*t\rival of the new compressor, plant  denotes ;��� the beginning of continuous  development, and it is believed that the  stock will go higher in ,the ,near future.  War Eagles meet a quick sale.at $2.93.  ."White-Bears hold their ground at 7c.  Novelties at 4c, and Giants at-. 6c. are  greatly in demand. Jumbos aredown to  42c;;: with .promises "of a'r-ise. JThere  have been buyers of. Giand Prize at 3c.  Dundee at 30c. is said to be an excellent,  buy. jHomestakes are offered- at 6c .jand'  Anaconda afcYSJc.R! SaUno Con:;'~'is highly  ���*^oken;of;,at gOc.l Lily May is.also werf  ed at 20c. Altogether the dealings in  local, mining stocks throughout November were limited in quantity,-except in  Monte.Cbrisito, Virginia, and -.Deer JParkY  Le-"Rois.are ���quotea *at';$8.25,-j tbeipcice  recently ipaiS.-sby the B. A? C.< to f the  Turner faction of the stockholders.  ���j Hal!   Aliriea, Smelter   Returns.  The Hall Mines Company announce  that|the result of the smelting' operations for the four weeks ending December 2nd, 18 days, seven hours  smelting, was 2,207 tons. > It contained  approximately 53. tons of .copper and  45,960. ounces of silver.  ' j / j 'jepitptj* pHpvnt.1 Clftfia.     - > '-  -     ��������      J'  WW '  Situate in the SloemrrHininsr Division of TV est"  Kootenay District. When* located: Adjacent to tbe Echo land ..punllgrhCI Mineral  claims at the head of Jackson Basin.  TAKE NOTICE that I, George Alexander��� free'  miner's certificate No. 7*f,0OO, as agent for the ;  Echo "yj'niiur.and Hilling Co.;"Ltd., freer ialner"  certificate No. 11,904A, intend sixty days from  the date hereof to apply; to, the: Mining "Recorder  for ajcei)tificate of .ifmprovements 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 28th day of October, 1898.  nvS- *   GEOIt&E ALEXANDER, Agent.  . Shunia, Rushford, General Sheridan,   .  and- Snowstorm Fraction  Mineral Claims.  CERTIFJCATEJFWfiaVEIVIENTS  .Continental   Mineral Claim.  Situate in the Slocan Mininc Division of West  Kootenay District.      AVhere  located: at  the head of Twin Lakes Basin, adjoining the  Idaho, Morning, Ivy Leaf and Mazeppa mineral claims.  rpAKE NOTICE that I, William-S.-.Drewrv, act-  1    iiign'saffent for the Scottish Colonial Gold  Fields, limited,froeminer'scertineate No. 33325A,  and George W. Hughes, free miner's c-ertificate  No.   G497S,   intend, sixty  days  from   the   date  hereof, to apply to the .Mining Recorder for a  Certiiicate 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 17th day of November, 1S98.  W. S. DREWRY. ,  Situate ih the Slocan JMining-.Divigion of We^t >'  Kootenay District. Where located: Part4'  of the R. E. Lee group, near Sandon.      ���  TAKE NOTICE that I. George Alexander,, free  miners' certificate No. 74,003,. intend, sixty  days from the date., hereof to apply to the  Mining Recorder^' for * a ' certificate of im>  provements for the purpose of obtaining a Crown  grant of the above claims.  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced before- the issuance-  of such certificate of Improvements.  Dated this 30th day of September, 1888  nvl7 G. ALEXANDER.  , Nancy-flanks Np.i.�� Mineral Claim.,  Situate iu  the Slocan City Mining  trict.   ""'  Sprii  from Slocan Lake.  ���y  West Kootenay District,  north slope of Springer Creek, about 2J, miles  Division  of  Where located:  On  TAKE NOTICE thatl, Alfred Driscoll/actliVg1  as agent for H. E. Graves, F. M. C. No..5464a,  'Kate Scott. P.M.C. No. -.1307, W. B. Dennison, F.j  M. C. No. 610A, and Frederick Rowbottom, F. M.  CI No. 629a, intend, sixty days from the date  Jhereof, to apply to the Mining Be-;  corder for a certiiicate of- improvements for  the purpose of obtaining a crown grant of tlie  above claim. .,'���'..     'Y  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 21st day of October. 1898. oc-27  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-  1   on Creek on north side of creek.  TIAKE NOTICE thatl, Dan Hanlon, acting as  i an agent for William Harrison .free miner's  certificate No. 20647a, 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 notice that action under  Section 37 must be commenced before the issuance of such certiiicate of improvements.  Dated this jMtli day of September,-1898.  sp29' DAN HANLON.  NeW Denver,  Has been re-opened under new management. The Dining* Room will  always be up 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 find this  hotel just like home.  JACOBSON & CO.  ANDSQO UNE.  For those who want the  BEST.1  when going'  To any point in United States or Canada  T  -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.  8:4.*ik Daily: lv���Den ver Cj Siding���ar: Daily 15 50k  &35k ex.Sumllv N. Denver Ldg: ar ex. Sun.16:00k  NELSON.TaAU,, HOS6LAKO, ETC*.  9:50k ex. Sun: lv N. Denver Ldg: atex.Sun 14.00k ���  1 &��/&'^W^%^&'&' &&��rffr&<W&ty%*&'&'i  NAKUSP. B.C.  WHOLESALE GROCERS  Agents foi; B. C Sugar Refinery' and Royal  Gity Planing. Mills."  Ascertain rates and full information   by addressing nearest local agent or���  G. B. GARRETT, Agent New Denver.  W. F. Anderson, Trav. Pass. Agt., Nelson-  E. J. Coyle, Dist. Pass.-Agt., "Vancouver.  How to get there is via C. P. Ry & Soo Line.  X-jimiteci  Office Store  kelson & Ft. Sheppard  Red Mountain  RAILWAYS  Theonly 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, "Wel~  son, Kaslo,  Kootenay  Xake and   Slocan  Points,  DAILY   SERVICE.  Leave. ; arrive:.  . 6:20 a. m.        NELSON       5:35 p. m  12:05 ''        ROSSLAND      11:20a. m-  8:30 a.m.       SPOKANE      3:10 p.m  -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 Boundary  Creek connect at Marcus with stage dailv.  C. Or. DIXON, Spokane, Wash  INTERNATIONAL     NAVIGATION  & TRADINlTGO.,  LTD.  Summer Time Card effective June 20, 1898.  Subject to change without notice.  A -SELECT LINE OF  CUSTOM-MADE  Overcoats,  November was a disastrous month-for  Monte Christo and Virginia stock. The  former dropped rapidly from H7c. to 8c,  but is now on the upward move, being  quoted by local brokers at 15c. Tlie  mine is shut down, but for what reason  is a mystery. It is said that there are  more than 10,000 tons of low grade ore  in sight underground, and this, if the  average reaches $10 per ton, as it is understood to do, can be profitably handled  when the reduction in treatment at the  Trail smelter, which will take effect on  the advent of Crow's Nest coal.and coke,  is inaugurated. The ; decline'(iri-, the"  Virginia" during the ���'month' was' about  half, and  it is now quoted at 40c, with  All   sorts   of  i   mechanical  toys, Tea Sets,  Tools, Tops and  Masks  Doll Furniture'..  Air Guns  Granite Sets  Games  Iron Trains  ���Rattles  i,  sHorns  .-Mouth,-Organs  Toy Pistols  Music Boxes  Magic Lanterns  Flags, American  and Canadian  SS.   INTERNATIONAL.  Sri'th Bound North Bound  Read down. Kead up.  SANDON  Train Ivs Dally, l.oo pm   Train ar dailv io..-iO am  kaslo ;  ''   ar      ���'       3.-15 pm   Train lv   ''       8.00 am  GBo-U Iv :-*.30 am    ���Kaslo���    Boat ar S.S0 pm ���">  Ainsworth ������      7.30 \mi%  1.30 am  ���< " 5.<K> am  n " r<.?,0 am  ir'Bo,-itar(-.K' am  ^       "     7.15 am  Pilot Bay  Balfour  Five Mile V  Nelson  -' ti.-lSpm =  (1.10 pm7-  '*     5.28 pml?  ,.���,    .   , " lv -l.l.-ipm-"  ="I ram ar 10.05 am Northport Train IvLSSpniX  5       "      1120 am   Rossland "    12.On iim5  3 10 pm'   Spokane  pm-;  S.30 ani(S  SS. ALBERTA.  Read down. , Road up.  Sandon  Daily train lv l.oo pm Daily tram ar 10.50 am.  'Kaslo  " ar 3.45 pm ���*        lv  8.00 am:  ^    Boat lv 5.00 pm Mo&T Boat ar 1.00 [im,  ������"        '���   0.20pm Ainsworth Boat ar 11.40 pin_  3m  7.00 pm   Pilot Bay  r* ���' 10.00pm Kuskonook  ,; 12.00pm Goat River  =�� '*.  1.00 am   Boundary        '���  3 2 ". ar 8.00 am Bonner's "F'rv ' lv  > to Train lv 11.40 am " Train ar  ���^ -    ���*     ar 2.45 pm Spokane      "     lv  11 00 pm S.  s.OO \>m��  <!00 pm^  5.00 pm *^  2.00 pm*c  1.15 pmg  7.50 amco  SPECIAL KOOTENAy LAKE SERVICE*.  CommencitiR .June 20, lSOS'  On Monday, Thursday and Friday ss Alberta  will leave Kaslo 5 p. m. for Ainsworth, Pilot Bay,  and Nelson. Leftvirif,- Nelson at 8 a. m., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, calling: at Pilot Bay,  Ainsworth and Kaslo, and all way points.  GEORGE   ALEXANDER.Gcn'lMc-  P. O. Box 122, .Kaslo, B.C.  MLOCM  TIME CARD  Taking effect- 1.00 o'clock a. ra.  Sept; 1,. 1898,' Pacific or. 120th Meridian time.  Subject to change without notice  istmas  T*Pee-^-^-  OrnamentsCand,es  Leave .8 30 A.M.  "   8 55 '���  '*   9 45 "  " 10 00 "  '��� 10 08 ���'  " 10 20 ������   .  *' 10 34 "  10 45 '  Arrive  3 3d P.M  3 05      "  a lo    "  2 00      "  Arr.  .^O  2.S  15  Kaslo  South Fork  Sproule's  Whitewater  Bear Lake '���  MeGuitraii  Cody Junction ������  Sandon Leave  CODY   LINE.  Leave, ll.ooa.tn ��� Sandon ���   Arrive,  11.m   " Cody Junction Leave,  Arrive, 11.25  "     ���'Cody   ���  ROBT. IRVING,  Traffic Mngr.  GEO P. COPELAND,  Suporintendent  For cneai) railroad and steamship tickets tc  and from ail points, applv t"  S.   CAMPBELL,      " Ai;enr, Sandon.  n..i!'ii.m  U.5o a.m  11.35 a.m  The very  in Christmas  wear direct  New York.  latest  Neck-  from  Orders by  will receive our  Attention.  prompt and  rcful  R. AthertoeGo.utd  Dealer in Gent's Purnishin-zs, Ready Made  Clothing*, -Hats and Caps, Boots and Shoes.  SANDON,  Brandon, B, C,  '���rwm  Assay Price List:  Gold, Silver, or Lead,each  *].5o  Gold, Silver and Lead, combined  3 00  Gold and Silver  ���> oo  Silver and Lead  ����� oo  Copi>er (by Electrolysis)  2 00  Gold, Silver. Copjier and Lead  i 00  Gold and Copj'*r  a 50  Silver and Copper  2 50  Gold. Silver aurl Copper  3 00  Platinum  5 on-  Mercury  *>  Iron or Manganese  ���> 0d  Lime, Magnesium. Barium. Silica, Sulphur, each  2 00  Bismuth, Tin, Cobalt, Nickel. Antimony.  Zinc, and Arsenic, each.  4 oo-  Coal (Fixed Carbon, Volatile Matter. Ash.  and percentage of Coke, if Coking  Coal)'.   Terms: '.Cusli  With Maniple.  June 20th. 1895.  FRANK DICK,  Assayer am;   Analvst THE .LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B,a.vDECEMBElR,l��,  1898.  Sixth iY-jear--  MI Ni'NB: ;RB��^0W^g.;  The followmgJS*-��dmplete446trofcl't'tje  mining transactions recorded^*}^'-1*? we  ���week in the several': miningYcirs'isions of  the Slocan., -Those of "New Dergre" were  as follows:-���    .,       Y*:���.���-;.'  '"'v    ..'..   '���'*���      ���     ASSESSMENTS.  t)EC-0���Naoma. Y'     '"  Dec <���Rohin. Y   .   Y Y    -.���'''  Dec 12���Cube Lode. Chicago .No 2.  TI.AN'SFEKS.'  Dec 7���Rockingham J, W S Taylor to Amos  ���Thompson, Nov sti). ;��� '      - . Y, ; .'-       . '  Queen City. Rocklnsham and Capital ,t, .Amos  Thompson to P "W Ellis,Dec 7.     ��� ���������    ������"':���  Dec 8���England J, A S Brindle to C H B.rindle  Decs.  Dec 9_Winton, E McGregor, G Harris and W  M Martin to the Silver Band Mining Co, Nov 7,  ,- CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS.  Dkc 6��� Naoma, by B C Gold Trust.  Pec 7���Kaslo. Oro and Alma, by D E Sprague  and J S Parker,  Dec 8���Hope No 2, by R Cooper and H Sheran.  -Andrews', "of ���Sheffield, the th fee" first  AINSWORTH   DIVISION.  LOCATION8.  Dec 1���Mohawk, A  R Macdonald and W H  Mon-i8on;"Nij)Isslnff, T R Morrow.- Antheon. A.  R Macdonald; Red Cloud. J S Hicks; McNab, A  C Vanmoerkerke.  ASSESSMENTS.  Nov  30���Wedding Bell,  Joke,**; Esther   May,  Metlakatla.  Dec 1���Edith.  Dec 2���Lucky Edd, Fairview, Beaver, Corona,  Lucky Edd Fraction and Toronto, 2 years.-  Dec 5���Napoll and BLsmark.  '    TRANSFERS.       ,  Dec 2���Wabash, J i* McFarlaue to B Brand  A A Webb and John Tinling.  Dec 3���Royal, John Middleton to A ;C Van-  mGolderBank, Harris, Silver Queen and Yukon,  W L Parnell to Wm Harris.  Dec 6���Agreement between R McFarlane aud  C Plowman to extend option on lohna, ��150.  Agreement between HGrawford and C Plowman to extend option on Treadwell. -  Sunset and Mayflower J, F Nelson to D M  Linnard. _ T , ,   _,    .,    T  Sunset and Mayflower A, E Johnson to Emily J  Linnard and C F Caldwell.  Sf.OCAN   ORE   SHIPMENTS'.  The shipments of ore from  1898,"to date.:.' Y- ���;  From Sandon.  Payne ��� ���  Ruth... ���  Slocan Star..   Last Chance   ������  Sapphire ��� ���  Coin , ���   Wonderful Bird    Sovereign   Wonderful   CM Wilson ���  Treasure Vault ���   Reco.   Wilier Creek   Blue Bird     From Concentrator Siding,  Idaho Mines ���  Queen Bess..   From New Denver.  Bosun....   California   From Whitewater.  Whitewater   Jackson..   Whitewater Deep   From MeGuigan.  Rambler   Antoine..   Native Silver Bell   ,   Total .'.'   July 1st,  Tons.  7.86C  :,6i8  1,097  410  '������'   18Jt  13S-  ll  80��  40  1!)  40  30  1,990  815"*-  387  40  aio  50  39  95  111  30  15,715$  Andrews,   OT   ^nemeiu,   me   imcc   m^i.   *���"���** *���"   *-*-'j-'t"-y*   ��*-*"����    *-"-"r.   "r. ,~  . ,,  named v'beingvdixec��ora.. $rl?' ^^;.��ri%li^sj't;t��^^ ��|>  'tf^-.W^/fcvr&Vr.n"^^ York", arid  two  weeks ago went up-  Y-We'rica: Corporation .'T'* Great "things "are  hoped in, the way of a British Columbia  mining boom Id London. The Le Roi is  well placed on the British market. Almost the entire capitalization of the Le  "fioi was underwritten beforehand. The  purchase of this mine by Lord Dufferin  land his associates and the successful  flotation of the property at such a high  figure as the above should nrdye a great  advertisement to Rossland, -and,,in fact',  to'all Canada, in the wbrWs-nietropoiis.  gradually, English capital allied with  tinadian is securing possession "of the,  valuable British Columbia , properties  opened up by American enterprise,..--- ,,<  ���������.,���'. " ���������-.���<���������  ""' EAST   KOOTENAY.  gold and" copper quartz.    She  was on a  ALLOWED    THE    ;Vri'J��AL,  Full  Court    Settles     a   South    Fork    of  Kaslo    Property.  The Full Court sitting in Victoria on  Wednesday allowed the appeal in Peters  vs. Sampson from the" judgment of the  Chief Justice. A mineral claim called the  Gold,'Cure, ownedjby the plaintiff, was  located on South Fork of Kaslo, ou  August 12th and recorded August 23rd,  1895. The assessment for the first year  was done within the time but was not  recorded until the 26th of the month.  The Bismarck, owned by the defendants,  was located on October 7th, 1S96, in  ignorance of the Gold Cure claim. The  ground common to both claims was the  subject of the action. By an Order-in-  Council of July 2nd, 1896, after reciting  that owing to the lateness of the season  the depth of snow in the mountains prohibited many of the holders of claims  from performing the assessment work required by the Mineral Act during each  year, it was in pursuance of Section 14.3  of the Act which provided: "It shall be  lawful for the gold commissioners  throughout the Province to extend the  time for a peripd of 60 days, to date from  17th day of July, 1896, for the completion  of the assessment work on such mineral  claims as the gold commissioners have  good cause to believe are at this time inaccessible in. consequence ofthe depth ^of  snow that covers the said claims." In  August, 1896', the Gold Commissioner of  the district, acting under the Order-in-  Couucil on the plaintiff's application, extended the time for doing the assessment  which had not been completed to .September 17th, 1S96. The work was actually  finished in time to have been recorded  within the year, and the onh* reason given  for the delay was that the plaintiffs relied  upon the extension. The Gold Cure  people adversed and began action, which  was tried iu Nelson before the Chief  Justice, who gave judgment in favor of  the defendants, and the plaintiffs now appealed. The two points on which the  plaintiffs relied and contended for were  that(i) the Order-in-Council was valid  and intra vires and in accordance with  the Act, and (2) that they are entiiled-to  the benefit of Section 53 ofthe Act, which  provides that no free miner, shall suffer,  for the act of any Government official.  The trial Judge held that under Section  24 the Act provides that if the assessment  work is not done in each and every year  the claim shall be deemed ' vacant and  abandoned, any rule of equity to the contrary notwithstanding. As many claim  holders have relied on extensions under  the same Order-in-Council the judgment  ofthe Full Court will be of great interest.  A dav and a half were taken up with the  argument aud the Court, as stated, allowed the appeal with costs. K. V. Bodwell  and L, V. Duff appeared for appellants  and Messrs. Cassidy and Arthur Davc-y for  respondents.  !.K     1'Oi     I'LO.-V'I'KII.  The long-looked for Le Roi mine is at  last before British investors. Tlie London and Globe Corporation and the  British America Corporation on Saturday invited subscriptions to 200,000  shares of ��0 each, in Le Roi Company,  Limited. The purchase price is ��950,-  000, payable in cash or fully-paid shares,  leaviiur��50,00() for working capital. The  Direeto'-s are the Marquis of Dufferin,  Lord   Loch,   Whitaker   Wright   and   H.  i-'Spokane parties have acquired a controlling* interest in the Horse Shoe group  of-five claims. There is a good showing* of ore.  .Between 2,000 and 8,000 tons of clean  ore is now on the dump of the St.  Eugene mine which will be hauled down  for shipment.  i-Thies and Thompson are running a  tunnel in the hopes of finding an old  qhannel on Perrv creek. The tunnel is  no'w in some 20 feet.  ! As soon as the Canadian Pacific Rail-  wav company gives the mine owners of  Movie a sidetrack, at least five car  loads of ore will leave that place daily  for the smelter.  1 The Banks Bro's have resumed work  oin the Dardanelles claim oti Wild Horse  creek. They have an incline shaft of  200 feet on the vein and haycuow commenced another tunnel 500 feet from  No..l.  Work on the Big Chief is rapidly progressing. Two large houses have been  completed, also a blacksmith shop.  Five tons of rich ore has been packed  from the min?...to Fort Steele, which will  be shipped to Vancouver for treatment.  At the mine two shifts are at work:  There are. now between six and eight  car loads of ore in the bin-at the Lake  Sliore mine, and the owners are taking  out ore at the rate of eight tons to the  shift. They are now making an upraise about' 100 feet in from the mouth  of the tunnel, which will .be continued  clear to the surface, a distance of about  40 feet-,   ��� ''���.,:'���- ..Y'Vy.  itllDWAV.  Work on "the Sailor has been temporally stopped pending the arrival of a  hoist and pump.  The Mother Lode mine, in Deadwood  camp, is the first mining property in  this district to adopt lighting by electricity.  The work of developing the Hecla  claim in Oro Fiuo camp, opposite to  Rock Creek, was resumed during, the  past week.  The shaft on the Waterloo is clown (iO  feet and it is the intention of the management to make connection with the.  old shaft by drifting on the ore body.  A company known as The Rich Cariboo Gold Mining Company has been  formed in Spokane to purchase and develop the Annie L. Fractional mineral  claim.  The Fontenoy has been sold/the first  pavment having been deposited in the  Bank of Montreal, Greenwood. The  property has been purchased for Butte  parties.  On Wednesday the large machinery-  plant recently installed on the Lincoln  and City of Paris properties, in Central  camp, was started up, and everything  worked smoothly.  Sinking in the main working shaft  of the Minnehaha mine, in camp Mc-  Kinnev was resumed on Monday. It is  the intention of the management to  deepen the shaft 100 feet and then to  again drift tq catch and crosscut the  vein.-;         '_   NELSON.  Developments on the Exchequer Gold  Mining- Co.'s property, close to th��  Athabasca, are disclosing a.fine body of  ore. In the shaft the ledge shows 2$  feet wide, giving returns of ��80 in gold.  Toad mountain is becoming the mainstay of this city.  The Athabasca mine is proving a  veritable bonanza and the latest example of its richness has been brought  down from the mine in the shape of*a  gold brick valued at $9,000 The com-  ���panv is clearing about 81,200 a day from  the plates and'they have the concentrates fromthe'tailings^leftj. :; Even with  these returns, the. company is at .present  only milling the ore taken in blocking  out' the ore body and further prospecting and developing it There-are--now  9/-0i l tons of ore on thedump. .-.   . .- .  YMIR.  to the mine. While strolling two miles  from the camp she picked up some rich,  looking rock," and' following up the dilfe  covery, found a vein 20 feet wide,running  right through the mountain. Experts/  were sent out, and pronounced it the big-:,  gest strike ever made up the coast. There  are thousands of .-tons of ore, averaging.  $2oa ton, iir-sightr One piece weighing  ;jiv�� tons waS'.'talc&ii'out last Saturday. It4-  ���will be.sent fd* the-;-Paris exposition, as ijj  gold and copper it runs $50 to the torn-  Mrs. 'Treat's discovery is, it is stateel,  simply, a"' mountain of very rich ore. A"*  large ForceSof men is now developing the.  mine: * The discovery caused great ex��  citenieut in "Vancouver mining circles.  .-&,  JSXCOURAGINO   RKPORTS.  London advices state that encouraging  reports have been received in England  from the Province concerning the Adams,  B. C. Company. Littld has been heard  of them for ���ome.monthi put, although  oteady development work was going on  all the summer on the Mount Adams-  group in the Slocan. The company own*  many claims ' in different parts of the  Province, and it would aeem that on the  Cordick claims,in Summit Camp, Bound- .  ary Creek,the proepecte are encouraging.  Their engineer reports that a ledge ot  considerable width has been disclosed'  carrying gold valueB of about 815 to the  ton.   '  Hallway   Chang*.  Dealers iri  and a complete ime;of'  ARE.BJJCEIVI^ STOCK  GROCERIES SUITABLE-FOR  Eyes tested:ax*idglasses ;;y,y  fitted for any;j(HsitoY'r::;*'A:::-:;'r  Whitewater, B.C.  On and after the first of th�� n��w year,  thrQugh tr,affic.from theimainline of th*  C.P.R. to Nelson, Trail and Rowland'  will transfer, ,at Nakusp for connection  with the south via the Slocan lake route.  This is to be done so as to avoid all  danger from a tie-up this winter of the  bij? steamers in the Narrows below  Nakunp. One boat will look after th��  Lower Arrow Xj&ke busine��s, but the  others will ply between Nakusp and  Arrowhead.. The train service on the  N. & S.; will be improved to-meet th>  increased demand upon the road, while;  the hew tug at Rosebery will assist in  the lake traffic. This arangement will  affect the express, mail, and freight as  well as passengers. This arrangement  should greatly benefit New Denver, as  it will give an'opportunity for.advertisement never before existing. An effort  should bo made to make practical use of  the advantage.  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.  aiRiH BHos.  Wholesale  Wine & Liquor Merchants  ......of SANDON   Carry the finest Stock of Liquors in  the Kootenay Country.  Orders   by  mail  or  wire  ..attended to....  promptly  H. H. Knox,  Has removed to the  Newmarket  ThelO-stamp mill on the ��� Porto Rico  is working without a hitch.  A whim has been installed on the  Evening Star and the development of  the property is proceeding rapidly.-  Ore on the Dundee continues to improve in value. The concentrator plant  is being installed and will be in running shape early in the new year.*-  The new buildings at the Tamarac  are about completed. Water in the  shaft interfered with sinking, but ;i  powerful pump is being, put in to keep  this under. __  NAKUSP    DOINGS.  Tlie new steel steamer Minto will he  finished about Christmas.  A. Bell,: an old timer here, severed  his connection as brakeman with the  C.P.it. last week.  Miss Lewis, the popular school teach-  ar, intends giving a Christinas tree for  the children on Saturday, Dec. 17th.  A goodly number of the youth and  beaut v of "this town attended a ball at  Burton City last Friday'night. They  report having had a splendid time.  Zero.  Rich   Discovery    by   a   Woman.  Mrs. Treat, wife of Manager Treat, of  the Van Anda mine, on Texada island,  has just discovered in a most unexpected  manner an immense  vein  of high-grade  Block and is preija,red**to repair  every description of  Disabled  Watches.  ���Nil  ASLO hotel  Family & Commercial.  arge  And  Comfortable  Rooms  Fitted with every modern  convenience. Special protection ao-ainst fire. Rates $2.50  and $3 per day.  COCKLE & PAPWORTH,  Proprietors.  The  Nakusp,  I.s :i.comfortable hotel for travellers  to stop at.  Mrs. McDougald.  FRED J. SQITIEE  Nelson. B. C.  Merchant Tailor.  Full Line  of Suitings and  Trouserings always on hand.  Dress  Goods,  Latest novelties  in Dress Goods for  Summer and Fall  wear; also ready-  made Clothine",  Neck wear, Hats,  and Caps, Boots  and 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 show- window.  Yve are displaying a fine line of  novelties.  McLaehlan <�� McKay,  New Denver.  .-; RAISINS, :eURRANTSY  *Y  ? ���������*;"*.-AND: CANDIED   PEEL   FOR  CHOIOE ,TEAS:A-ND"-COI?FEESv ��������� ONTARIO APPLES, .; "SICILY 'LEMONS  :   :A*ND CALTFORNIA ORANGrES.Y.MANY DELICACIES IN CANNED  ;'';'.   ' GfOOpS. ������ QI^ATIXDN^SENT TO ANY P&llTWMdo^^A^ry.  ROSSLAND  .     Okanagan Lake,  P. O. BRUCE'S LANDINO  For the convenience of the trade a stock is always kept on hand in the  Jelland Building:, SANDON, Mines supplied at wholesale rates. Cars  loaded with Produce, Fruits and Vegetables are run into tbe Slocan every  T!EN DAYS, and orders can be delivered en route.  Dealers in  Hardware,  Tin  and   Graniteware,  ,     Miners' Supplies, Paints, Oils, Glass and Putty, Doors & Windows.  . ';  A-,SL.OG.AM.CITY^B-C- ������'������'.:  The  "-S>-S>  Palace  IJSt SArit>Oft  ���:3>-*��>**Ss<S^Sv^>  Hastern  Oysters,   Tender  \ Chickens   and    everything-  t the   Market   affords  in  the  f way of df-licious and.  ocan  f palatable food can be found  *a,The Palace  a     Strangers and others are  Is the  . , Best-equipped  . . Restaurant  . ... in the Slocan  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.  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 'Denver, B.C.  DR. MILLOY,  Rooms in Reco Hotel. Sandon.  \ requested to call on us when  9 hunger torments their inter-  4} nal anatomy. If John Is not  f on shift you are sure to find  Charley  It never Closes  and the proprietors aim  to please their patrons  in every  way possible.  Millard.& Thompson.  -%.^.^^^^**^-^-*V^'*��k-*V*fe, ���^^'^"^'V'%^-*t^'^-*ft.-%.*%.-V-*.-*^'^-^  NEW DENVER,   B. C.  Provides ample and pleasant accommodation for the traveling public.  Telegrams for rooms promptly attended to.  STEGE & AVISON,       -       .-,.:-.    -       - ..Proprietors.  ATLANTIC STEAMSHIP TICKETS.  To and from European points via Canadian  and American lines. Apply for sailing dates,  rates, tickets and full information to any C. P.  Ry agent or��� ���'':.:.'  '        Y G. B. GARRETT.-.   ;. ,  C. P. R. Agent. New Denver.;  WM. STITT, Sen. S. S. Agt,, Winnipeg.      '   ;  BRICK  FOR   SALE.  JOHN   GOETTSCHE,  ���XEW DENVER.  BROOCHES  PENDANTS  NECKLACES  BRACELETS  From the immense stock of*. Watches  in Solid  Gold, G-old Filled or Silver Cases, in all sizes  from the  smallest  in  Lady's to  those  suitable for the most severe work.  Set with Diamonds  Emeralds, Opals, Pearls,  Rubies and Olivines  ���"^"Everything in clocks for either Office, Hall,  Mantle or Bedroom. -There is nothing in British  Columbia as good in Jewelery and Silverware.  The Well-Known and "Reliable Moriden Britannia Hollow-ware and  1847 Rogers Bros. Knives, Forks and Spoons. Goods bought in  this store will be ENUMVKD FREE. Orders   by  mail  promptly  attended to. JACOB DOVER, Nelson, B. C. 

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