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The Ledge Dec 16, 1897

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Array n^i^L^y  Canada and Canada's mines certainly  cannot complain at tlie treatment meted  out to them during- the year now drawing-rapidly to a close, for it is no exaggeration    to   say   that   both   have,  ���throughout   the    ycaiy engaged    the  earnest attention  of all  Europe.    Ontario's   mineral    resources   had    been  taken for granted without any show of  excitement ; British Columbia's claims  had been   accorded   only a luke-warm  reception.   And then came the Yukon-  Klondike rush, and with a wonderful  display   of interest   on   the part of the  public in Canadian mining matters���an  interest which has been kept alive by  tlie steady stream of sensational cables  regarding the riches of the far northern  gold   field, mostly,   it  may be noted,  emanating from New  York.    Already  thirty-three companies have been registered in London  to carry on mining,  transport   or    trading    companies   in  Klondike, and   about   a third of these  have   already appealed to the public.  Many of  the'm have   composite titles,  apparently to enable the managers to, if  necessary, shut up shop in Klondike and  toddle off down to Kootenay or Cariboo,  o Although this feverish excitement about  the Yukon is  to be regretted in the best  interests of Canadian mining, it must be  admitted  that   it has done much to call  public, attention  to tbe mineral  potentialities of   the   Dominion, and  should  render  the   task   of   raising   capital in  Europe for   the.   development of   your  mines far  more easy than  might  have  1   otherwise been the case.    It was certainly  responsible  for the inauguration of a  market for Canadian mines in  the London Stock Exchange, for although this is  nominally known as the 'YB. C. market,"  it is understood that those constituting  it do not intend to limit their operations  to B. C. only, but propose to include and  deal in Canadian   mines  generally.    At  ."**������"..   / the present moment  there is  not a big  e1ar.^'' business   doing     in   Canadian   mining  ^3'     shares, but it is  firmly believed in well  '"'      informed  quarters  that  the spring will  witness a revival of activity in promoting  companies   for  the exploration of Klondike,  and  may  even see a real boom in  Canadian  mines.    It is certainly significant   that financiers   of  the  caliber of  Whitaker Wright and Horatio Bottomley  should exhibit such   a  keen  interest in  British 'North American mining matters.  One   would   have   thought   that   West  Australia would have engaged  all their  attention ; butapparently that is not the  case, and the  former is so keen on B. 0.  that he has already formed a hugh company, with a capital of ��1,500,000, which  is to  do great things in the Kootenay,  and possibly elsewhere. The great financial  Horatio   is, I  know, very keen   on  Canadian  mining, and  I  hope to interview him for you at an  early date.    In  another direction we have the Transvaal  goldfields, whose ��1  shares stand in the  ��� Stock  Exchange   to-day   at ��5, and its  Cassiar concessions.    When  West Aus-  stralia and   Kaffir groups   such as these  begin to  desert their native pastures for  fresh grazing grounds, it is obvious that  there is more than ���mere  sentiment behind  the  enthusiasm  which   has  been  shown in Canadian   mining matters  in  the present year.    It may  be  taken for  granted that  firms   like  those   I   have  mentioned,   not  to  speak of a  host of  'other  good   names,   who   have already  signified their  frenfUiness to Canada, do  not   depart   from   their   beaten   tracks  without first of all having satisfied themselves that there is  every probability of  a  golden  reward  attaching  to their enterprise.    You  will   not  forget that the  sagacious    "Barney"    Barnato   himself  hoped to be largely interested in British  Columbia,   and   had,   indeed, an   agent  representing him   and   his  interests  in  that  province  at  the time of his sensational   suicide.     Everything   points   to  increasing  interest  being  shown in the  developments of the mining fields of the  Dominion, as it is highly probable that  the hundred   or   so   Canadian   mining  companies which were  born  in London  will be largely  augmented  early in the  new year, by the inception of numerous  concerns, formed  to acquire and  work  mining properties in all parts of the vast  territory, known under the comprehensive definition of British North America.  The accompanying table will give some  idea of the interest that has already been  aroused in Canada's mines. I have made  the list representative, and although not  all   those   quoted   in   it   can be said to  possess ''a free  market" in  the London  Stock Exchange, quite a number already  change hands daily,  notably  B. C. Developments  (not the  Association), Hall  Mines, Dundeee���who have, 1 believe, a  London    register���Fairview,   Gold   Explorers of  Canada,  Lilloet,  and  Eraser  River, Mikado (Ontario), Waverley, Re-'  cordia and Yanconver Regina, and poor,  disappointing Galena. The dredging  companies have not so far been taken  very seriously, and the delays in getting  to work, as described at the meeting of  the Golden River Quesnelle and other  companies engaged in the same,branch  of mining   are   not exactly encouraging.  Kootenay has a number of friends in  this city, and will probably attract a  large amount of capital from England,,  especially if Colonel Peyton and United  States Senator Turner succeed in placing  the Le Roi on the London market.  That's what Canada wants badly, the  introduction to the British public of  several really good Canadian dividend-  paying mines, which,, by their steady  interest yield, would concentrate the  attention of tlie investor, and lead him  to freely subscribe for less developed,  but perhaps equally promising propositions.  Recent features in the market have  been the rig in Recordia syndicates,  which were forced up to ��5 for the ��1  share, by those at the back of this moderately capitalized company; and the  heavy slump in Vancouver Syndicates,  following the dire disappointment experienced at the delay in opening up the  Galena mines, afterwards accentuated  by Mr. Comiskey's doleful utterances  at the meeting of the syndicate. Then  Hall Mines have been fluctuating sharply, because it is not yet certain whether  the company, even if it pay a dividend  to the ordinary shareholders, will he  able to satisfy the expectation of the  shareholders.  Among  the  finance and development  companies,  B.  C.  Development Association (the   Skagway   Bass people) have  not been   much   cheered   by  the  news  regarding  their  route,  and  suggestions  for alternate and more  attractive trails,  to run right through Canadian territory  to the   Klondike.    Tbe  B.   C.   Development Co. (not to  be  confused  with the  Association) is  understood to have done  very well  over   the   Fairview  flotation,  and both its securities and its offspring's  shares are well held. Lilliooet and Fraser  river mines have  been  very dull, and I  am anxious  to  bear  what   Mr.  Home-  Payne   will   have   to say to   the shareholders when he next meets them. Poor  Galena   became   practically   unsaleable  with  Vancouver  syndicetes  some  time  ago, and  even  London and B. C. Gold-  fields have slipped  away.    On the other  hand, Ontario properties have been firm,  and   the   Mikado���now   a  producer���is  being  held   for  better prices.    There is  not at  present a market  for Canadian  Pacific Exploration shares, but the news  regarding  the    company's   Porto   liico  group is very encouraging.    The Tupper  (Jo's have not set the  Thames on  fire,  but I hear that Sir Charles  has decided,  very sensibly, on some drastic changes  in the program of  the New Goldfields of  B. C. which may prove to the advantage  of both  Sir Charles and those who invested  their money  owing  to  his connection  with   the   concern.     The real,  original   Goldfields of  B. C.  are going  along satisfactorily,  and  their first offspring,  the   Waverley,  is   expected to  be  a shipper  by   Christmas.    Ontario,  Limited, has attracted a certain amount  of support, but Invicita's are dull, i.ncl  I think the premium  on  Duncan mines  was a little premature. Big 'Valley creek  seems a hopeless  district." The Dawson  City Transport and Trading Co. was also  quoted at a premium, but 1 do not think  these  very  transparent   efforts  deceive  the   public   now-a-days.     They    might  have done, say fifteen years ago, but the  investor  is   shrewder   aud   more  wide  awake at the end of the century than he  was even at the  end of  the  first Kaffir  boom.  At the goldfields meeting Mr. Grant-  Goviin referred to the formation of  another subsidary concern, the Tangier,  which has been underwritten to the  directors and their friends to the extent of ��25,000. No prospectus has been  issued, ami only ��25,000 was offered.  Altogether ��48,000 has been offered, so  that the issue has been subscribed twice  over. The property acquired is next  the Waverley, at Albert Canyon.  There have been several meetings this  month. At the Vancouver Syndicate  Mr Comiskey had a dismal tale to unfold  about the Galena mines, and the disappointing results attending the opening  up of this largely over-capitalized property. The presence of zinc was reported  to be the latest disturbing factor. The  shares fell to lid., afterwards recovering  to 2s. lid.  Much more cheerful was the meeting  of the Gold Fields of British Columbia,  and tlie Waverley mine, Limited, convened to hear an account of the pilgrimage of Grant Govan and Col. Austey to  Albert Canyon. Mr. Govan waxed  eloquent, and backed his statements by  some splendid samples of ore taken from  the Waverley. Mr. Grant Govan, who  left for Scotland for amonth's holiday to  day assured me that he (irmly believes  that in the -Waverley member, of'the Albert Canyon group his company has another Broken Hill Proprietary mine.  Joint stock enterprise has been less  active and tlie promoter is now waiting  for the turn of the year before .launching,  a hundred prospectuses, many of which  are already in type to my own knowledge, and all of which identify themselves with Canadian mining. Among  recent issues was tlie Dawson City  (Klondike) and Dominion Trading Co.,  Limited, which, with a capital of ��f'il)0,-  000, was brought out at the end of  October. The chief feature of the prospectus was the indecent way in which  the promoters exploited the advisory  board, consisting of Turner, Porley and  Bascowitz. The London Statist, probably the leading financial weekly organ in  this country, severely censured this  system of exploiting government officials  and pointed out the way in which such  practices were likely to mislead the  English public. I believe tbe response  of the public was very poor; certain it is  that one of the London directors, General Sir Michael Biddulph, tendered his  resignation before the company went to  an allotment.  British Columbia has, so far, obtained  the doubtful credit of introducing a lot  of wild cat companies this year to the  notice of the investor. The latest was  the B. C. Exploitation and Gold Estates,  Limited, which, with a capital of ��200,-  000, proposes to imitate the Golden River  Quesnelle Co., Ltd., and which started  by imitating its prospectus most, beautifully, a fact which was sufficiently  proven by the energetic Financial News,  a paper which has done more, in conjunction with one or two other leading  organs, to educate the country on Canadian affairs than all the rest of the  press combined. This company was not  taken at all seriously, and,was somewhat  roughly handled.  Two other companies brought out by  one group, were the Duncan Mines, Ltd.,  capital ��150,000, issued 50,000, a pros-  pectory development, mining and agency  company, and tbe Queen Bess Proprietory Company, Limited, capital ��120,-  000, in shares of ��1 each, G(5,(>G7 of which  were offered. This company proposes to  acquire a group known as the Queen  Bess claims, situated in the Slocan. In  this case we had a parent and first offspring appealing for the support of the  public cheek by jowl. We fancy that  the whole thing was rushed, because it  was found necessary to make certain  corrections by post in the prospectus of  the latter company. These companies  were really brought out by the Dominion  Mining, Agency and Development Co.,  which is represented in British Columbia  by Captain Duncan, and in London by  Mr. C. S. Drummond.  On of the features of the month was  the arrival of Colonel Peyton and United  States Senator Turner, who are staying  at the Hotel Cecil, and whose object is  the sale of the famous Le Roi mine to  an English company. The arrangements  are not complete; but I need hardly  point out that if such a splendid dividend payer were placed here it could  but assist in the popularising of Canadian mining enterprise in Europe. I  believe that the price asked is $750,000  to $1,000,000. Let us hope that the  vendors will demand at the outset that  this property is nof over-capitalised, as  has been the case in other companies,  doomed at the outset of their career in  order to gratify the avarice of the promoter.  Another feature was the exhibition by  Mr. McGarvey, of Toronto, of a huge  quantity of Rossland auriferous ores.  The show attracted much attention, and  I several times found large crowds with  their noses glued to the windows, evidently believing the exhibit came from  the Klondike.  I am glad to be able to tell you that  definite steps are being taken to form a  Canadian Chamber of Mines in this  country. This is a project which will  recommend itself to every true friend of  Canada. I. hope to send'you fuller particulars next month.  Aji{)V(!f.i:it(-(l.  Although the band boys were very in-  graciously treated   at   Slocan  City   last.  week owing to the awkwardness  of the  committee in charge, their presence was  greatly  appreciated,   as   the   following  from the Pioneer will show:���"Under  the continuous leadership of Mr. J. A.  Millward the New Denver band has be-  comea musical organization of exceptional merit. On Monday they were placed  at a disadvantage, much to' the regret of  the visitors aud citizens by the eontinu-  oub snow, bnt the members showed that  they were patriotic residents of the  Klondike district of British Columbia by  weathering it out and playing stirring  airs in front of the. mineral exhibit and  the leading hotels and business houses  of the city during the afternoon. They  gave a lively tone to everything about  the city and added much to the general  enjoyment of the  day."  F. Carriere,who sometime ago threatened to shoot Sir Wilfrid Laurier, has  been confined in the asylum at Brock-  ville,Ont.  Dr. Hamilton Wright, of Montreal,  who lias been attending Cambridge  University. England, has received a  scholarship from that college, of the  value of fifty pounds.  The Department of Militia at Ottawa  are considering a scheme for establishing an armed force in the Kootenay and  British Columbia district. Recruits will  be chosen from the different towns in  the Kootenav.  Judge  Another   AVail   l<-rom    Crow's    Ni'st.  London Dec. 9.���There is considerable  feeling in different parts of Wales as a  result of the receipt of a large number of  letters from emigrants to Canada, telling grievous stories of their experiences,  some of them going so far as to say that  they would be justified in cursing the  day when they were induced to emigrate  to the Dominian.  Most of the letters come from navvies  or railrord laborers. One of the latest  letters received in Cardiff from a miner  who emigrated from that city and is now  working on the Crow's Nest Pass railroad, lias created a sensation, especially  as several parties are in process of formation with the view of emigrating to  the Dominion next spring. The letter  is a lengthy one, but its principal plaint  is as follows:  "We are nearly 200 miles away from  any town. We have had to find our own  blankets, buckets, brushes and light,  and everything costs five times as much  as you have to pay at home. We have to  walk fourteen miles to post this letter,  and get paid only once a month, then  they keep fifteen days in hand, so that  they can easily give one dollar and a-half  a day. If you know of anybody coming  out let them know that they may come  over for ��4 17s. Ikl., but that great care  will be taken that they do not get away  from here, as it will cost about ��15 in  railway fares. I have seen any number  of Welshmen here, but they are leaving  as fast as they come, only to starve on  the prairie."  Soldier-; r">v   Kootenay.  TlIK  RUSH  TO   ki.o.vdiki:.  As evidence of tlie interest displayed  by English financiers in the Yukon I  have prepared a little list of the companies registered this year (and many  already formed) up to the middle of  November, the primary object of whose  creation is the exploitation of the now  famous gold fields:  Capital.  Dawson City (Klondike) um. Dominion  Trading Co.. Ltd. ei.iOO.ooo  Steamship -'Yukon" Co., Ltd T.ooo  Klondike and Yukon Alining Co . Ltd lu.iini.i  Old Klondike Pioneers Minim:. Trading ond Exploration Co.. Ltd li.8nn  North-Western Pioneers,  Ltd i.'7,ono  Ten 'Million'Acres Syndicate. Ltd m.ii.ri  Yukon Gold Pioneers, Ltd 10 i.ikxi  United Goldfields of Alaska and British  Columbia. Ltd   North's British Columbia and Klondike  Syndicate,   Ltd 10.,-y.io  Klondike Cold Reefs Exploration Co.,  Ltd   Klondike-Yukon Prospectors, Ltd   Klondike Prospectors and Financiers.  Ltd      Columbia Klondike and Alaska Gold-  field.**. Ltd   British J?Iin,' Klondike Gold Enterprise.  Ltd,   (Guarantee.)   British and Californian Klondike Exploration Co.. Ltd      British Klondike Mines and Finance  Co., Ltd ;   New Klondike Goldfinders. Ltd   Klondike and Columbian Goldiields. Ltd.11.0.Ox  Klondike and North-West Territory  Exploration Co., Ltd ' OO.'XKl  . .ino.oiKi   L'.O(II)  i'1.000  ..l'Ki.oon  . ...1S.OM  The militia department at Ottawa is  considering" a scheme for the organization of a rifle corps as a part of the  active militia in Southern British Columbia. At present, if any trouble  occured in any of the mining camps of  Kootenay. no force is available to aid  the civil authorities in maintaining law  and order. As it is a mountainous  country a special uniform will be provided.' This will consist of a felt hat,  jacket, cartridge belt, breeches and  gaiters They will be armed with Lee-  Enfield rifles.' The corps will lie recruited from among British subjects at  Sandon, New Denver, Nelson. Rossland  and other points. 'The New Denver  brass hand will apply for the appointment as regimental band. As it is the  oldest, and most ellicien-- mtisirial organization in the mountains there is no  reason why it should not receive the  I app >intinent.  Catch  on Wliilo Vou   Have   the Chance.  The voters' lists are now being made  up. Every British subject,male, twenty-  one years of age and of one year's residence in the Province is entitled to a  vote.    If that means you   and   you  are  not on the list you are not true to your  country's interests. There are blank  forms enough at the Licixm office to  make every eligible in New Denver a  voter. Come in and sign your name.  The editor of this journal will do the  rest. Get a move on for the lists will be  closed soon.    Turn the   rascals out.  Dartnell, of Whitby, while  holding. Revision Court at Longford  Mills, some nine miles from Orillia, was  stricken with apoplexy. He was'conveyed to tlie Orillia Hotel, where he is  now slowly improving.  Frank J. Watson, division freight  agent of the Grand Trunk at Stratford,  has been appointed to succeed A. H.  Harris, as district freight agent at Montreal. John Hanna 'will' be sent to  Stratford to fill Mr. Watson's place.  Two convicts, Lawrence and ireburn  by name, after escaping from Kingston  prison, played the role of Salvationists,  and were kept and fed by a member of  the Army, whom they managed to bamboozle by their praying and singing.  The Government Inspector of fruit,  trees for Essex County, Geo. H. Mills,  lias reported that over '2,000 fruit trees  in the Southern portion of that county  are infected with the San Jose scale.  Many of the trees will have to be destroyed.  Madame Marcella Sembrich,thegreat  Polish singer, made her first.appearance  before a Toronto audience this week,  and succeeded in winning a first place  in the estimation of the musical world  of that city. Her husband acts as her  accompanist.  An insurance agent of, Paris, Out., D.  Hogarth, was sandbagged and robbed  by two highwaymen on Tuesday night,  while on his "way to a neighboring  agents with some money he had collected that day. His injuries are of a very  serious nature.  The collector of customs at Montreal,  R. S. White, states that business in  Montreal is better this fall than it has  been for many years. The customs  co'lections for November being $80,000  in excess of those of last year's corresponding month.'  Thomas and Matthew Thompson,who  so seriously beat W. M. Sawyer, at  Maple Lake, some months ago, 'that he  afterwards died from his injuries, have  been found guilty of'manslaughter, and  sentenced to 23 months in Central  Prison, Toronto.  Two small hoys, Fred Home and  Gordon Robinson, each about eight  years old, wen; drowned while playing  on the thin ice on a creek in Oshawa,  where they had eone after school hours,  without tlie knowledge of their parents.  The bodies were found lying near, to  gether.  attended by about .300 guests. The  colors of the College���red and black���  were carried out in the decorations of  the dinuing-room. The menu card was  a thing of beauty. On the entrance of  the Governor-General a loyal welcome  was accorded him and a rousing chorus  "For he's a jolly good fellow" was sung  by the company.  Lord and Lady Aberdeen are endearing themselves to the Toronto people  by their lavish hospitality, and also by  their kindly interest in 'anything, and  everything in which they are called  upon" to participate, whether a ball, a  conceit, a visit to the hospitals, the  opening of the Legislature or a visit to  the flower show, it matters not what it  is, their Excellencies are ever the most,  gracious and interested of the guests.  Lt.-Col. Strathy, Commandant of the  5th Royal Scots, Montreal, and A.D.C.  to the" Governor-General, Lord Aberdeen, sometime ago violently attacked .  Maj.-Gcn. Gascoigne through the press,  charging him with incompetency, lack  of decision and innumerable other  things. The Minister of Militia, Dr.  Borden, was called upon to act in the  matter,and the result is that the Colonel  is dismissed from the service, although  still retaining his A.D.C.ship. Major  Ibhetson has been appointed Commandant in his stead.  St. Andrew's Day was celebrated  throughout the Province by the gathering of the Scots to eat their favorite (?)  dis'h���Heggis���to the accompaniment of  "The Cock of the North" from the bagpipes. In Toronto the St. Andrew's  Society held their 61st annual assembly  tit the'Queeirs Qotel, at which His Excellency, Lord Aberdeen, was an honored and enthusiastic guest. Many  greetings from brother societies were  received and read. Milwaukee's greeting ran thus : "Let's drink a health to  Scotland yet, wi' bickers fu and scalin',  the Gordons at the Dargal Ridge, wha  says that Scotia's failin ?"  The opening assembly of the Ontario  Legislature on Tuesday, Nov. 30th, 1897,  will be a memorable one in the annals  of Canadian history, as it is the first  time that a Governor-General has been  present at such a function. Sir Oliver  Mowat, the new Lieutenant-Governor  of Ontario presented a striking appearance in his gala attire of gold lace and  cocked hat. The Countess of Aberdeen  held an informal reception at the close  of the opening ceremonies. A very  pleasant feature of the gathering- was  ie. pre  r. J. J  Mr. J. Hoskin's, Q C, of a portrait of  Sir, William Ralph Meredith, Chief  Justice of the Queen.s Bench.  Three trainmen were asphyxiated in  the G.T. 11. tunnel under the St. Clair  river between Sarnia and Port Huron,  last Sunday .night. The train of 27  heavilv-loaded  freight  The Emperor of Japan has sent to  Sir Wm. \iiii Home a gift of magnificent china vases and placques, as a  token of his appreciation of Sir William's kindness to the Marquis I'to,  while travelling through Canada last  summer on his way to the Jubilee celebration in England.  urea iioy, has  the murder of  has been sen-  the lib  dav of  ; in  Hid  Th<*   Vancouver   Jliiu*.  Five carpenters will be put to wor  the next few days on a bunk house,  other buildings to be erected at the \Tan-  couver, the valuable Four Mile property.  As soon as completed a large force of  miners will be put to work and tbe mine  will ship large quantities of ore this  winter.  James Allison, the  been proven guilty of  Mr-* Ambony '< >rr. aud  fenced to be hung on t  February. The accused received his  sentence of death with as bold a countenance as if he were but receiving a  slight reprimand fora small fault.  The trial of Wm. -I. Hammond, at  Bracebridge, Out., for poisoning his  wife, Katie Tough, came, to an end on  Dec. 3rd. and ou the L8th day of February, 1898, the accused man will reap the  consequence of his evil crime, and end  his life upon the gallows. The crime  was committed for the purpose of obtaining the insurance money upon her  life. Verily "money is the root of all  evil," or. more correctly, "the love of  money."  The Canadian Pacific Railway has  made a big reduction in freight rates,  from 28 cents to 2" cents per .100 pounds,  from Fort William to Montreal and to  other points east, where the rate has  been 28 cents. This is a very important reduction and will Vie of.much  benefit to farmers, as they can now sell  their wheat for shipment to St. John,  instead of having to pay storage,  through the. winter.  Trinity Medical College held its 2<Jth  annual dinner at the Arlington Hotel,  Toronto, on Dec. 2nd It was called  the Diamond Jubilee  Banquet anil was  cars left Port  Huron tunnel yards'in charge of Conductor Arthur Dunn with two brakesmen, Wm. Potter and John Dalton.  The engine-driver, J. P Courtney, of  Port Huron, and fireman Duncan were'  in the cab. All went well until the  ascent on the Canadian side was commenced,when the coupling-pin between  the first and second cars broke and the  train ran back. The engine went onto  the tunnel yards, where it left the one.  car. and then ran back again into the  tunnel for the missing 2(5 cars, but the  unfortunate men must have been overpowered by the deadly gas. as when a  searching parly went into their assistance Driver Courtney. Conductor Dunn  and John Dalton were dead. The other  two men. though badly overcome, have  recovered.  I*i>li<:<'   ItnrriM'ks.  It is understood that the mounted  police, will establish barracks at the new  townsite of tbe Fast Kootenay Valley  Company at the crossing of Flk river. It  is to lie the headquarters of the police  during the construction of the Crow's  Nest railway, There are several bund-  red men working in the vicinity and  this number will be increased to about a  thousand when a particularly heavy  piece of work is begun, sometime before  spring.           Provincial Surveyors.  At a recent meeting of the Provincial  Land Surveyors Association the following officers were elected : F. C. Gamble, president; F. Fletcher, vice-president : W. S. IL Holmes, see.-trc.is.: R.  E. Palmer, T S. Gore and C. A. Stoess,  executive, committee.  Tin*  Two   I'-ru-ndx.  Three additional men were put on at  the Two Friends last week, and it is the  intention of the management to still  further add to the force in a short time.  An assay from the recent strike showed  (IBS ounces silver and 9.43 per cent. lead.  r&m^^K&3&gM^Z.$^  iB-sraw-w*^^ THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., DECEMBER 16, 1897.  Fifth Year  The Romance of a pine  HADKE.V    UP,  Silv  chart  Islet is  a   mere  Lake   Superior,  ���ipc.ck   on the ;  As it   rose j  from the water  when  its  richness was j  first discovered, it  was  not  unlike the j  crown of a human skull in   outline, nor |  so very much larger.    It was forty feet ���  broad, seventy feet long and rose, at its \  crest four feet above the calm sea.    Ex-j  posed to the  fury of    Lake  Superior's;  wildest .storms for a sweep of 200 miles.!  it was  kept   clean of   everything but'  solid rock,   with   every   wave driving j  over it. and  for months in the year it j  scarcelv saw a dav when the surges did i  ���   , i  not beat   around   its   rocky  base anuj  wash its crest.    It had not vegetation i  save what   might spring up  in  a few j  weeks of the summer calm.  Yet on   this island   was  for   fifteen j  year's one of the world's greatest and \  most famous-mines.    Hundreds of men  were employed there winter and sum-1  mer.     One year's   production   of fine j  silver reached a million dollars.    Fin-:  ally, as the result   of a  mischance and >  the drunken carouse of the .skipper of a :  coal ship, the   mine   and works  were ;'  closed down.   The great engines,   the;  largest that at that time had  been put |  into a mine in American,  are  idle .and '  rusting; the shafts,  drifts  and   slopes j  filled    with    water;    the    workshops, ]  buildings and  the tremendous   break-:  water that once seemed able to defy  the   most   terrible   storm    that   might  drive against it, are fast going to pieces  with   every gale; the   immense   mill,  with its famous equipment of vanners  and batten'.'.s,  is  in  ruins, and the village that once stretched fora mile along  the main shore has for its sole occupant  a loney caretaker, whose nearest neighbor is "at Port Arthur, -25 miles away,on  the Canadian shore.  The story of this once great property  is not only' interesting, but it points a  moral to the miner's ambitions to quickly earn dividends. Dry and musty  documents have been searched to find  it. Sibley, Frue, Trowbridge, Ward,  and every other man connected with its  early history, is dead, though it is only  '25 years since the mine was at its  prime. The papers in the New York  office of the company are scattered or  destroyed; But now'it is 'proposed to  renew operations there, to rebuild the  mammoth Avorks, to bar out the sea by  another breakwater, to lift out the  millions of   tons   of water in the old  workings, and to, search for the rich,  veins of silver that were beginning to  show themselves when the mine was  eclipsed.  Silver Islet is an unnamed dot forming a one-niue-thousandth part of a  location granted by the crown to the  Montreal Mining (Jompanv about the  year 1809. When surveying the 1.2,000  acres comprised in the'grant the employees of the company had occasion to  plant stakes on the little wave-swept  rock. They noticed a mineral vein in  ���which occurred galena. This vein ran  clear across the" islet and was twenty  feet wide, and in it could be seen galena  almost pure, in little cubes, distributed  thickly over the surface. Metallic  silver, the pure article, was also to he  seen. A single, shot was sufficient to  dislodge all'the vein matter carrving  silver that showed above the water, but j streaks began to fail, or,more probably,  the ore  was traced on  calm  days   in j <*-���_*-' rich  portion ^of the vein had been  boats some distance out and the nuggets   '    '   '"" *"'" "" "  "''   *"' *" *"  of pure silver were   seen   to   be more  all it contained would have become the  absolute property of a claim jumper,  who had secured'an act of council giving him certain islands contained in the  limits of the grant, including the, mine,  ami who was about to take possession  when the new government came in  and reversed tlie ruling of its predecessor.  No reports were made by the directors  of the mine for two years, but in the fall  of 1872 they showed that they had received from the/mine *SMf>0,000' and had  paid .S27o,000 in dividends, while the  construction of works to keep out the  water had cost them nearly ��200,000.  They added that the mine without ques-  tion'tlie most remarkable silver mine  in the world. In the two years they  had transformed a wilderness into a j  thriving and industrious settlement of  several thousand souls; they had built  a church, school houses, stores, a j  custom-house, a post office and substantial dwellings for over oOO miners : j  they made it the best harbor of refuge  for'over 100 miles; had a system'of  lighthouses and range lights, extensive  wharves protected-by massive breakwaters and a sectional dry dock for repairing vessels, the only' one west of:  Detroit, 500 miles away. The islet,  not a seventh of an acre in extent, had  been made to cover two acres, and instead of a danger of being daily submerged by the waves, it was covered  by heavy' buildings filled with costly  machinery.  Not up to that time, and quite, possibly not since, had any operations so  costly and extensive ever been carried  on for the purpose of winning ore, and  never have the forces of nature been so  tremendous and hard to overcome as on  this speck out in the free sweep of Lake  Superior, open for from 200 to 250 miles  for every wind that blew from any  direction' but the north.  In the winter of 1871 and '72, storms  swept the islet time after time. Nearly  the entire works Avere washed away.  More than 15,000 tons of rock and-in one  storni (500,000 feet of timber wore broken  and driven off. The shallow workings  were filled with water, the Islet and all  the ruins left on it Avere covered Avith  ice and the supply of timber for fuel  and crib Avork was almost gone. What  outlook could have been more forbidding? But the struggle was continued  Avith more zeal than before. Rewards  offered for the discovery of a pinery  brought to light a forest'within reasonable distance*" on the mainland, thirty  miles away, and the Avorks were, quickly  replaced. ' Before the opening of navigation the next spring, disaster again  overtook the mine, and it seemed as if  the sea would regain all its lost ground  and overwhelm the entire undertaking  in complete ruin. Then cribbed and  rock-filled breakwaters, bound by iron,  were laid on the most exposed side, to  the width at bottom of .75 feet, and  though they were built up 20 feet above  the water the seas Avould occasionally  SAveep clean over them. Stone and  hydraulic cement Averesunkas a casing-  all around the shafts, making a solid  and water-tight wallmany feet thick.  Despite the interruption of storms  and delays from lack of supplies, the  mine in the next vear sent out over  SI.000,000    in    silver.     Soon   its   pay  irobably,  A   SKlil'KI. TO  '���eilODl.K  1XPIP.N."  AVull I liiii- Iu speak a train  Tip lll.-lli' Wl'HII*. ':' 1111110?  Kiel]', o'clock, an' \vei:l I ken  The si-.liuK-jrninrs in nr nine.  Little li:uids me Ijut to ^aiifr  And fete li the ninekle wimp���  O, ve sleepy lieidet. rofrues,  Wall ye Vtuken up ?  Never inillier h:id sic: f.-uiidi!���  Xo' ii inoineni's ease!  Clecd Tain as ye like, at nieht,  Mis breeks are through the knees,  Thread is no' for hiin ava'���  It never hands the yrup ;  Maun I speak, airaiu. ye routes���  Willi ye \vanken upV  Tain, the very last to bed.  He wiiina rise ava'  Last to g-et his books an'.shlate���  Last to won awn'.  Sie a limb for tricks an' fun���  Heeds na' what I say.  Kab an' Jamie���Imttliae plagues���  Wull they sleep a' day ?  Here they come, the three at once,  Looking ji-lejj an' fell,  Hoo they ken thetr bits a' claes  Beats hie fair to tell.    ,  Wash your wee bit faces clean,  An' here's your bite au' sup���  Never was ltiair wiselike bairns  Xoo they're wauken'd up.  There, the three are all'at last.  I watch them frue the door.  That Tain  he's at his tricks again,  I eoont thein by the score.  He's nut his fil af'uie wee Rah,  An'eoupit Jamie (loon.  Could I lay my ban's on him  I'd lilmi claw his croon.  Xoo to gel my wark on ban'  Til hue a busy day,  lint losh ! the house is uuco(|iiale  Since they're a'away.  A dizzen times 1 '11 look ihe clock  When il comes roun' lo three,  For cuddliu' doon. or waukouiii' up,  They're dear, dear bairns to me,  ���Alex.'Anderson ("Surfaceman.  Increase Your Business and Make Money  Full Prices.   Correct Selection  HANDLING  Ropes and Tags Furnished Free  IMMEDIATE REMITTANCES.  Hides.Pelts, Wool,  TALLOW, GINSENG, SENECA.  Write for Circular giving Latest Market Prices  JAS. MCMILLAN & CO,  NO COMMISSION CHARGE:  200-212 FIRST AVE. NORTH.  me.     Minneapolis, Minn  Sj P?ckrriSs ^��T> Tift ���-     $)  S     /Hothe** Uod'e oF WrfcgS  "It is a capable..proof," he said in his  egotistic, way, "that man is much more  discriminating- than woman."  "I would be ��-lad to have you prove  it,"' she returned coldlv.  "With pleasure," he replied. "Woman will kiss men, women and babies,  Avhile man. with finer sense of discrimination, bars the men and babies."  Visitor (in penitentiary)���Was that  octogenarian convict who died yesterday a, life prisoner?  Warden���Oh, no. He was the youth  convicted of murder 70 years ago." The  supreme court < will; pass on the last  point raised in his case next week.  Rosebery  The northern connecting- point of  the C. P. R. on Slocan Lake.  Eosebery  Has the only  Slocan City.  safe harbor north of  plentiful and larger than on shore. Men  could work in 'tlie shallow water but a  half hour at a time on account of its  coldness, it being like a bath in liquid  ice, but by prying- with crowbars they  dug- out ii'i a week or two 1,100 pounds  of ore that sold in the eastern markets  at a dollar a pound, and excited the  deepest curiosity among- mining- men.  Early the next year men working- in  water from two to four feet deep, and  only on the calmest days, took out in a  few weeks 87.000 of tlie same rich ore.  Tt became evident that a mine might  be opened and timber plank cribs were  built to protect the workmen and a  shaft begun. At a depth of a few feet  water drowned out the miners. Winter  came on and with long- forks and pickaxes tlie men raised from under the ice  nine tons of ore that sold for almost a  dollar a pound. This ore was taken by  ten men working- fourteen days. But i  it was estimated that 850,000 would be I  required to protect the works from  storms and the company decided to sell  out. English capital was sous-lit but  nobody could be found in London who  would'take hold of the mine for, it was  stated, they did not care to "embark in  distant mining enterprises." In this,  bytheway, the cautious Britisher showed himself a very different  man from  lost, for the product of the next two  years was less than S1..100.O00. Then  came a great inflow of water that the  pumps at hand could not care for, and  a storni that made a breach in the  center of the massh'e main breakwater,  75 feet thick and 20 feet above water  level, that tore out the labor of the year  before. The works were much damaged. Rocks weighing5'many tons each  were hurled about the Lslev as if they  were completely demolished, but the  water did not get into the shafts, and  work was resumed.  The cost ot mining was but a tithe of  the expense of maintaining- existence  on the Islet. Enormous breakwaters  and a cofferdam were needed to permit mining- at all. The houses on the  Islet werc'not only behind walls of rock,  but they were lifted on great piers  raised high enough above the water to  protect tiieni in a measure should the  outer works give way. Supplies aud  explosives were carried in vast quantities,stored in a dozen different localities  to prevent loss of all at one time. The  company supervised the family life of  its employees in so far as to distribute  to every householder in the fall supplies  to last till spring-, ft furnished every  boarding-house-keeper with food at  wholesale'- prices, and did not permit  any to charge over a certain price for  board.   It found that  it must reyulate  Maud���How is Mr. Bltishman getting  along?   Has he proposed yet?  Edith���No, but he is improving. The  first night he called he held the album  in his hands all evening-; the second  night he had my pug dog in his arms :  last night he held Willie on his lap for  an hour.    1 have hopes.  Eosebery  It is at Rosebery where the beautiful Slocan steamer ties up over night  and where the employees can bring  their families.  Eosebery  Lots were put on the market June 28  and are selling fast. You cannot  afford to wait if 3rou want a lot. Thev  are going up.  Eosebery  Men are now grading and clearing  Port of Nakusp.  THOS. ABRIEL  CUSTOflS BROKER,  Real Estate, - Mines & Insurance.  Nakusp, B. C.  the townsite,  and several  are about to be erected'.  buildings  "It." the idle wanderer heard the man  say to his companion, "will  run about  twelve hundred to the ton."  "I wonder," said he to himself,  "whether he was'talking about a gold  mine or his winter supply of coal."  Bystander���Who is that elderly gentleman whom the crowd has just pushed  into the gutter?  Another���Why, that's the president  of the United States.  And that long-haired youth they are  carrying on then- shoulders?  Captain Banger, of the champion football team.  Snooper -  and died.  Skidmore  Snnooper  -He took  a   drop  too much  -No; parachute.  Eosebery  Is destined to be the distributing centre for the Slocan.  Eosebery  Will become the great Concentrating  City of the Slocan, having-abundance  of water and being easy of access to  the Mining Centre.    Watch this.  Eosebery  J cash;  balance three" and six  Terms,  months  For full particulars apply to  A. M. BEATTIE,  General   Agent  J.R.&B.GameroR  .Formerly of Winnipeg.  Furnish 'Clothing  ���: in the: ���  - ��� Latest Style  ���: of the :���-  TailoPs    Art.  si!2PllLTHftEE FORKS & SANDON.  -^/%/&\  NEW DENVER, B.C.  Is a new house, with new furniture and everything comfortable  for the taaveling public.       The bar has the  best goods in the  market.  ANGRIGNON BROS., Proprietors  his son of todav/ who "scours the worid I ^- sale of liquor,  and it erected what  for mines.   Finally a syndicate, as we  would now call the company, was formed among Americans, and   the   mine  bought   for  $225,000,   of   which   only  $50,000 was ever called from the buyers,  the mine  itself paying the  rest of the  purchase price as well as dividends and  development.   Among- the buyers were  E. B. Word, of Detroit,and it was Silver  Islet money that bought for his daugh- j  ter a husband and a title of the Princess '  of Cliimay, and it was the remnants of j  Silver   Islet  money  that   not long ago j  carried the princess with lier Hungarian ;  fiddling-lover   from   the gay   world of I  European  capitals.    Charles A.  Trow- !  bridge.   Peleg  Mall, Wm. II. Zabriskie |  and G. S. (Joe. of New York, -were also I  among- the fortunate  men.  and   A.   H. I  Sibley and Win. B.   Frue  from  Detroit j  and   Houghton   were   the    remaining ;  leaders in  the enterprise,    It  was Mr. j  Frue who gave his  name  to an inven- ;  tion for saving stamp mill  slimes that j  he introduced for the first time in the j  great mill at Silver Islet, aud  which is i  now found in almost  every stamp mill j  in the world   under   the   name of the  "Frue vannerY'    It is an invention that I  has added millions to  the world's stock j  of gold and without it most of the mines .  now at   work   would' never  be  able to  continue in oiie.ra.tion.  In September. ls7o. Captain Frue  began work on a great crib and bulkhead to keep off the water, and in Mu  days it was. finished and mining began.  Two or three, days later came a storm  that washed away part of the structure ,  and in March came another that swept  out to sea half of it and filled the mine  with water and ice. Ten thousand tons  of rock were washed away, timbers a  foot cube were broken like pipestems,  and tlu- heavy fastenings torn away.  At this time the richness of the mine  was attracting general attention, and  but for rhe fortuitous circumstance of a  change iu !'.������ g/Vi-.rnineui tin- Viet and  is probably the most unique bar-room  in the west, the ruins of which are still  standing with their queer blackboard  intact. On the wall of this bar is a wide,  blackboard marked off into 400 little  numbered squares, and on each of these  a man's drinks were chalked up against  him. The term ''chalking'* up "drink  accounts is said, bytheway, to have,  originated at this mine, and in this  way. Kadi man was allowed three  drinks a day,and if extra-well disposed,  an additional drink might be had.  Like other supplies, the liquor was sold  at its cost to the company.  The mine was sunk a quarter of a  mile and drill operations continued still  deeper, but the mineral seemed to grow  more barren, and in I8.i:-' there was a  heavydefic.it. Early in 1.881, because,  of the non-arrival of a cargo of coal for  the pumps, the mine was closed for the  winter. An intemperate captain had  the cargo and let his boat lie by. A  few months before, the drills had penetrated muck rock of the old-time richness, and it looked as if the mine was  about to resum its place as the richest  on earth. The shut-down was called  J temporary, but the following spring it  was found that the mine must be abandoned. Since then Silver Islet has been  desolate Today there are hopes of a  resumption.  In all the thousands of square miles  of mineralized area in the Aminikie  formation, lying along   the north shore  ��� of Lake, Superior, there has never been  found a mini' like  the  Silver   islet :  in-  ;deed, the search has been but in spots  and generally without great knowledge  ofthe situation.    But   it   would   be. an  1 instance without parallel  in the mining  ��� history of the world if Silver Islet were  ' to remain the only property in show  ] great fortune iu the. wide region of  | country to which it belongs. Someday  ! there will be other mines as rich in the  same formation. ��� Minneapolis .Journal  Lawyer���On what grounds do you  desire a divorce!''  Mrs. Young-wife���We went to the  mountains on our wedding trip and he  fell in love with the scenery.  Little Robert���Papa, do camels come  from Kentucky:-'  Papa���No. What makes vou ask me  that?  Little Robert���Our teacher told us today that camels can go for weeks at a,  time without water.  -%-  An old woman whose husband was ill  in bed sent for the doctor, who came  and saw the old lady.  "1 wiU send him some medicine." he  said on leaving, ''which must be taken  in a recumbent posture."  After he had gone the old woman sat  down, greatly puzzled.  "The recumbent posture���a recumbent posture!.". she kept repeating. "1  haven't got one.'' At last she thought,  "I will go and see if old Mrs. Smith has  got one to lend me."  Accordingly she went and said to her  neighbor,:  "Have you a recumbent posture to  lend me to put some medicine in ?"  Mrs. Smith,who was equally as ignorant as her friend, replied :  "I had one, but to tell you the truth II  have lost it."  &&&&& U&-&&&  GROCERIES.  DRY GOODS.  CLOTHING.  BOOTS & SHOES,  BUILDERS' ��� SUPPLIES,  STOVES,  ENAMEL and TINWARE,  PAINTS, OILS, GLASS,  POWDER, FUSE, CAPS,  JESSOP & BLACK DIAMOND STEEL  CHATHAM WAGONS, ETC.,  AT LOWEST PRICES.  New Denver, B. C  roem  ASLO HOTEL  Family & Commercial.  arge  And  Comfortable  Rooms  of  The Ledge  Is the finest west ofthe Red River   The   Ledge   carries    the  largest stock of Printing Station-  ery in Kootenay, and can do  finer work than  any print shop  west of Lake Superior    There are offices that quote  seemingly lower prices, but quality considered.    The   Ledge   is  i'  The family clergyman was softly patting the little, curly ringleted head, as  he listened to the fond mother's praise  of her child's rapid advances through  the vale of knowledge.  "And so you are very fond of .going-  to school?" he questioned the child.  "Yeth, sir; I is."lisped Elsie in reply.  "And what are you going to be. after  your school days are over?"  "But they won't be over until I go I  through college." said the! child, "and:  that will not be  for a long, long time."  "To college, eh ? A regular little, new  woman said the clergyman,  smilingly. !  "And what profession do you  mean to j  study for at college?" |  "I want to be a lawver." said Elsie, j  shyly. ' I  "A lawyer. A woman lawyer,'" laugh- |  ed the gentleman. "It is indeed an age j  <if female progress when little girls are !  already planning to become lawyers, j  Rut your father is very rich. Elsie." he i  continued, gravely, "and you will prob- '.  ably never need to earn your own liv- ;  ing. Why do you especially desire fo i  become a lawper ?"' j  -'So 1 can always be sure of a scat at j  the 'breach of promise suits.*' replied the |  little one. demurely. |  | Fitted witli every modern  i convenience. Special protection against fire. Rates $2.50  | and $3 per day.  ! COCKLE & PAPWORTH,  Proprietors.  By sending  to The Ledge,  Nei*7 Dvocvur  You can olitain :i ooir-ptetocopyof  Garlyle's  BC���  on tlie Sloean.  Parties requiring special designs uf  jewelry, etc., madeto order for Xmas  goods are advised to leave, their orders  early at Knox Bros.  lower than any. No Chinese or  blacksmiths employed. Send orders by mail, express, freight or  -pack train      If you.are in the Slocan  metropolis call  in and see  our plant, but do not touch our bull pup's pup, or allow the cyclone  caused by our fast cylinder press to blow your plug- hat out ot the  rear tunnel. Come in folks when you have any job printing- to  do, or cash that is too heavy to carry, and we will give you a  profitable solution of your trouble.    Come, gentle pilgrims, come.    ftimM^ii��i����BMith��mm'^^  FEED  Nelson, B. C.  Merchant Tailor.  Full. Line   of Suitings and  TrouserinoYs always on hand.  FEL  EY  Dining Room and Bar  class in every respect,  well furnished. Trail  Ten and Twelve Mile  Pack and Saddle Animals to hire.  ALLEN & CORY, Proprietors.  Vevey, Slocan Lake, B.C.  First-  Rooms  open  to  creeks. Fifth Year.  THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., DECEMBER 1G, 1897.  3  Mining in British Columbia.  By W. A. CAKI,YT.,K, Provincial-Mineralogist.  While the recent gold discoveries in  British Yukon have, attracted attention  from all parts of the world,theattention  and interest that has been aroused in  the mines of British Columbia have not  abated and throughout the Province, in  nearly every district, prospectors, miners and capitalists are on the hunt for  mining properties. Development work  is in progress everywhere, l with, prospects of a. large industry most promising.  This year there  has  not  been   that  insane rush to  float mining companies  we saw last year,  nor  has there been  that influx of would-be  buyers anxious ,  to get property  of almost any descrip-;  tion to dispose of by means  of startling ;  and  exaggerated  prospectuses among- (  their eager public at a distance, worked up to the desire, to  buy almost anything   offered, . imbued ��� with   the  true  gambling-  spirit.    Nevertheless,   then*,  lias been aud is now a, large  number ol'  inllueulial men in the country,   backed  by ample capital, who a re-carefully examining-   our   mineral    resources    and  - making maiiv  purchases   with   this re-  stronger  fullv  ; ment charges are being provided, and  awaiting such, several properties with  I large reserves of good ore now blocked  ; out, are rapidly extending the opening  ; up of these mines. In the rush of a  ; year numerous companies with small  I capitals attempted to develop their  i claims, but the money being insufficient  I these companies have been forced to  '; suspend work and much of their prop-  i erfy will yet be merged into  ! enterprises and then be more  ; tested.  ; Although the Le Roi mine, which has  j paid to date $(575,000 in dividends, of  | which �� 100,000. have been paid this  j year, has been the chief shipper, the  j tonnage last year of 88,000 tons has this  | year to date' increased to 61,000, and  i this tonnage can lie greatly increased  I as soon as the other properties men-  j tinned ��� beg-in shipping their reserves.  ''The average values of Rossland ores  j have not been determined for over a  | year, hut prior to that the average  i values of '27,000 tons smelted <>-avo  which Mr. Ogilvie has given such decisive information,   will  be  of   vast importance to this  Province  in  that  the  regions to the north of Cariboo, already  famous for  its gold production  in the  past, the mines and creeks  of the Omi-  neca, Cassiar and other districts long-  reported to  be gold-bearing  but little  tested, as means of ingress and transport of supplies have been  so difficult,  now promise to be overrun by a wave  of   prospectors   who   will   search   this  northern   country    as    never   before.  Many new trails and roads will be built!  by both the  Dominion  and  Provincial !  Governments,  and   many parts never  penetrated before except" by fur hunters  will be examined.with  results impossible'to foretell.  I .Oi ozs., si  cent., vahu  tons of the L<  gold -2.0  o/.s .  ver 2.5 ozs.Y copper   2  ���ir"'7.1>S per   ton,   while  Roi   first-class ores  silver  LSfVozs'  tel  net  gold  .'���> ])('���)���  1,2< K)  ! gave,  cooper  .      Till!  varies  work  is now in  will    lie  prove (,  suit. Miat lar more  gross   and   much   more  undertaken.  In a   new  mining-   country   like  this  where, the mining engineer or buyer' is  offered.' along   with   a   comparatively  'limited number of developed properties,  a vast number of  -'prospects'* on which  little or.iio work has been  done, where  there are indications of.ore deposits and  veins, it is extremely 'puzzling-  to conjecture po.ssihilites  or   to   estimate   the-  true values of such properties,when one  remembers'that beneath  very-insignificant or.  unsatisfactory  surface   indications  such   valuable   mineral  deposits  often lie hid.    The veins may  be small  and also the. assays, but work may and  often does show great  development in  depth,  although again, fine  prospects  often prove deceptive.    The prices asked for prospects ran last year to ridiculously high figures, partly because such  prices were; in some instances paid,  but  this year holders of such   claims  have  become more  reasonable, although   in  some parts  high prices are still asked  fo'r.unworked  and untried properties:  but this feature  in  our mining  affairs  will right itself.  In lode, mining the beginning dates to  about ten years'ago, but in reality only  to about five years, and the rapid progress during the past few years is most  slg-nificant/as is seen in the. following  taoie of  onlv :  led-  v->i.  'cent,, or V>:!.0o per toi  cost of''freight and treatment  from .*?!.! to s|. | pei* ion.  In quartz_ ores  suitable   for. milling  much work is now beingdonenn quartz  veins in different parts' of Lin'?. Province  and the results are awaited   with great  interest.    Near   Nelson   two  mill's are.  now in   operation,   and   several quartz  es are being exploited.  In southern  ,    ale. as at Camp McKinney. where the  ! V-uiboo mine has paid   ?l7ii,00i), and at  ' Faii-view arid other  parts quartz leads  I are being opened'up  anil   tested, while  Cayoosh  Creek -and   Bridge .River   iu  Cillooet,   East   Kootenay!' Alberni  on  Vancouver   Island,   the'   islands    and  coastline  of  the  Mainland,  and other  parts are being explored, as here auriferous quartz veins have been staked off,  and  during  the   coming year  definite  results should be obtained!     These districts  are  practically  new,  but  much  work is being  done' where  two years  ago not even prospectors wore seen.  IV.YOKit Ooi.i).���The discovery of rich  placer diggings in   British   Yukon,  of  Ii Cariboo the rich creeks  so far discovered have been  worked out except  where large capital  has  been  needed,  and now several  strong companies are  at work on the gravels  in  the ancient  river channels gradually  being traced  out. or in .the  deep-buried  channels of  present rivers, and, as a single instance,  at the  Cariboo   hydraulic,  mine,   near  Ouesnelle Forks,  ii   very  rich and extensive   gravel  deposit   is,, being laid  bare, about $075,01 hi having been taken  out in this preparatory work.    Further  north   new  enterprises  are on  foot to  mine   auriferous gravels,  and   henceforth   many   creeks   hitherto    slightlv  prospocted  will   be   reached   by better  trails   and   much   more   carefully   explored.  _ SiLvioi. ,Li5Ai>.���The Slocan district in  West Kootenay has during the past  year shipped iii large and small amounts  from over fifty claims, and the produc-  'tion.of-8-2,O00,t)U0 in I.MO.i 'will be much  exceeded in ISO'/, in .tSO.Y. 18,2V tons  of this rich silver-bearing lead ore from  the Slocan. yielded,net J17.1, ozs. of silver per ton and 52.7 per cent, lead,  leaving a, net profit, of a bout 875 per ton  By customs returns so far the output  for this year should show much better  as this year H5,()00 tons have been  shipped of this class of ore. Much active: work is iu progress and many new  properties are being developed.  At Nelson the Silver King has been a  large producer  all  the year of silver-  copper ore, and in the region to the  south other silver-gold mines will be  soon on a paying basis, while in the.  Ainsworth, the Trout Lake, Lardeau  and Illecilliwaet districts much new  work has been done with good results.  In East Kootenay the two large deposits at the North Star and the St.. Eugene mines are . being developed, only  awaiting the approach of the railroad  now being built, while other claims are  being exploited.  Goiter.��� Copper is   being produced  by the mines  of i.ossland,   the Silver  King at Nelson, and  the  Van  Anda at  Texada Island, and in  the Boundary  Creek-district, where the large deposits  of  at present low-grade gold-bearing ;  copper sulphides are now being-opened  up, but not  to   that extent  which will j  ensue if a railroad, now being surveyed, j  is completed.    Copper deposits on'the :'  St. Mary's in East   Kootenay,  in'Kam-;  loops and on Vancouver Island are also ���  being exploited, but  as yet not enough i  work   has  been   done to'-demonstrate-;  their value, but very much interest has  been attracted thither and many claims ;  -will be carefully tested,  as companies,1  have been formed for that purpose.  Coal  A.vi)��� Cok!���:.���-On  Vancouver Is-:  laud the collieries are eng-aged supply- ,  ing a very  fair  demand   for   coal,  the;  high quality of  which  is  already  well :  known, and  at   Coinox  coal   from   the  Union mine, is being coked, aud tlie ex  cellent, coke, .shipped fo smelting centres  inland,    In the , Rocky   Mountains, the  vast   deposits   of ��� coking-   coal   in the  (.-'row's Nest ['ass are now being opened  1 up on ;i large, scale,  as  the  railroad is  being rapidly built, and in a short time  cheap fuel will be shipped   to  the heart  of the smelting centres of ttie Kootenays  and also tn the great  smelting centres  of Montana to the south.  In the present excitement engendered  by the rich gold discoveries to the  north, which will be of inestimable benefit to this Province, we must not forget the. greater and growing mining industry already well 'under way, which  has been sliglitly outlined above. Many  representa fives'of' capita! ,are now examining our mining" 'proper! ies, many  of which are improving decidedly -as  developed. For -'prospects'' more;''reasonable prices must be asked, and as  careful, legitimate mining undertake  ings are worked by experienced operators,.the number' of pay mines will  certainly increase. ()f course there are-  many here readv to "exnloif'thiscoun-  I^-V-JVr&^FVfc, ��%^V^V%tV<VVi%4Vi\tlVi%%  The  LelaRcI House  m*^      MAKHSP     .apM  Is the largest hotel upon the Arrow,Lakes and is  unsurpassed  by any  in  Kootenay.  Do not fail to stop there when  travelling to and from  the   Slocan.  mPs.D. M. mcDOUGALiD.  try, but not so eager to secure a mine  as to get'property-that they can sell,  but if the public will only fight shy on  general principles, of glittering prospectuses presented by companies that  claim to have so much, with as yet little  or no work done, and' to be aide to soon  pay large dividends, many disappointments will be averted, ''wild-eats" will  have a very precarious living, and  mining in British Columbia will make  more substantial and permanent headway.  An immense stock of 1  ie seen at Bourne Bros.  lidav tovs can  production  of  the   lode mines  SfSSZSSZKSS  1887...  1S8.S..  188*1..  IS*):)..  1S!)1.. .  I7.:s:ii i��ii:i...- ..-  -Jii7,li)i  T.'p.HiHI 18H-1         -7Sl,.-tl2  ���17,Si)H 1��!I.V 2..Ml',:-K)7  7!I,7.-j.'1 IStXi   ���( ,--'">7.17!l  ���.'(1,1107 18!)7 (estimated >S<,.*>0:>,<X>i>  IS!)-;       l.W.IKI  For ISO; to date the customs show ore  and matter to the value of .$'j,8;V2,2S7 to  have been produced, and these returns  will be, found to check very closely with  the actual smelter returns, and as the  above are.only the returns from West  Kootenay alone, the estimate of $7,000,-  000 as the output of the lode mines will  not lie far from the exact smelter returns, and the total output of all the  mines, coal, placer, etc , will easily  reach 810,000,000 a most gratifying increase, as can be seen by the next table,  of total production of all mines  IS!)'.!    - ���.'.(Kis.'i:*  18! I-I    ���- 4,2-!a,717  18(11        .VpIi>,70-'  ISO.-]        fi,i>5fi,30:i  lsiy   ....   .'1,017,1)71  ISSlli        7,ll(!,-iaS  ISIp.1       .-|/i88,ii:i  18!��7      l(),IK)i��,0(lll  The above figures must attract attention as they are indicative of the steady  yet rapid increase in  the  production of  our mines  which  altogether  have pro-  ' \\.\ii SL.10,000,000, and  of the fact that  '��������-, Vs** Columbia is now fast taking her  ���eart-to among the, great   mining   coun-  "la'es.  "* The above figures are not large when  compared with'some of the other mining regions, but only six  years ago the  great interior of this   Province was for  the most part trackless,   but  following  the discovery of gold and silver deposits  in West Kootenay  the   opening   up of  this country  by railroads,  waterways,  roads and trails,  has  been marvellous,  and   the  railroads  now in progress of  construction or   under   contemplation,  will open still greater areas of mineral  land now lying fallow, with the certain  result that milling   will   receive a  still  greater impetus, and the'figures of production rise much higher.    During the  last few years of depression all railroad  companies   have   had   to proceed very  cautiously and to curtail   building now  lines,but'with the. returning era oi.pros-  perity.and a better money market these  companies are preparing to extend their  systems, as is exemplified  in the action  of the Canadian   Pacific  Railway Company, which litis   now   begun   the construction of very important lines in the  Province that| w'illibe of greatest service  not only in making accessible  new districts,, in  reducing  transport  charges,  but also in  the establishment  of large  smelting and refining enterprises within  our own   borders,  the  extent  and  importance of which we, can only now surmise.  For mining this country offers nearly  all that couid be wished iu that the  supply of water, timber, fuel, fluxes,  etc., is -everywhere abundant, while,  ,i climatically we, do not suffer from ex-  ��� ironies iu heat aud cold, the long summer mouths being most favorable for  prospecting, while the winter snows do  not hinder, but in fact greatly facilitate  mining operations, as for one instance  the rich ores found high up many of the  mountains can then be easily and  cheaply rawhided down the snow'trails.  Centre's of supply are now being established in many parts, and in these  regions most difficult of access, supplies  can be got at more reasonable figures.  There are many experienced miners  coming in from Montana, California,  Colorado, etc , and good labor at fair  prices is easily obtained.  Gold.���The    great    gold-producing  centre in Rossland,  where splendid ore  bodies of  profitable, gold-copper smelting, ore are being  exposed as development  work  advances, and  the conditions of this camp  are  this  year much  ahead  of  those  of  last year.    Underground  development  is   beginning  to  assume vary. considerable  extent and  importance,'and as this  work proceeds  prospects greatly  improve,   leaving it  simply a matter of time, work and capital when the production   w.U  be. much  greater  Something new in  "ancy Wine Sets for Bar Decorations.  V\l  >*..  We have in Stock  The Largest and Finest Assortment  **��*v  See our Gold  Plated Ash and  Card Trays. . .  "Souvenirs  Sandon."  The very latest in  Christmas Neckwear  direct from New  fork.  Goods ever brought  to the Sloean  Consisting; of  Musical Dolls,  Sleeping- Dolls,  AND  Arks,  Banks,  Iron Stoves,  Tin Stoves,  TEL  SILVERTON, B.C.  Is a new three-story hotel situated .near the wharf. The  house is plastered and the  rooms are furnished in a  manner calculated to make  travelers call again. Mining  and Commercial men will appreciate the home comforts of  this hotel.  BRANDON & BARRETT  vw  Buildingr-  Blocks,  Story Books,  Doll  Carriages,  Carts,  Carpet  Sweepers,  Fur Dogs,  Climbing*  Monkey,  Flying Birds,  THE  CENTRAL  HOTEL  NEW   DENVER,  Has been re-opened under new man-  apement. With nicely 'furnished  rooms, and fjood, substantial meals to  back them, this hotel expects to ac-  ���juire a rupuliitiun .second to none in  Kooteiuiy. The bar lias a full stock  of the most modern nerve elevators.  Tr<  Oroameiral  JOHN I-IALPIN.  GORMAN WEST, Manajrer.  Prop.  !autiles. Etc.  Cheaper transport and treat-  All sorts of mechanical Toys,  Tea 8ets; Tools.  Tops, Masks.  Drums,  Steam Engines,  Hot  Air Motors  with   Ferris  Wheel  attached.  Doll Furniture,  Air Guns,  Granite Sets,  Games,  Iron Trains,  Rattles,  Horns,  Mouth Organs,  Toy Pistols,  Music Boxes,  Magic Lanterns,  Flag's*  American Sc Canadian  Also a very  select  Japanese China ware,  Baskets. Waste  dincres. Etc.  Has!  line of  Fancy  Jar-  Ladies' Fancy Satin and  Felt Far-Top Slippers just in  from Boston.  #  /  r *  Having placed  in our Mill, we  nisli all kind*: (  *oine new machinery  are  prepared to fur  if rough and dre.-se  i $��SPS��aaE  ggf^--^'ff-*gi>aB^ (  Lumber  and Shingles  at Reduced Prices  PRICE  LIST:  Kouirh Lumber, narrow.  ���'/..  "            ������           wide.  ?1]    1 K.I  :<>  vi ..  Joist and Seaiitlini. sized  Up til  IS feet lorn.-,  11 ..  s ' to ���.'���! '  1-' ..  ���ii 'to ." '  ��  1." ..  Fldijnii.Lr, T &(;.'! "  -'ii  V jc Int Ceiliinr. ���'  ". '���  " Kustic,  1!'   ..  Shipliip,  11   ..  Surfaced Drossci' t  V>   . .  \ liberal  discount on 1,-ir.  :<��� order.- for (.',-  -11.  PETER  GENELLE  & Co THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., DECEMBER 16, 1897.  Fifth Year  The Ledge  Published every Thursday.  R. T. LOWERY, Editor and Financier:  Grover Cleveland,   and  to force the  American   people to a standard  that same policy   of  sword and. famine,  has been universally condemned and  that he himself admits will compel a  ���i perpetual borrowing of gold.  To quote   from   the  message, the  SUBSCRIPTION RATES:  Three months .'   Six "  ���   Twelve   " ���  Thhkk yeaiis s-w ;     ' 'The evil of the  present system is  Transient Advcrtisinsr, ������', cents per line lirst in : foun(J [n the great  COSt tO the gOVern-  senion. 10 cents i>cr Hue. subsequent insertions ment nf maintaining the parity of our  nonpareil measurement.  }/m ! President says :  "*.<KI ;  affords time to crush the revolt bv the  different forms of money���that is,  : keeping all of them at par with gold.  We surely can not be longer heedless  live topics of the  burden this imposes upon the  people, even under fairly prosperous  1 conditions,-while the past four years  TO CONTRIBUTORS.  O jnTespondenee, from every part of the. Koott-iiay  District  and  communications   upon  always acceptable.    Write on both sides of the  paper if you wish.   Always send something tfood  no matter how crude.   Get your copy in while it 1 'laye demonstrated that it is llOt only  is hot, and we will do the rest, ^ ^ an  expensive  charge upon the gov-  1897 ' eminent, but a dangerous menace to  TBUKSDAY-, DECEMBER 16.   ��,,,.. , the national credifc  ~   ~V "We have $900,000,000 of currency,  This paper has always vigorously , which the government, by solemn  protested ,against the Klondike rates ; enactment, has undertaken to keep  charged by the Dominion Express ! at par with gold. Nobody is obliged  Co., in this glorious western part ol \ to redeem in gold but the govern-  X    V        ����� up .,.;,. -f., .iment.    The banks are not required  Canada.    As a result of our piutesta-, tQ rcdeem in ���0id.    The ffovernment  tions the company   has at last had its ! js 0hlifred to keep equal with gold all  conscience dug  up,   and  now their i its outstanding currency and coin ob  rates in  B. C.   are  more in harmony ] ligations, while its-receipts are  not  WW. ..,��,�� and u���assu���n���K ^]^^^^^'^Ley^  accounts.    ��� _  : gold and the only  means by which  thk  ..RKsnioits'Ipoi.ooisTs.       the government can  with certainty    ; get gold is by borrowing.    It can get  ! it in no other way when it most needs  The Hon. Mr Turner has spoken j--it    The   government,   without any  through tlie Colonist., The mantle of! fixed   gold   revenue,   is pledged  to  dignified contempt  is a useful article j maintain gold redemption.    *    *.   *  in high officialdom but It proves but!The* serious question   then ia, shall  1 we continue the policy that has been  a poor armor against facts however  simply stated, which have a public  value, and therefore it is that the  Premier lias spoken through his  ofi(ic'al organ, and severely harangues those whom he regards as his  traducers.  The Ledge has no desire to say  much that could be said in plain condemnation of the course pursued by  the prominent politicians of this Province, who have allowed their names  pursued in the past���that is���-when  the gold reserve reaches 'a point of  danger, issue more bonds and supply  the needed gold, or shall we provide  other means to prevent these recurring drains upon the gold reserve ?  It no further legislation is had and  the policy of selling bonds is to be  continued, then congress should give  the secretary of the treasury author-  lty to sell bonds at long or short  periods bearing, a less rate of interest  than is now authorized by law."  It  is  most remarkable  how such  to be paraded in naming type as j men as MaJ-or McKinley will change  decoy ducks in mining schemes of their views. As a ruler of a nation  doubtful probity.    The alleged inter-  he proclaimg t0 all the world that it  view in the Colonist is mainly an  undignified confession of the weakness of a public man, unable to see  that a representative man should feel  that proper degree ot restraint which  is imposed upon him by a public  trust.  While we can in regard to our  representative men "nothing extenuate," we shall at all times endeavor  to be equally free from "setting down  aught   in   malice."     Mr.    Turner's  is a perpetual burden upon the people  to keep up the single gold folly. On  September 12, 1896, when he was a  presidential candidate and on the  stump in his own behalf this same  McKinley declared:  "If a gold standard deprived  the  American toiler of a single day's work  I or his family of a single comfort, or  I reduced   his   wages,    or   made life  1 harder for Mm,   I  would  be against  it.    As it does not, and as it promotes  the general prosperity and upholds  career and position as a business man, ; the nati0nal credit arid honor,   I am  | for it and shall steadily favor it as  I believe it is truly beneficial and advantageous to our country."  Again, on October 18, 1890, this  same McKinley, then a congressman,  made a speech in Alleghany, Pa.,  from which we quote :  "We passed a silver bill [speaking  of his term in congress] which I think  is the best silver legislation that has  passed in the American congress It  utilizes every ounce of silver in the  United States, and makes the treasury notes issued on that basis redeemable in gold and silver, and good in  all public debts and legal tender for  all purposes. When Cleveland went  out 71 cents was the value of the  silver dollar. After this bill passed  the value of that same dollar advanced to 92 cents. To my mind it is the  most liberal legislation passed on this  money question that has ever been  sanctioned in congress. It gives the  people more currency, and gives them  more volume of money, and puts  silver more nearly on a par with gold  than in 18 years, and the time is  coming when gold and silver will be  marching side by side, doing the  business of the country."  Verily, this man McKinley is a  chameleon. He changes his color in  every light.  as well as his known good nature entitles him to our consideration. Moreover we cannot forget that his  political environment in Victoria has  noc been as lofty and ennobling in  its influence as it might have been,  but the people of this Province have  had more than enough ground for  suspicion and distrust of their public  men; for extravagance, favoritism,  abuse of trust and flagrant dishonesty  has been the official rule rather than  the exception, and therefore it is that  we have resolved that the community here had about enough of public  men being mixed up in questionable  enterprises, or, what is equally objectionable, pleading to baby act.  The reputation of the Province is  bound up in the character and acts of  our public men, and the community  suffers by their moral obliquity or indiscretion, and in the case in question, it is clear that the Premier's  name, used as it is, will scare away  instead of attracting capital to our  mining enterprises.  Will the sucker never die? It  seems not. Last season he was biting  at Rossland wild-cats and newspaper  mines. This season and the next, he  will tickle his imagination by buying  stock in Klondike schemes, the greatest fake companies of this or any  other age.   lU'KINI.KY    AGAINST.   M'KINLKV.  MANIFEST    DKGEN'KRACY.  President M'Kinley's message submitted to the United States Congress  at its opening last week, is without  exception the weakest document that  has come from any chief executive  that nation has had in late years. It  is without a parallel in the use of  words and phrases and eloquence that  means nothing.  All the questions ot importance to  that country ; all the issues that are  being weighed by that people, are  either ignored entirely or are handled  in such a weak, guarded manner as  to make the  message one of  In the message of President McKinley to Congress, which has just been  published, at least two subjects, the  Cuban insurrection and the annexation of Hawaii, are prominently  brought forward. Our interest in  Cuba is mostly confined to sympathy  with a people who have been tor long  and weary years the victims of oppression and outrage, which has  shown Spain to be, what she has been  through ages, the enemy of liberty  and progress. The attitude of the  President on the Cuban question is  disappointing to the great mass ofthe  American people, whose generous  sympathies and practical help has  been ever on the side of the suffering  Cubans.  The Chief Executive of the nation,  however, has a  responsibility which  while hypocritically offering an im  possible scheme ot an autonomy of the  genius of which neither Cubans nor  Spaniards have any comprehension.  And now comes the plea, with proper  diplomatic hypocrisy, that Spain  must have time to carry out the  "promised reforms, and a speedy  ending of the war." Of course no one  knows better than the President that  all this simply means that the insurgents may lose heart, and, finding  themselves deserted, will comoainto  Havana and be properly and officially strung up or shot. The Cubans  built their hopes on the Republican  Cuban plank in their platform and  now they realize that they are deserted, and the McKinley administration will continue the confidence  game at the old stand, ot passing on  the responsibility to posterity.  The question of the  annexation of  Hawaii is one that   more distinctly  concerns us in Canada.     President  McKinley  practically  asks congress  to annex the islands by  vote.   Canada has a right to enter its protest by  asking    why    these    islands,    the  independence of which is so valuable  to the commerce ofthe world at large,  should pass into   the  hands  of the  United States.    There has not been a  solitary reason  advanced  in favor of  annexation   that   has   not falsehood  written all over.it.    We are informed  by the annexation jingoes that a good  reason is its proximity to   the Cali-  fornian   coast,   but   we   reply   that  British Columbia  is only   150 miles  more distant,   while the British Colonies of Hong Kong,   New  Zealand  and Australia'are all close to Hawaii,  but if the question  of proximity is to  prevail, how about the  West India  Islands?   Again,   we are   told   that  American    planting   interests    are  greater than those of all   other nationalities combined.    It is but barely  true that United States citizens own  a majority of the sugar plantations of  Hawaii.   It should be stated,   however, that one United States planter;  Claus Spreckels,   owns nearly one-  third of all  the planting interests of  the islands, and he is stoutly opposed  to annexation on the ground that the  native Hawaiian people are unanimously opposed to  it in any  shape or  form.     Claus  Spreckels    and    two  British subjects, Theo. H. Davies and  James Campbell, own an overwhelming majority of  the sugar planting  interests of the islands and  they all  oppose annexation,   while  the commercial interests of the 23,000 Japanese which have grown up within the  last ten   years,   will  not permit the  United States to exercise any control  which   would restrict  their  present  rights.    How the  rights of the Hawaiian people  have  a voice  in the  burglary of their  nation is regarded  by the press of the United States may  be illustrated by the following from  the Spokesman-Review of Friday last:  "Native Hawaiians  to the number  of 21,269 have petitioned the United  States' senate   against    annexation.  The United States would gladly leave  them out it it could.      It  wants the  islands,  not  the   native  race   upon  them."  There is about such language the  clank of degeneracy. Who among  the founders of the Republic would  have suspected that its young giant  strength would take delight in crushing the liberty of a noble race, for  such is the Hawaiian people, merely  because the United States is no longer  large enough. Is it not natural for  the Hawaiian people to regard the  self-constituted robber of their liberties, President McKinley, as the  Cubans regard the Spanish General  Weyler ? Are they not as despots  bent on crushing the liberties and  ambitions of a nation, on the same  tyrannical level ?  i 111 In ���> lUfi IP* m HpnTm��ThTai  aok of MoetreaL  Capital (all paid up) $12,000,000.00  Reserved fund : : 6,000,000.00  Undivided profits :    :     859,698.40  Sir'Donald A. Smith,  G.C.M.G. President.  Hon. Gr. A. Drummond, Vice President,  KS.Clouston, General Manager,  A. Macnider, Chief Inspector & Supt. of Branches.  A. B. Buchanan, Inspector of Branch returns.  W. S. Clouston,  Assistant Inspector.  James Aird,  Secretary.  Branches in all parts of Canada, Newfoundland, Great Britain, and  the United States.  New Denver branch  A general banking business transacted.  i  riuu'uui ���M.n'irtnj wr^riiuffn^wijrm.immmtviwrsmm.ivytfrwYf.  Christmas  Goods  atChristmas  Prices  Now is vour time  to invest in a new  suit. I am offering- to my customers for this  month only, special   bargains in  C. S. RASHIULI.,  ,    Notary 1'ulplic.  A. E. FAUQUIER.  RASHDALL & FAUQUIER  MINES & REAL ESTATE.  NEW DENVER, B.C.  CORRESPONDENCE  Suits  $2000  ranging  from  up  Pants from $6.00  up. Overcoats  that will astonish  the natives.  .Do not miss this opportunity  for our Worsteds, Series,  Tweeds, Trouserings and  Overcoatings are the newest  und host in the Slocan country. Satisfaction guaranteed  or   money   refunded.  A. fl. Wilson,  The Reliable Sloean Tailor.  AVilliamson Mock, New Denver.  I-JOWARD WEST,  Assoc. R S M, London, Kny  MINING- ENGINEER,  ANALYTICAL CHEMIST,  & ASSAYER.  Properties   examined    and   reported on for in  tending- purchaser-..  Assay office and Chemical  Laboratory. Belle-  vue ave. New Denver, B C.  MINING  INTERESTS IJOtTGHT,   SOLD   and BONDED  ' ���INVITED   Complete lists of claims for sale.    Abstracts of claims, conveyancing  H.T. BRAGDON,  New Denver, B.C.  Heavy and Shelf Hardware,  Mine and Mill Supplies,  Pipe and Fittings,  Paints and Oils,  Builders' and Contractors'  Supplies,  Stoves and Kitchen Ware,  Agents for Canton Steel.  I carry one of the largest  and best assorted slocks of  Hardware in West Kootenay,  andshall he pleased to quote  prices upon anything required  in my line.  gBagSB*mEgam33iaasmK��3zca^^  ���xiWBcag'BBMSiH'assi'aBgssa^^  A.  DRISCOLL, O. E..  I ominion & Provincial  La .d Surveyor.  Slocan Citv, B.C  hri  ���int  Of Elegant, Useful Furniture.  Twenty styles of pretty Ladies'  Cli airs.-  D  R. A.S. MARS'  Aj.  Dentist.  Kaslo, B C  Graduate of American College of Dental Surgery  Chicago  W. S. Dkewiiy H. T. Twigg  Kaslo, B.C. New Denver, B.C.  DREWRY & TWIGG  Dominion and Provincial Land Surveyors.  Civil and Mining Engineers.  ford, McNeil Code.  Q M. WOODWORTH, M.A., LL.B.  NOTARY PUBLIC.  CONVEYANCER, Etc.,  MINES and REAL ESTATE  Slocan City, B.C.  F.  G. FAUQUIER,  NOTARY PUBLIC.  words without meaning. On the denrmds conservatism in the matter,  currency question the President is : The United States had just made cer-  especially weak. In a manner that! tain representations to Spain on be-  is painful to see in a chief executive, j half of Cuba, which, were they with-  he whines about the evil effects of the ' in the range of possibilities would  single gold standard on the people j tend to restore quiet and prosperity  and business of his country,  and yet, j to the unhappy  island,   but   all  the  as if he were driven to it by the gold  and monopoly syndicate that placed  him where he is, he pleads with Con  gress to authorize   his secretary  of  the  treasury   to   continue  the   work  world knew when they were made  that sue li promises and plans of autonomy for Cuba would prove a diplomatic fiction. The request of the  United States was the very thing that  mapped   out  l-��� v   the  power   behind ' Spanish absolutism wanted, in that it  On the 1st of January, 1898, one  ounce letters can be carried to any  part of the British Empire for three  cents. This is wonderful and will  have a tendency to make people  write earlier and often. In the midst  of such postal reform it seems strange  that it still takes a letter two days to  reach Nelson from New Denver, when  anything else that has the . price attached can get there in 2G0 minutes.  Adverse stories are coming in from  the Klondike which go to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the  noble act of lying is a long way from  becoming extinct.  Ivanhoe Looking  Well.  Work on tlie Ivanhoe. the Minnesota  Silver Go's, mine, is being pushed  ahead. Tlie crosscut is in 4(55 feet to tap  the vein, and the ledge lias been uncovered 700 feet, showing a vein from  two to ten feet wide with clean and concentrating ore. No shipping will be  done this winter, but next spring a compressor will be put in.  Nakusp, B.C.  HOTELtS OF KOOTEJSLftY  SLOCAN HOTEL,  New Denver, H. Stege  ST. JAMES.  New Denver, Angrignon Bros.  WINDSOR RESTAURANT.  New Denver. A. Jacobson & Co.  THE FILBERT.  Sandon,  HOTEL  SANDON.  Sandon,  R. Cunning  THE CLIFTON HOUSE,  Sandon, John Buckley  in Cane, Reed Work and  Upholstered in  French  Silk Brocatelle, Plush  and Damask: ornaments for  any Drawing* Room���    ^^ ^L,     (riF  P  each.  Handsome and acceptable presents in Ladies' Secretaries, Bookshelves, Fancy Polished Tables at  $1.00 each.  I have too much stock for the times,  and am reducing prices to cost of  freight and handling. Another  large car has just arrived forme  and is now unloading at Denver  siding.  Stock too heavy;  Prices to Zero.  Fifty dozen Al chairs at 60 cents each.  Fifty patterns of silk and other covers with trimmings for sale by the yard  D. M. Crowley,  Thirty years' practical Upholsterer.  New Denver.  **���.'���/  Near the Ledge office,  BssMBBBmsam  ASSflVEHS OF B. G.  HOWARD WEST,  New Denver.  J. M. M. BENEDUM,  Silverton.  FRANK  Slocan City.  DICK,  J��. E. PALMER, C.E.  PROVINCIAL LAND  and MINE SURVEYOR.  P.O. Box 214.  Sandon, B.C  G  THE MINERS EXCHANGE.  Three Forks, E. C. Weaver  HOTEL WELLINGTON,  Three Forks, J. S Reederj Miocan on?  WILLIM & JOHNSON.  (MeGill)  Mining Engineers  & Analy-Chemists.  Bxandon, B. C,  Assay Price List:  Gold, Silver, or Laid,each  $1.50  Gold, Silver and Lead, combined  3 00  Gold and Silver  2 00  Silver and Lead  3 00  Copper (by Electrolysis)  2 00  Goici, Silver, Copper and Lead  4 00  Gold and Copper  2 50  Silver and Copper  2 50  Gold. Silver and Copper  3 00  Platinum  5 00  Mercury  2 00  Iron or Manganese  2 00  Lime, Magnesium, Bavium, Silica, Sulphur, each  2 00  Bismuth, Tin, Cobalt, Nickel, Antimony,  Zinc, and Arsenic, each  4 00  Coal (Fixed Carbon, Volatile Matter, Ash,  and   percentage of Coke, if Coking'  Coal) :. 0  Terms: '.Cash With .-Sample.  JlllieLTltli. 1��95.  FRANK DIOK,  Assayer and Analyst  Chas. A. Stoess,  Assoc. M. Inst. C. E. M. Can. Soc. C. E.  CIVIL ENGINEER.  Provincinl Land Surveyor.   Minin*?Surveying  KmsIo, B. C  ,;'  lie FiFra Year.  THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., DECEMBER 16, 1897.  o  f|TCn tyoridUra  OX    THK    CROW'S    XEST    TA~SE.  The interior natives   of Honduras  spend their entire lives in indolence,  living upon fruits and reptiles, beasts  and birds so abundantly furnished by  nature.     These   primitive   people,  however, says a writer in the Boston  Traveler, never rob or steal except  in a petty way.    The Rosario mines,  located far away from the railroad  line, have taken out about $7,000,000  of ore since 1888,   and  brought it,by  mules through the dense mountain  path3 to a point of shipment without  ever being interfered with.   Some of  the peaks in the great mountain ranges are forever clad with snow, beginning at an altitude of 14,000 feet.  Here the scenery is grand beyond  description, and the vegetation dense  and lofty.    Mere lapse of time hardly  touches the people.    They   have de ���  tied many centuries,  and only now  in the mad restlessness   of the progress of this century do they begin to  falter.  Many of the presidents have been  educated abroad, and Gen. Bogram,  during his incumbency, tried tlie experiment of giving the press freedom  of speech, and otherwise conforming  to American ideas, with disastrous  results to himself. The inhabitants  speak a patois of the Spanish lang  uage, and as yet no English speaking  people have found it profitable to established broad commercial relations  with the wild domain. In Honduras  with a population of about 500,000,  fifty would be a fair estimate of the  number of Anglo-Saxons. Many of  the better class travel somewhat extensively, and are both educated and  entertaining companions.  The dethroned President -Vasquez  is a highly accomplished man, as are  President'Bonilla rand a number ot  his cabinet, most of whom received a  college education in the United States  or England. The government invites immigration by generous offers  of land, a full title to which is granted  by Congress, continuing good through  ail changes in presidents and staffs.  Mr. Valentine is especially conspicuous for the zeal he exerts in securing  concessions from the government to  all responsible American citizens  wishing to locate there. His indorsement is the open sesame to the  powers that be.  Honduras is very fertile in two  things, revolutions and bananas. Of  the later there are no vast plantations,  but each and every adult raises several or more bunches for shipment.  It is a game of chance, to risk y<*ur  all in the banana grove, because a  breeze as gentle as a Kansas zephyr  would blow it down, while a good,  healthy wind that would sc-trcely  make the coat tail of a K.-uisas real  estate man stand at right angles  would transfer the whole plantation  from the valley's depth to the mountain tops.  Bananas are raised  in  patches in  the shadow of the mountains, in small  clearings surrounded by almost impenetrable giant and gorgeous vegetation,   around   the   little   thatched  dwellings and in  wells and holes in  the ground.    Ships, mostly from New  Orleans, make regular trips for this  popular fruit and buy it delivered on  the boat for 10 cents a bunch.   Every  bunch must average   Y'eight  hands."  which, to be sure,   is large enough  and full grown.     When  traversing  the paths through  the forests on the  back of one of the  remarkable,   tireless and indigenous small  mules, or  skirting the coast on a banana vessel,  the uninitiated would wonder where  a shipload of this fruit was to come  from.   It comes, though,   in lighters  containing as many as 500 bunches  and iu   dories containing as few as  two   bunches and a   native brown-  skinned   woman   appareled   in   one  brief but usually clean garment. The  woods on  these occasions are full of  bananas, and a ship always secures  an ample load in two to five days,  when she steams to   some southern  port of the United States at the average rate of 8 to 12 knots per hour and  sells her cargo for a good round profit.  So prolific is the country that cocoa  nuts are raised in Honduras in such  quantities that millions are left on the  ground to decay.    Java can't produce  better coffee.   " Sugarcane grows as  tall and as sound as a pine sapling.  Potatoes are as large in circumference  as the girth of a New York alderman.  Oranges   bear   two   crops   a  year.  Limes, lemons,   guavas and kindred  products grow with little or no attention.   Sarsaparilla bales from there  carried away   the premium at the  World's Fair,' while  hides and skins  were nung with medals.     India rubber,   limewood,   cedar,   fustic,   etc.,  grow   prolifically   and   wild,   while  mahogany  and rosewood are  often  used for railroad ties.  The mineral wealth is vast and alluring���gold, silver, quicksilver,  precious stones, asbestos, iron, coal,  copper, lead, platina, ochres���all for  the mining and picking up. This  seems a great deal for one section to  possess, and reads like a fairy tale.  It is, however a solemn fact that the  Republic of Honduras, though it is  among the largest, the most favored  by nature, and the least developed  by man of any of the five Central  American Republics, is not attracting  immigration or money. There are  several good reasons for this,.  Anywhere in the  valleys you can  whittle   malaria,   and  the   souls of  thousands  of  the   English-speaking  The climate is especially fatal to  Northern women,  who,   after a short  residence,   become   as   yellow   and  thick-skinned as the yellow  skin of  any ripe  banana,   while   the dark  complexion   of  the   native   woman  seems to  become softer,   richer and  paler under the torridity ofthe sun.  Then the unstability of the government keeps foreign money out, and  the native money is spent in revolutions.    That left���when any is left���  the deposed president often decamps  with to the United States or England.  The Honduranian soldier is not a peer  of the average   soldier   in Coxey's  army.    His pay is 2 reals (25 cents) a  day, and during the infrequent intermissions of internecine, troubles   he  gladly   rests   his   sword    and   gun  against a tree to take up the occupation   of carrying   banana branches  from the cars to the vessel at the rate  of three cents an hour.  BRITISH     COMIMBIA     TIIK    (lltK.VT.  , The Montreal Star in a recent issue  ,. pays the following tribute  to British  Columbia, under the above caption:  "The following from Harper's  Weekly in respect to British Columbia is an indication of how thoroughly that magnificent province is appreciated by all who have taken any  pains to examine its resources and  measure its possibilities:  " 'With not a thousandth part of its  resources developed, its fisheries only  in their infancy, the mines, forests  and soil only scratched- in places, its  population of 120,000 confined to the  coast and one river valley, the revenue returns rank British Columbia  as third among the provinces ofthe  Dominion. British Columbia is emphatically the province of the future,  the country of destiny, and most valuable possession of the British Crown  on this continent.'  "The same article furthermore  calls the province 'the key to the  Pacific,' and says that it is an assurances of Great Britain's commercial  dominion on that ocean. Its coast is  a succession of inlets, while the  Americans have only one good harbor for the last thousand miles of their  coast line; and it provides besides the  The Macleod Gazette gives the following interesting description of track  laying on tlie Crow's Nest Pass Railway: -'An engine is situated at the  rear of a train, and pushes the cars in  front of it.    At   tlie  front  end  of the  train   is   a   trac-k-laver.      This   is   an  ordinary fiat car.    Running- along its  ri��-ht hand  side is a sort of a trough, in  which  are rollers.    This  trough  connects with a long trolley arm, extending out some 20  feet or  more  in 'front  of the car,  and  built  with  an  incline  toward tlie ground:   This trough extends tlie entire length  of the right-  hand side of the train,   and   the ties,  starting   with   the   nearest   cars,   are  carried   through  this   trough    to  the  trolley-arm, at  the end of which they  are delivered to men who  place them  on the I grade.   On the left-hand side  of the  track-lying car,  extending its  whole   length," is   another   trolley   or  roller attachment, the one nearest to  the front on an incline, and along this  the rails are carried,  when each rail  is taken hold of by six men and placed  in position   on the ties.    It is at once  bolted on to the rail already in place,  the   gauge   bars set   the rails at   the  proper guage, and  the rails are then  spiked to the ties.    The engineer then  gets the signal,  when the train moves  'up one rail length, and the same thing  is repeated.    It is all done in an incredible short space of time,  and when one  remembers that something like seven  miles of track were laid in one day on  the main  line;  ofthe Canadian  Pacific j  Railway, one can   imagine how expert  those trackmen become.    Gangs of men  follow   up   the   train, levelling up the  track   and   putting   in  the remaining  bolts and spikes, etc."  HiJSTr,ixn   ivtAcr,Koi>.  Perhaps.of all the  towns in the Terri-  Arriving daily at  Knox Bros., in the  shape of���  Watches,  Diamonds,  Sterling Silver Novelties,  Celuloid Goods,  Clocks,  Jewelry, Etc.  Leave your orders  early for special  designs of Jewelry  1 111  only coaling station  on the coast.    It  is wholsome for Canadians to take a  look at their heritage occasionally so  that they  may not be overborne in  spirit by the spectacle of sixty-five  millions to the south.      We   have a  country here whose wealth is hardly  guessed at yet, and it is our opportunity to build up one ofthe most potent nations in the world.    Our membership in the British  Empire, guarantees to us the peaceful possession of  our rights, and at  the same time assures us that we shall never have the  hostility of the first commercial people of the world. '    We  have  but to  bide   our time.      There   are   great  things for us on the knees of the gods,  and nothing is so foolish as impatience  unless it be apathy. There is happily  no chance for us to doubt the future,  but we have only to look about us at  the enormous potential wealth of this  country to see that it  is simply waiting for the coming of the  men  and  the money to astonish civilization."  Aft��'i-   tlie   Standard  Oil   Trust.  Berlin, Dec. '��.���The minister of the  interior, Count .Tosadowsky, replying in  the reichstag to-day to an inquiry regarding the intention of the government  with the view of thwarting the Standard  Oil Company from monopolising the  German trade, said the government was  aiding the competition of German spirits  of wine with petroleum. There was hope |  that the efforts being made to improve j  the spirit lamp would shortly be success- [  ful. The minister of railroads, continued  Posadowsky, had .also arrived at a certain decision .regarding the reduction of  freight rates on Eussian petroleum.  Moreover, an increase in the customs  duty on American petroleum was being  considered. In conclusion Count Posadowsky said that the government, if  necessary would proceed ruthlessly  against the abuse complained of in connection with the Standard Oil Company  and would adopt widely the measures he  had indicated.  tories, British Columbia, or elsewhere  outside of the Yukon, says the Revelstoke Herald, Macleod has been the  liveliest during the past six months.   As  the centre for the large ranches in the  southern portion of Alberta, it has always enjoyed a fair amount of prosperity  and the merchants of the town have  done a good, solid business without  much rush, or excitement, but with the  advent of the contractors for the Crow's  Nest railway, with their armies of workmen, the business came with such leaps  and hounds that men, those who had  been used to the wild careering of the  gentle bucking broncho, considered his  movements very tame in comparison.  The offices of MY .1. Haney, manager,  and his large'staff of assistants, engineers and draughtsmen, etc., are situated  where the station is to be, about one and  one-half miles out of town, and already  there are quite a number of new buildings, all belonging to tlie railway. The  name of the village is Haneyville. One  ot the most interesting places in this  new town is tlie framing shop where all  the bridges for the line, at least to the  summit, are framed aud sent over-the  line to tlieir destination ready to be put  together, ii. Balfour, who had charge  of bridge construction on the C. P. R. as  well as the C. & E., is in command, with  .f. Weller again as first assistant. The  high winds und stormy weather of No-  i vember have delayed bridge work con-.  I siderably and up to Saturday last the  J contractors considered the chinook, of  i which they bad heard so much about, a  myth.  "While business in every line has received an impetus sufficient to make the  old-timers stare, the hotels have had a  veritable Klondike. With such au influx of population, sleeping accommodation was at a premium and it was hard  to serve up meals to the crowd. The bar  rooms were crowded from opening time  in the morning till the hour of closing,  and it was a stampede to see who would  get his money accepted first. If the  same number of people had to be accommodated in any of the mining towns of  B. C. there would be about 20 hotels and  saloons with licenses. Here there are  only two hotels, and it is said the wildest  stories told of the Klondike riches would  not equal the pots salted down by these  hotels this year.  Bourne Bros, have received a direct  importation . ot Japanese Silk and  novelties. Many articles of Japanese  art are suitable for Xmas. presents.  your   favorite   pet  Has an  Immense  Stock of ........  Th.  Windsor  RESTAURANT  In NEW DENVER is always ready to do  business. It has never closed its doors  on account of the little financial breezes  that blow adversely occasionally in the  Silvery Slocan. The weary and hungry  pilgrim has always been able to get his  wants, and in consequence they call again  when in town. Keep your eye on the  Sunday dinners.  JACOBSON & GO.  No necessity for  freezing to death  if you have a few  dollars to in vest in  this kind of stock.  Call in,  The prices will astonish you.  EI  On Harris' Pond,  OTEL SANDON,  ^  ta  vK  vK  vK  7ft  ~X~  Sandon, B.C.  npHIS NEW HOUSE, with the old name, is  well equipped to accommodate a large  number of Guests. The building is plastered  and the rooms are unsurpassed for comfort in  the Slocan, while in the Dining Room can be  found the best food in the market.  Robert Cun nng, Proprietor.  Nell���Which   is  amon.<>- animals.  Belie (enthusiastically  -Man.  And continuing throughout  the Season.  Admission  X'l/Vii  Ladies Free.  The Clifton House,  Sandon.  Has ample accommodations for a larye number of people.     The rooms are large  and airy, and tho Dining- Kooin is provided with everyUiing1  in the market  Sample Rooms for Commercial Travelers.  John Buckley, Prop.  Season Tickets, $3.00  Air Tie-lit Heaters ancl Box Stoves at  Bourne Bros. The largest stock and  lowest prices in the Slocan.  A religious contemporary which  points out that pugilists are "almost  exclusively men who are without any  religious instinct," forgets that they are  all devoted musclemen.  Morality   in    Camilla.  An immense assortment of furniture  lower than Coast  prices,  at Crowley's  New Denver.    Freight paid on order  to So-"1'"i and all Slocan points.  Canada is all right morally as well as  in every other way. Her people are  credited with having a large amount of  good sense. Principal Grant of Kingston  University says the sobriety of her people is-universally admitted. The reason  is the healthy religious sentiment of the  people, which responds to every sane appeal, with regard to the admitted evils  of drunkenness, tippling, treating, and  the nse socially of wine or spirits. But  better food and lodging are necessary for  the masses, and more refined amusements for all.  Lady (to applicant for coachman)���  Are you an Englishman ?  Applicant���So, mum; 1 was born in  Ireland; but I've lived so long in  Ameriky that I s'pose I do seem quite  English" you know.  Everything necessary in the making  of Xmas. cakes and pies can he purchased at Bourne Bros.  In most semi-civilized countries the  coin of tin! realm is perforated in order  that it may be strung on a wire on cord  roi convenience in carrying. Drop  your punched quarters in "the missionary box.  L  < >  NEW   DENVER,   B.C.  tongue have gone  to  place on this malarial  the last resting i  breeze. i  Agents for B. C. Sugar Refinery and Royal  City Planing Mills.  Rooms and  Board.  Rates Reasonable.  This House is plastered  and is one of the most comfortable in the Slocan.  Everything new and first-  class.  N. C. DINGMAN.  "fc-   "*-&���   -**-  ^ ���^ ^  ������%,   -^��>,   -^,   -^.  ���^�� ^- ^k-  !-�����,  "%.  *%.   -%,  ^^     *^^     ^>v  ;    -*%*���*-    ���%-  ,*%-   "%- . -^   ���%-  <^, ^ q��  !-5fc.    ���%-    -*-    -5k-  *%-    "*"V    -^  j The assessment is $2 in dust,  j Nuggets, or anything of Commercial value  If you are  going to the Klondike  take a copy of THE LEDGE with  you.       It will cheer  you on  the  journey  seekers.  to   that   mecca   of  gold  SILVERTON, B. C.  oria  To Prospectors  and Claim Owners  Mining Properties of  all kinds war ted for  English market.  $&Mj&m  Is the leading hotel of the  city, and headquarters for  Mining and Commercial men.  The house is new, the rooms  all plastered, and the furniture in use is of the latest  and most serviceable patterns  The service in the Dining room is the. best that can be  t rovided. The bar is replete with the best wines, liquors  and Cigars. JAMES   BOWES.  AMOS THOMPSON,  Manager.  R.   B. THOMPSON,  \V.  D.  MITCHELL  Secretary.  Notary Public.  If  DENVER,  B.C.  Mining Properties  Send full particulars tti  Milling' Broker  RICHARD   1'LEU'MAN  ]'. (I. Box 7ai>,   Ro3.-*l;in��i  B.  NEW  Mines and  sale.    Abstracts,    &e.  Correspondence solicited.  Agents for Phoenix  of London, Eng.  for  insurance Co.  TRAT HERN.  Jeweler  KASLO CITY.  The only 1 'radical Watchmaker iu tlie  liity District. Orders Iiy mail -eeeive  attention.  B.C  KoOU*.-  promii  ALL WORK GUARANTEED-  j THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., DECEMBER 1G, 1897.  Fifth Year  [Copyright, 18&7, by A. H. Hawkins.]  "Seeing   that   ray father  Henry  its  dead aud   that I ana'king, seeing  also  that I am no  longer a  bachelor, bat   a  married   wan (and   here   he   bowed  to  Margaret of Tuscany, his newly wedded'  wife),'and seeing that Osra is turned 20  years of age���why, wh arc all  going to  "be sober folk at,Strelsau   from this dav,  forward, anu   we ;uo going to  play np  more pranks.    Here's a   pledge of   it. **  Ancl, having said this, King Budolf III  took'?, (V-v) <ii;-it of wine.  At; v,i-.i: ii  thar the L  come to <;t!:  a:i'i of iiiv i.  nient the ushers announced  t:l Harry Culvcrhonse had  his leave of their-rnnjesties  iuo'.-sH.  This gentleman had  accompanied    tlie   embus:;/   that   came  from Kughiad to congratulate' the king  on bis man iajje, and he hud staid some  months in StroVu.', very eagerly acceding to the kiiij-rY-* invitation to   prolong  hi-: visit, for   such were his folly and  headstrong  passion thv he   had fallen  most desperately in, love with   the fair  face of Princess Osra and could not eu-  -  dure to live out of  her  presence.    Yet  now he came to bid .farewell, and when  he was ushered in Rudolf received him  with much -graciousness and made him  a   present of  his own miniature  yet in  diamonds, while   tho  queen   gave, him  her miniature set in tho lid of a golden  casket.    In return Lord  Harry   prayed  the  king  to  accept a  richly  mounted  sword   and   the  queen   an   ivory  fan,  painted by the greatest artist of France  and bearing her cipher in jewels.  Then  he came to Princess Osra, and she, having bidden him farewell, said, "I am a  poor maid, my lord, aud  I can give no  great  gift, but take this  pin  from my  hair and keep it for my sake. " And she  drew out a golden  pin from her hair, a  long and sharp pin, bearing for its head  her oipher in brilliants, and she gave it  to him, smiling.  But he, bowing low and then falling  on his knee, offered her a box of red  morocco leather, and when she opened  it she saw a necklace of rubies of great  Bplendor. The princess flushed red seeing that the gift was most costly. And  she would fain have refused it and held  it out again to Lord Harry. But he  turned swiftly away, and, bowing once  more, withdrew. Then the princess  said to her brother, "It is too costly.','  The king, seeing how splendid tbe  gift was, frowned a little, but then he  said:  "He must be a man of very great  wealth. They are rich in England. I  am sorry the gift is so great, but we  eaunot refuse it without wounding his  honor."  So tho princess set the ruby necklace  with her other jewels and thought for  a day or two that Lord Harry was no  wiser than other men and then forgot  him.  Now, Lord Harry Culverhouse, on  leaving the king's presence, had mounted his horse, which was a fine charger  and splendidly equipped, and ridden  alone out of Strelsau, for he had dismissed all his servants and dispatched  them with suitable gratuities to their  own country. He rode through the  afternoon, aud in the evening he reached  a village 15 miles away. Here he  stopped at a cottage, and an old man  came out and escorted him inside. A  bundle lay on the table in the little  parlor of the cottage.  "Here are the clothes, my lord," said  the old man, laying his hand on the  bundle.  "And here are mine," answered Lord  Harry. "And the horse stands ready  for you." With this he began to pull  off the fine clothes in which he had had  audience of the king, and he opened  the bundle and put on the old and plain  0uit which it contained. Then he held  out his htind to the old man, saying,  "Give me the 5 crowns, Solomon, and  our bargain is complete."  Then Solomon the Jew gave him "5  crowns aud bade him farewell, and he  placed the crowns in his purse and  walked out of the cottage, possessing  nothing in the world saving his old  clothes, 5 crowns and the golden pin  that had fastened the ruddy hair of  Princess Osra, for everything else that  he had possessed���his lands and houses  in England, his horses and carriages,  his money, his clothes and all that was  his���he had bartered with Solomon the  Jew in order that he might buy the  ruby necklace which he had given to  Princes.-! Osra. Such was the strange  madness wrought in him by her face.  It  was  now   late   evening,   and   lie  walked   to and  fro all  night.    Tu  the  morning he went to the shop of a barber, and iu return for oue of his crowns  the barber cropped his long  curls short  and   shaved off  his mustacho aud gave  him a   dye with which   be  stained  his  oomplexion   to  a  darker   tint,  and  he  made his face dirty and soiled his hands  and  roughened   the  skin   of   them   by  chafing them on some flints which  lay  by the roadside.   Then, changing a sec-  end crown, he  bought a loaf  of  bread  and set off to trudge to Strelsau, for in  btrel.suu was Osra, and he would not be  anywhere else in the world.  And when  lie had  arrived there he went to a sergeant of the king's guard and prevailed  on him by a present of 3 crowns to enlist him as a trooper, and this  tho  sergeant, having  found   that  Lord Harry  could   ride   aud  knew how to   use   his  sword, agreed to do.    Thus Lord Harry  becRBit) a trooper in  the guard of  King  Eu :olf, baling   for all   his possessions,  j that "had fastened the hair of Princess  j Osra. And nobody knew tijpn except  j Solomon the Jew, and he, having made.  ' a good profit, held his peace both then  \ and afterward.  ' Many a day Lord Harry mounted guard  j at the palace, and he often saw the kins;  with the queen ride out and back, but  they did not notice the face of the  : trooper. And sometimes he saw the princess also, but she -did not look at him,  ; although he could not reatrain himself  from looking at her; but, since every  man looked at her, she had grown aeeir -  tom'.d to being gazed at aud took no  h< ed of it. But once she wore tho rV y  necklace, and the. 1-veath of tho troop :���  went quick and eager when he saw it  on her neck, and a sudden flush of color  spread over all his face, so that the  princess, chancing to glance at him in  passing and seeing the color beneath and  thro-.-; h the dye. than stained him, was  greatly astonished, and she reined in  her horse for an infant and looked.very  inteutly at him, yet she rode on again  in silence.  That evening there came to the quarters of the king's guard awaiting woman, who ui-V-d to see the trooper that  had ���mounted ��� guard at the west gate of  the palace that day, and when he came  the woman held out to him a box of  red morocco leather, saying, "It is for  you." But he answered, "It is not for  me," aud, turning away, left her. And  this happened on three evenings. Then  on the fourth day it was again his turn  to mount guard at the palace, and  when he had sat there on his horse for  an hour the Princess Osra rode out from  under the. portico. She rode alone, and  the ruby necklace was on her neck, and  she said:  "1 am going  to ride outside the city  the river bank.   Let a trooper follow  awoke and saw Princess Osra sleeping  peacefully with a smile on her lips such  as decks a child's lips in sleep. He rose  and stood upon his feet, looking at her,  and he heard nothing but the sound of  the horses cropping the grass a little  way off. Then he drew near her and  g.'izcd long en her face, and she opened  hr-r eyes and saw him. But she showed  no fear of him. She smiled at him, and  she said: '  "Even here I am guarded: by one of  fi-q gentlemen who guard me in the  pa.Y.ce." And she closed her eyes again  and turned to sleep.  Then a shiver ran through him. Ahd  be dug his nails into the palms of bis  bands and, turning, walked swiftly up  nud down on the bluff by the side of the  river while Osra, slept. And presently  befell on his knees beside her and began to murmur in a rapid tik-Ii of words,  but he did not now curse, her beauty,  but,blessed God for it and blessed him  also for the preservation of his own  honor. Thus he spent the night till day  was near, aud then he bent over Osra  and looked once more ou her, and he  took up the ruby in rkln.ee and laid it  hgiVy about her nick. And, feeling  the toucl) of it, cool and wet from the  dew, she again opened her eyes and,  putting her knuckles in them, she rubbed  gristly, nud she gasped a little yawn,  saying, "Heigh ho, lam sleepy:" and  sat up. And she said, "Are you not  sleepy, my lord?*'  "1 am on watch, madam," said Lord  Harry Culvcrhonse.  As the princess sat up the ruby necklace fell from hev neck into her lap.  Seeing it, si.-e held it up to him, saying:  go to  your own  gave too great a  throat, for he had loved Lord Harry  Culverhouse, and he asked again, "Is  there no other way?"  "Hark!" said the other. "I hear the  horses of your guard drawing near. I  hear them to east and west and north,  and do you not spe shapes riding there  to the south, across the river? If I ride  from here alive, I shall betaken and the  truth must be known. For my sake and  hers, strike, sire."  Then the king took Lord Harry Culverhouse by the arm and drew him to  him, saying:  "Must it be so, Harry? And we have  i'ived as frieuds together."  "The sound of the hoofs is very near,  sire."  The king drew himself up to his  height and he raised his hat from his  head and bowed low to Lord Harry Culverhouse, and he said:  "iSi'ovv praise be to God for the restoration of this gentleman to a sound mind  and may Christ grant him mercy for  the sake of his honorable death."  And be drew his sword from its sheath  aud came up to Lord Harry Culverhouse, who stood on the edge of tho  biuff. The king raised his sword and  .-V.-uck -with all his strength, and tho  head spirt under the bjovv, and Lord  i-larry Culverhouse fell  dead  from   the  . X1  ftfe  /,-��  Take-it again and  by  me some way behind." And she signed  with her hand to Lord Harry, and he  rode after her through tbe streets and  out of the western gate, and they turned  along the bank of the river. When they  had gone three or four miles from the  city, Osra halted aud beckoned the Lord  Harry to approach her, and he came.  But when she was about to speak to  him and tell him that she knew him a  sudden aud newT madness came on to  him, and he seized her bridle and dug  his spurs deep into his horse's flanks,  and both the horses bounded forward at  a gallop. Iu alarm the princess cried  out, but he did not heed her. Along the  bank they galloped,'and when they met  any one, which happened seldom (for  the place was remote and it was now  evening), he bade her cover her face,  and she obeyed, twisting her laee handkerchief over her face. Thus they rode  till they came at nightfall to a bluff of  rock high above the stream. Here Lord  Harry suddenly checked the horses,  flung himself from the saddle and bade  the princess dismount. And she obeyed  and stood facing him, pale with fear  and apprehension, but wearing a proud  and scornful air.    And he cried:    ���  "Is it not well yon should die? For  you live but to madden men and drive  them to sin and folly."  "Nay," said she, "to men of good  heart beauty leads to goodness. From  yourself come the sin and the folly, my  lord." And she laid hold of the ruby  necklace and broke tbe clasp of it and  flung it on the ground before him, but  he took no heed of it. but seized her  hand and drew her to the edge of the  bluff, saj'ing:  "The world will be safer if I fling  you down."  Then sba looked in his faoe, and a  sudden pity entered her heart, and she  said very gently:  "Sit down, my lord, and let me put  my hands ou your brow, for I think you  are in a fever."  And he sat down, all trembling and  shaking, like a man with ague, and she  ii! fi Yi l'i' ��� I'k'-'i'"*"   ��� --J- ^<t^*  1"   k ^   '*U   VY^'t* '-^V;->  w  gave   what-   the   king's  him, a   few pence  and  stores   afforded  the golden   piu  ** *��V;, ^ ;  Site looked very intently at him.  stripped off her gauntlets and took his  forehead between her hands, and he lay  there quiet with his head between her  hands. And presently his eyes closed  and lie slept. But Osra did not know  what to do, for darkness had fallen and  she dared not leave him alone there by  the river. Therefore sho sat where she  was, and iu an hour, the night behiK  fine .tne not cold, she grew weary, and  her hands fell away from his brow and  b'he sank back on the green turf, pillowing her head on a curved arm, and there  she slept with the mad lord by her aud  the ruby necklace lying near them.  At midnight Lord Harry Cnlverhouse  home.    I am sura you  price for it. "  Ho smiled, for she did not know how  great tlie price was, and he asked:  "And must I, in my turn, give back  the pin that fastened your hair?"  "No; kee:i i ho pin. It is worth nothing," she (Mailed. "Is it safe for me to  go fo sleep for a little longer?"  "Who would harm you, madam?  Even I have not harmed you."  "You!" said she, witb a little laugh.  "You would not harm vne." And she  lay down and closed her eyes.  Then Lord Harry Culverhouse sat  down ou the giot-ud and rested his  chin on his knees aud clasped his hands  about his shins, and he cursed himself  bitterly, not now because he meditated  any harm to her���for his mad fury was  past and he would have died before a  hair of her head should be hurt���but  because of the evil that his wild aud  reckless madness kail brought upon her..  For he knew that soon there would be  a pursuit, and that if she-and he were  found there it would become known  who he was, and her fame would suffer  injurious rumors by reason of what he  had done. Therefore he niado up his  mind what he ma-it do next, and he.  abandoned all drcans that had led him  into the foolish adventure on which he  had,embarked and put from him tbe  wickedness that had filled his heart  when first he carried her to the bluff  over the river. And he rose on to his  knees and prayed that if his deed were  a sin���for it seemed to him rather a  necessary thing���then it might be forgiven, but that, in any case, no hurt  or harm should befall the Princess  Osra by reason of ar.ything that he had.  done. Finally he commended his soul  to God. Aud then he took tho ruby  necklace in his hand, and, holding it,  walked to the edge, cf the bluff'.  But at this instant: the sound of the  hoofs of a horse struck on his ear, and  the sound was loud and close, and he  had no more time than to turn round  before a horse was reined in suddenly  near him, and a man leaped from it and  ran at him and grappled with him. And  then Lord JHarry perceived that the man  was the king, for when Osra did not  return search parties had been sent out,  and tbe king himself headed one, and,  having the best horse and being urged  on by love and fear for his sister,--he  had outridden all the rest aud had  chanced to come alone where Osra and  Lord Harry were. And he gripped Lord  Harry furiously, cursing him for a  scoundrel and demanding what he had  done to the princess. Then Lord Harry  said:  "Do you not know me, sire? I am  Lord Harry Culverhouse."  Greatly astonished, the king loosed  his hold and fell back a pir.-e, for he  did not understand what he heard, but  yet knew the voice of his friend. Then,  looking down, he beheld Osra sleeping  peacefully as a child on the ground,  with her cloak spread under her that  she might take no harm from the damp.  And Lord Harry caught him by the  arm, crying, "Are there others coming  after you ?"  "Aye," said the king, "many others.  .The whole of the guard are roused and  seek her high and low iu the city and  outside. But how come you here, man?"  Then Lord Harry told the king what  he had done, speaking very briefly and  hastily, but yet sparing nothing, aud  when he told him how he had carried  off the. princess the king's hand flew to  the hilt of his sword. But Lord Harry  said, "Not yet," and continued to tell  the king how Osra had pitied him aud  how ho had watched by her and how  she had slept again, bidding him keep  the pin. Then, glancing at Osra, he  lowered his voice and spoke very quickly  and urgently, and the king held out his  baud and shook Lord Harry's hand,  asking, "Is there no other way?" But  Lord Harry shook his bead, then he  kissed tho king's hand, and next he  went au.i kissed Oara's hand very softly  and looked for the last time on her  face, and he drev7 the golden pin from  his purse and he put it gently and deftly among Lc.r hair. And he took the  ruby necklace in his own hand ana  clinched  it tight, and he said  to King  \ J  J?'^  rfi'^.   -  ���'��V.KV;^^Y  l:V:V :  .T^t1  . .-fvi-^v'i  16W;0\  ��� ^ . W< ..vA#       V  '"    'i' "  "All. shier,  bluff   into the  itow came you here?"  river, holding the  ruby  nccklat'o in his clinched hand. And the  king shivered and a short sob burst from  him.  On this instant arose an eager, glad  cry. and 20 of the guard rushed forward,  greeting the king and rejoiced to seethe  princess. And she, roused by the noise  cf their coming, sat up again, rubbing  her eyes, and she cried: "Where is he?  Where is Lord Harry?" And she looked  round ou the troopers, aud they gazed  at hin', much astonished at hearing what  she said. But Budolf caoio to her and  took her hand, saying:  "Why, Osra, you have been dreaming.  There  is   no  Lord  Harry   here.     Lord  'Harry Culverhouse is far cu' in his own  country.    Did   this rascal of  a trooper  frifhlen you?"  tier eyes grew wido in wonder, but  before she could speak he turned to the  guard, saying:  "By heaven's pleasure I came in time  to prevent any harm except the loss of  a necklace my sister wore, for as I rode  up I saw a fellow stooping down by her  and fumbling with the clasp of her  necklace. He was one of your troop aud  had ridden out behind her, and as I rode  up to him he sprang away from her,  holding her necklace in his hand, and I  leaped down from my horse and ran at  him, and he retreated in fear. Then I  drew my sword and drove him back to  the edge of the bluff, and then I split  his skull and he fell into the river, still  holding the necklace. But, thanks to  God, the princess is not hurt. Let search  be made for the fellow's body, for perhaps the necklace will be still iu his  hand."  But   oue  cried,   "How   came   they  here?"  "Ah, sister,"  said   the   king,   fixing  his eyes on Osra, "how came you here?"  And she, reading  in   the king's eyes  the answer that he would have, said:  "The trooper compelled me to come  hither with him, and be threatened to  kill me if I would not give him my  necklace, but I refused, aud then he  drew a knife aud menaced me with it,  audi fell into a swoon and knew no  more until I awoke and found you here,  and now I see that my necklace is gone."  "Bring her horse," the king commanded, "and ride in front and behind.  We will return to the city at the best  speed we may."  Then he mounted the princess on her  horse and rode by her side, supporting  her with his arm, ancl the troopers were  some way off in front aud behind. And  the princess felt the pin again in her  hair, and, putting up her hand, she  pulled it out, and she said:  "He has given me back my pin."  "Of v.hoHi do you speak?" asked the  king.  "Of Lord Harry Culverhouse.    Is he  indeed dead, Rudolf?"  "Are you still dreaming?" answered  tho king", with a laugh. "What had that  fellow to do with Harry Culverhouse?"  "But tho pin?" sho cried.  "My wife set it in your hair before  you started, for she wished to replace  the one you gave to Lord Harry."  ' 'She did not touch my hair today,"  cried the princess.  "Aye, but she did," said he.  The princess suddenly fell to sobbing,  and she said:  ' 'Yell me the truth, tell me the truth.  Sir-i !y it was in truth Lord Harry Cul-  Ti-rliour-e?"  Then Wlolf drew very close to her,  mad thoughts in his heart. Yet at the  end he also dif-d, as.'readily and as  nobly as our dear friend himself would  have died for your sake. I pray you ask  no more of him, but be contented to  know that though he died by the sword  yet he died in peace and willingly. But  of our dear friend, as we knew him,  think ns much as you will, for the love  of an honest gentleman is a good thing  to think of."  The Princess Osra, hearing this, laid  her hand in her brother's hand, and for  a long while she did not speak. Then  she said:  "But our friend will not come again,  Rudolf."  "No, you will never see our friend  again," answered the king.  "Then when you see him���for I think  you will see him once again���lay this  pin in his hand and bid him take it and  keep it for the sake of the love I bear  him.   Perhaps he will hear you."  "It may be. I cannot tell," said the  king.  "Audit" he has the necklace," said  she, "pray him to give that to you, and  sell it, Rudolf, and give the value of it  in gifts to the poor. Yes, to all that are  unhappy and afflicted, even as the poor  man who was with me tonight."  "So Ye it, Osra," said tho king, and  he kissed her. But who burst.,agaiu suddenly into passionate weepim*, calling  (.and to witness that her face wits a curse  to her and a curse to her friends and  praying tho king to suffer her to take  the veil in a convent, that, she might  trouble hnnesf men no more. And thus  he brought her in ;>. sad plight, to the  palace and gave her into tho anus pf his  wife,, still sobbing bitterly. And he  him-Vi' look tli" pin, and when the body  of the rand trouper was found, with his  own hand ho covered the face, and put  tho pin in tlie hand from which ho took  the ruby necklace, and he sold.tho necklace and usid. the proceeds of it as his  sister had desired,  Thus tlie madness of Lord Harry Culverhouse which was bred in him by the  beauty of the Princess Osra worked its  way with him and brought him first  into peril of great villainy and at last  to death. And his name passed no more  on the. lips of any in Strelsau-nor between King Rudolf and his sister, while  tho story that the king had told to the  troopers was believed by all, aud hone  save the king know 'what Lord Harry  Culverhouse had done iu his madness.  But  Osra mourned for   him   and for  a  long while she would not go abroad or  receive any of the princes or nobles who  came to the court, but lay still,.sick and  full of grief, bewailing the harm that  she had wrought. Yet as time passed  she grew again happy, for she was  young and the world was sweet to her,  aud then, as King Rudolf had bidden  her, she remembered Lord Harry Culverhouse as he had been before his madness came upon him. Yet still more did  she remember how, even in his madness,  he had done her, no harm, but had  watched beside her through the night  and had, as morning dawned, entreated  death at the hands of the king, preferring to die rather than that the talk of  a single idle tongue should fall foully  upon her name. Therefore she mourned  for him with secret tears.  But he, although no monument  marked his grave and although men  spoke of him only as the mad trooper  who had robbed the princess, yet slept  soundly aud at peace, and his right  baud lay clinched npon his heart and  in it, the golden pin that had fastened  the ruddy hair of Princess Osra.  Tin-; km),  Tlie Sitfl Fate of a Gr.-ody Shark.  Spceial agents of the United States  treasury craved iu many states and see  many strange things. They hear strange  stories too. In the big custom house  building every day from 9 o'clock until  4 there, sits a man who is a very treasure mine of aiavdotes. Hi* is so modest,  though, that, he won't allow his name  to be used in connection with this particular story.  ' "It was off Cedar Keys, " said ho. "I  had bt;e!i sha*k fishing, and was talking  of (--huikf-i to an old time sponge fisher'  me that'he bad found,  off   the keys, the largest,  when  sonic. Y  ic told"  ) miles  ever   been   his fortune  to  in*.*,   belly   upward, starved   to  Why, the shark was as thin as  said   the sponge fisher, 'and I  shark- il had  see, (jij;i  d- ill h.  a poker.  desrinined to find out what ailed him.  I palled him aboard and cut him open.  There, in bis .stomach, open end towi 1  the head, was half of a barrel which  had contained'mess pork. The half barrel had evidently been thrown overboard fiom some vessel and the shark  had paYbied it up as it hit the water,  ���Wont looking to see what it Was. It  wn;i too laid that he swallowed it butt  end first, for whatever he ate after that  wi et into the barrel aud did tho shark  no ; cod So he just starved.' "���New  Orleans Times-Democrat.  innon&Co.,  GRera  Silverton, B. C.  Ship g'oorls to any part of tho District.       Their store is the  largest' in  the Slocan country.  Dealers in  Hardware,  Tin   and   Graniteware,  Miners'Supplies, Paints, Oils, Glass and Putty, Doors & Windows.  ^���,X*^a^t39Ct��a&VAbJKBkjBS9&JSb.XRi^^  Has often been electrified  by the -wonderful bargains  offered from time to time by  people with something to sell,  but it remains for   and  "Sire, there are some in the city that  knew me before, but have not known me  since I have been in your guard, because  I have altered my face. Take car9 that  you so alter it that they do not know ma  again."  Then the king's breath caught in his  :e ,:sd softly:  wtet sister, the noble gentleman  ii v.e. knew, he whom I loved and  loved you in chivalrous deference,  irom us two months ago, Be not  hd about hi ni, for now all is well  him Bat there was an unhappy  with you, who was not Harry Culverhouse. and who had   murderous and  wet: i.  ,'rnr.i  V i t i i  man  to exceed all such propositions. For the sum of $5.00  ���any kind of a five that will  be recognized' in monetary  circles���we   will   send  The  any  one  box of 50 Trail Blazer Cigars.  Ponder over this, gentle and  refined reader, and send the  $5 before this magnificent  chance fades into the oblivion of past opportunities. . .  Ledge   to  America for  address in  year and a  !&  iyxy-wa-^wnur 'i^atgitf <iHiKir*<9��uaJn**ini ���*<jasrv<iyHS?'^JS(>-\3y'eSg>g^*y"'-'JU'' "SKxyiaB^gBE'v* s��8BBi7 saefiif *V ,G��F**J'*5) Fifth Year.  THE LEDGE. NEW DENYLR, B.C., DECEMBER.16, 1897.  wen a i!-j:r,tKR  rs  out of a .roit.  All nature is sick froin her heels to lior hair  Wen a feller 13 out of a jolp;  She is all out of kilter an' out of repair  WV.11 11 fe'ler is out of a job ;  Ain't no juice in the eartlr.ui' no salt in the sea.  Ain 't 110 Kinder in life in this land of the free.  An' the universe ain't what, it's cracked up to lie,  Willi a feller is out of a job.  Wal's tlie irood of blue skies an', of blos.-oinin'  trees  Wen a teller is out of a job :  'Wen yer boy has large patches  on both of his  knees,  A11' a feller is out of a, job V  Them patches, I say, look so big to yer eye,  That they shut out the lan'scape an'cover the  skv,  An'the sun  can't shine through 'em the best it  can try  W'cn a feller is out of a job.  Wen 11 man has no part iu the work of the earth  Wen a feller is out of a job ;  He feels lie's no share in the whole of the plan,  That he's got the mitten from Nature's own ban'.  That he's a rejected an'leftover man,  Wen 11 feller is out of a iol>.  arrest The. latter had protested and  made threats for tlie " outrag-c," but  had accompanied  tlie  man  with  a de-  THKOSCHM-JI  TK.VSH.INf-  tcctivt'S star uiidci  lis coat. The spectator had become excited, but the  j general delivery man had assured him  that it was,the regular way of catching  criminals,and was evidently much more  interested in the actions of the man  who handles letters that are received  unstamped.  "What is it now, Tom :V  ''Horse lung," gasped the clerk who  was working on the lis of the -'miscellaneous list," having entered the s^ore  of "bicycle parts." "Had a lot of stuff  in the Cs," he added; "cuff buttons,  compass, creosote  For you've jest lost your holt with the rest of the  ' crowd,  Wen a feller is out of a job;  An' you feel like a dead man with nary u shroud,  Won a feller is out of a job ;,  You are crawliu' aroun', but ver out-of the game,  Vou may hustle about���but yer dead   jest the  same���  Ver (lead with no tombstone, to pun up yer name,  Wen a feller is out. of a job.  Ev'ry man that's a man  wants, to  help push the  ' world,  Hut he cant if he's out oi a job ;  He is left out behind, on the shelf he is curled,  Wen a feller is out of a job ;  Ain't no juice iu the earth an' no salt in the sea.  Ain't no ginger ����� ���������"*' ������* tIlis land of the free.  An' the universe ain't what it's cracked up to he,  Wen a feller is out of a job.  ���Sain Walter Foss.  clocks  iron.  the lung- of a horse.    1 know what it is,  because   I   attended   the   autopsy   of  father's gray mare during my boyhood.  "1 had a canary bird yesterday, with  a plaintive note from a mother to her  sou Rufns, telling him "poor little Billie  died on the train. Bury him in (lie  back yard.' The postage was omitted,  but i forwarded it c.o.d., and this morning it was returned, liuftis "dear was  'not going to monkey with the old  thing.'  "The.mud turtles, minnows, hornets'  nests and ammunition that come  through here would stock a museum,  but aside, from a box containing some  cartridges that exploded in the concel-  ing machine we have had no infernal  machine worse than the big black  spider that was enroutc. to a girl."  The Countess of Waclitineister, wife  of tlie Swedish minister of foreign  affairs, lectured last evening at the  Paine Memorial on Men and Women  tlie Masters of Their Destinies, says  the Boston Herald of a recent date.  The law of evolution, she said,  taught that there was a first cause  from which emanated all fie divine  thoughts w.iich run out into matter,  but as the soul reaches out, so does  it, return to the centre, bringing with  1!   iinprc  (.Vown  veinents for  Grant of the  -Recorder fur a certificate '  the purpose of obtaining a  above claim.  _ And further lake notice ihat  action under see-  lion :iT must be <���-iiniiii-iI'-efi before  ihe  issuance  of such certificate of improvement.*;.  Dated ibis ispi dav of November. 1.-.H7.  R. K. PALMER, P. L. S.  Chicago Mineral Claim'.  ��� , v     . .,u!d.a cur]!"S' it all that it lias learned on the jour-  But here's a man that is mailing  Vancouver Kraelion Mineral Claim.  ���JUKES  1     ing as  TUB    SKAMY    SII>K. |  i  The following is an  extract from aj  letter received from Dr. W. A. Richard-!  son, formerly resident physician of the |  Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, who is now  at Dawson City :  Dawson Citv, Sept. 2b.���1 hear ithat  a boat is going down the river to-night,  and have'just time to send this letter to  vou.  ' Arrived here safely on Wednesday  hist, 22nd September, and am glad to  say in good health. We had a rough  time on the way. but nothing occurred  to hinder us. 'l cannot describe this  place vet, as 1 have had no time to examine it, but 1 can tell you that it is the  . dirtiest, filthiest hole that a man ever  got his foot into, and that next spring  it will be almost uninhabitable.  Winter is coining on, and we have  'been, busy starting our log cabin., f  moved on' a part of a lot alongside of  Van MilligaiVand Segrew. The place  is a mass of tents, huts, saloons, and  rubbish, but Ave are upon a hill near a  good spring, and ;iway from the lilth of  the town.  Winter will soon set in, ami it will be  a very hard and trying one on many,  ttnd many are going to suffer a great  deal froni privation and famine, for provisions are verv scarce. Only one boat  has come up so" far, and that had only  whiskey, tobacco and hardware.  The lies that havo.been told about the  place are hideous, and those circulating  them are deserving of hanging. They  will be the cause of the greatest suffering and destitution the world has ever  knoAvn.  1 have sufficient grub to last me during the coming winter, by exercising  the greatest economy. There are some  who" are going down from here to meet  the boats, or rather are going to try to  get to where the food was left. 1 trust  all avIio are short of food will be compelled to go also. The police are as  short of grub as any one. and they are  not of much service-, one sergeant: in  charge of fifteen men. There will be  some sort of organization of the avcII  disposed, and, no doubt, order will be  maintained bv that means. Mr. Con-  stantine is down at Forty-Mile Creek  100 miles from here, and is expected  back daily.  As to tlie mines, I cannot, give you  any definite information, but*that they  are not so numerous and profitable as  represented.  1 can certainly assure any one that  there has been'gross exaggeration^ in  manv-reports concerning them. Vou  may'tell any one who wants my opinion  that thev had better keep out of this  country','and keep shy of any investments'until next spring, when the  clean-ups will reveal the truth concerning them.  There have, been a great many people  come in, but 1 should judge that only  one-tenth of those who started have  arrived here so far.  I have heard of a few accidents, and  some have lost their lives, but it is very-  hard to find out who got through and  Avho did not.  WHATEVKK    IS,    IS    KTGHT.  They sat beside the kitchen heart))  One evening, Joe and Kate :  Tlie lire was burning very low,  The clock nroclaiinedjt late.  Vet Joe was in no haste"to go;  'Twas very plain to see  That he had'something on his mind  Of which lie would he free.  At length he found his voice to say,  '���'Dear Kate, 1 love you well���  If you'll consent to be my wife,  My joy I cannot tell.  There's not a girl in all the town  1 love, so well as you :  I oiler you my heart and hand ;  Doar'Kate, accept them���do !"  Kale looked him squarely in the face ;  "I do not doubt your word,"  She said, "but I must tell you. Joe,  Of some things 1 have heard.  They say that you go reeling home  A bout' three times a week :  That cards and billiards are'the friends  Whom you quite often seek.  "Now tell me, Joe, if this is true ;  Before-1 make reply,  I'd like to know what kind of life  You live when I'm not by.  Vou know as well as any one  It would not pleasant .lie  For me to be the wife of one  Who's drunk two night* in three."  Joe winced, hut. said: "I'll own, dear Kate,  That pari of it, is true;  I'm very apt, when I'm In Rome,  To do as Komans do.  Vou must not blame me for it, Kate :  ���Whatever is, is right,'  v..  And marrying you will be the means  That will reform mo quite."  "I'm glad that, you believe this. Joe.  'Whatever is,'is right,'  You will not feel so badly now  As otherwise you might,  When I confess that I have grown  To think just that way :  So I consented yesterday  To marry Tommy Gray."  Mary A. Simpson in Michigan Fanner.  A Street of H,��ll.  r.lTTT.E    HARKY'S    LETTER.  A postman stood with puzzled brow,  And in his hands turned o'er and o'er  A letter with address so strange  As he had never seen before.  The writing cramped, the letter small,  And bv a boy's rough hand engraven,  The words ran thus :   "To Jestis Ohnst,"  And underneath inscribed, "In Heaven."  The postman paused, for well he knew  No mail on earth this note could take,  And yet it was written in childish faith  Anil posted for the dear Lord's sake.  With careful hand he broke the seal  And reverently the letter read,  'Twis short and very simple too.  For this is all the writer said :  "My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ  I Ve lately lost my father dear ;  Mv mother is very,' very noor,  And life to her is sad and drear.  Vet thou hast promised in thy word  That none can ever ask in vain,  For what they need of earthly store  If only asked in Jesus' name.  "And so I write you in His name  To ask that you will kindly send  Some money (town, what you can spare.  And what, is right for us to spend.  I want so nnie.li to go to school���  While father lived I always went,  But he had little, Lord, to leave,  Aud what he left is almost spent."  The tidings reached that far-oil" land.  Although the letter did not go.  And straight the King an angel sent,  To help the little boy below.  Vet. to his mother he would say,  ������I knew the Lord would answer make  When he had read my letter through  Which I had sent for Jesus' sake."  Oh, happy boy ; could you but teaeh  Our hearts to trust oil'' Father's love  And to believe where aught's denied  'Tis only done our faith to prove.  The Canfield, Ont., Epworth League  held a temperance meeting in that  town on Thanksgiving Night. A.choice  musical service of temperance song was  supplied by the '-"last Seneca choir and  the address of the evening was given bv  the Rev. !>. B. Marsh, of Blackheath. It  was entitled "A Street of Hell," and  made a profound impression. He said,  in part:  The liquor traffic has no foundations  other than that of Christian nations and  the. Christian church. In the United  States alone there are over 200,000 licensed saloons. These would make one continuous street, stretching from Quebec  to a point 171 miles beyond Chicago,  each hotel to occupy a with of thirty feet,  It would take about twenty days to drive  the distance and about sixty to walk it.  There are 7,000,000 men, women and  children passing down this street, and it  would take only a few days less than a  year for them to pass a given point. Out  of this vast army 500,000 fall yearly by  the wayside. There is another procession of 125,000 marching by. They are  the- criminals of the United States for  one year, caused by the liquor traffic.  Ere they are past we hear the unearthly  yells of legions of maniacs, whose reason ]  is dethroned by drink. Here comes the i  March of Death���hearses twenty to the  mile���stretching from Quebec to Chicago,  bearing to their lowly graves the finished products of the saloou.  There is another procession, 160 miles  long, composed of the wives and children of drunkards. Here is a rear army,  150 miles in length ; in its ranks are idots,  caused by intemperance. We need no  other help but that of a united Christian church to wipe out this accursed  traffic that is blasting so many men and  women made in the image of 'God.  Good  for Army   and Nsivy.  Theosophy taught birth and  rebirth. When the germs of the mind  fructified in man, he began to feel  that lie was separate from his fellows,  and that he must look out for himself.  Through birth after birth that feeling- of selfishness Avas increased, until  there exists today the strug-g-le for  existence. The law of evolution goes  on working in this way, until the  soul begins to awaken .in man, and  he realizes that he is a divine being  and that it is his duty to care for  others, as Avell as himself.  When this awakening of soul becomes general, men will form themselves into one vast brotherhood.  Speaking ofthe law of incarnation,  the countess said that the soul came  down to live in a very primitive  form, but that it developed with each  succeeding life. At the conclusion of  one life it returned to the heavenly  state, and there it could intelligently  review, its past conduct and learn  how to do differently in another lite.  The soul is like an actor. It assumes  a character for a life, and after death  throws away this character and assumes a fresh one in a succeeding  life. The soul has no personality of  its own. Continuing, the countess  said that the power of thought Avas  the most important factor of life.  Theosophy taught Iioav to think and  what to think. It taught that one  should never allow an evil thought  to enter the mind. One must learn  to control one's thoughts, or else one  cannot become master of one's destiny. Every evil thought fills up the  bodyWith gross astral matter; good  thoughts build up the body with finer  matter.  An unlucky person is one avIio was  exceedingly selfish in  a former life,  the rich man who heeds not  the sufferings of his fellows,   after death returns to a life of the greatest poverty,  and then he Avill learn what suffering  means, and, if he  is rich in  a succeeding life,   he  will  do all   in   his  power for his felloAvs.    No one can be  a genius who has not worked for it in  a previous life.    Joseph Hoffman, the  voting  pianoist,   could,   never have  been a musical genius   had he not in  some previous life given  his  whole  mind to music.    Allied to the law of  incarnation is the law  of cause and  effect, continued the speaker.     One  must reap as one  sows.      When  one  falls from  the   law  of  harmony or  equilibrium" this  law  attempts to readjust: one. and in  this readjustment  comes all the suffering of life.     Theosophy teaches  one  to put trouble on  the shelf; it teaches the man who has  committed a crime to  be truly sorry,  once for all, and then to  put the matter out of mind, and to fix his thoughts  on a higher plane.  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division'of Wc-t  Kootenav District. Where located: On south  side of Four .Mile Creek, adjoining the Van -  couver Xo. - ;ind the Zilor claims.  XOTIOK thai 1. Robert IC. Palmer, net-  as agent, for the Vancouver Group Mining Co.. free miner's certificate Xo. Hlii'O, intend  sixtv 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.  Ami further take notice thai   action under section 37 must be commenced before  the issuance  of sneh certificate of improvements.  Dated this 1-Srh dav of November. 1SH7.  R. K. PALMER, P. L.S.  Situate in the Slocan Mi.iiug Division of West  Kooten'ay District. AVheiv located: On top of  divide between .Sandon and Cody creeks and  about one mile.  PAKE  irons  I'AKENOTICE. That I.A.R. Heylu  J.    fluent for Alonzo D. Coplen. free  Napi��r Mfin����r-il  Claim.  mouth of Cody creek;  iid, actinias  miner's certificate Xo. 77.:;-.'I. intend. 00 days from the date  hereof to apply to the Mining Recorder, fora  certificate of 'improvements for the purpose of  obtaining a.crow!' grant of the. above claim.  And further lake notice that action under See. j  .'57 must lie commenced before the issuance of j  such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 2.sth. day of September. I*!i7.  Gold It in if Mineral Claim.  TRAINS  EACH    DAY,  EACH    DAY  - Between ���  Situsteiuthe Slocan  Mining Division of West  Kootenav District.   Where located: On south  side of Four Mile Creek, adjoining the Mountain Boomer on the west.  rjlAKE NOTICE that I. Robert. E. Palmer, act-  L    ing us agent for the Vancouver Group Mining Cu.,k. M. C. Xo. ill 120, 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 he commenced before the issuance of  such certificate of improvements.  Dated this lSth day of November, 1R97.  R. E. PALMER, P. L.S.  Kicartlo Mineral Claim.  Situate in  the Slocan  Mining Division of West  Kootenay  District.    Where located:   South  side of Four Mile Creek adjoining the Zilor  on the West.  /PAKE NOTICE That I, Robert E. Palmer, ac-  JL    ting  as agent   for the  Vancouver   Group  Mining Co.. F. M. C. No. '.H420, intend sixty days  from the date, hereof to apply to the Mining Recorder for a certifieare of improvements for the  puriio.se of obtaining a Crown grant of the above  claim.  And further take notice that  action under section ,'17 must be commenced before the issuance of  such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 18th dav of November, 18S17.  'R. E. PALMER. P.L.S.  American Girl Mineral  Claim.  Situate in  the Slocan  Mining Division  of West  ���    Kootenay District.    Where located:   About  one mile from the Forks of  Cariboo  Creek  and joining the Millie Mack mineral claim.  TAKE NOTICE that I. .7. A. Kirk, acting as  J     agent for H.  C.   Pollock, free miner's  certificate No. 07,803, 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 tin; issuance of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 21st dav of July, 1807  J. A. KIRK.  Great. Eastern Mineral  Claim.  Situate in the Sloean Min ing Division of West  '    Kootenay District.   Where located:    Ad-  joini'ig the Madison and about V. miles southeast of Town of Sandon.  rpAKE NOTICE that I, Robert E. Palmer of  1    Sandon, acting as agent for Price Eaton  Co., free miners' certificate No.!l7)3.r) intend GO  days from the date hereof to apply to the Mining Recorder for a certificate of improvements  for the purpose of obtaining a Crown Grant ofthe above claim.  And further take  notice  that action under  Section 37 must ho commenced before the issuance of such certificate of improvements  R. E. PALMER, P.L.S.  Dated this ICtli day of September. 18!l7.     sell;  Cube T^orte Mineral Claim.  Trail and  Rossland  On the-^  1  CoiBMii & Western R'y  Run Made in one Hour.  Situate in the, Slocan Mining Division of West  Koofccii.'ty District. Where located: Adioin-  ing the Queen Bess claim on the east about  two miles south of Three Forks.  TiAKE NOTICE That I, Robert E. Palmer, ac-  L ting as agent for Win. Glynn, F. M.C. No.  85S55, ahd James H. Moran. F. M. C. No. 8301(1,  intend sixty davs 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 hi; commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 11th day of November, 1807  '  R.E. PALMER, P. L.S.  Situate in the Sloean Mining Division of West  Kootenay District. Where located: On top  of divide between Sandon and Cody creeks  and about one mile from mouth of Cody  creek,  ���TAKE NOTICE,That I, A.R.Heylaiid, acting as  I agent for Alonzo D. Coplen, free miner's certificate No. 77,22-1, intend, 00 days fromthe date  hereof, to apply to the M in ing' 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 See.  37 must be commenced before the issuance of such  certificate of improvements.  Dated this 28th day of September, 1897.  L. 1855, Or. 1.  Derliv Mineral Claim.  Xo. 6 Leaves Rossland at 7 a.m.; C01111ec.cs ic  the morning with Steamer at Trail.  No. 3 Leaves Trail at 8:15 a.m.; Connects at  Rossland with Red Mountain train for  Spokane.  No. 2 Leaves Rossland at 11:00 a.m.  Xo. 1 Leaves Trail at 12:30 p.m.; Connects with  C.P.R. main line Steames from  the north  at Trail.  Xo. 1 Leaves Rossland at 3:00 p.m.: Connects  with C.P.R. main line SteMuei*. for the  north ot Trail.  No. 5 Leaves Trail at 5:45 p.m.: Connects with  Steamer Lytton at Trail.  F. P. GUTELI'US, Gen'ISupt.  Trail, B.C., June 4, 1897.  CANADIAN  PACIFIC  RAILWAY.  The Quickest  and  Cheapest Route  East  or  West.  ���TAKE- NOTICE   That I.  1    acting as agent for Wm.  First Extension Mineral Claim.  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay District. Where located: Lying  south of the Young Dominion claim oil  Howson Creek about two miles south of the  Idaho Concentrator.  Robert E. Palmer.  Glynn, free miner's  certificate No. 85255, 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 lake notice that action under section 37 must lie commenced before the issuance of  such certificate of improvements.  Dal ed this 11th day of November, 1807.  R. E. PALMER. P.L.S  Mitliiifflit Fraetioiiiil   Mineral Claim.  Situate in the Slocan Alining Division of West  Kootenay    District.     Where    located:���  On Carpenter Creek about half a mile above  the town of Cody  and adjoining  the Chambers mineral claim.  ���TAKE NOTICE that I, John  Hirseh, as agent  I   for   A..   H.  Buchanan,    free   miner's   certificate No. 83,513. 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 Sec.  37, must he commenced before.'the issuance of  such Certificate of Improvements.  Dated this 10th day of October. 18!)7.  JOHN   HIRSCH.  Steamer     leaves    Nakusp    every  morning, making close connection  at   Revelstoke with  trains     or  all points East or West.  Dunedin  1853, Gr. 1.  Mineral  Claim.  '���Tho nation's saloons turn out more  graduates than the nation's schools.  And yet there arc those who say, "Let  tlie saloon alone and it will let you  alone." "No blacker liar was ever coined  by the iiend ol" perdition."���"Woodbury  (Conn.'(.Reporter.  Garnets, iloor cloth, rugs, mats, curtains." Bedroom sets in ash and oak.  Largest stock in Sloean-Kootenay.  CROWLEY, above Li:ooe Office. New  Denver. Freight paid to all Lake Points  and Sandon.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay'District. AVherc located: On Mt.  Adams, adjoining the Adams and Britomarte  two miles southwest of Sandon.  TAKE NOTICE that I, RobertE. Palmer, act-  1 ing as agent for the Adams British Columbia  Co. Ltd, free miner';? certificate Xo. 1J33S A, intend  sixty day.-, from the date hereof to apply to tlie  .Mining Recorder for a certificate of in'iprove-  viieiit.** for ihe 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 l'lth day of November, 1897.  R. E. PALMER, P.L.S.  Polly Minora]   Claim.  Situated in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay District.   Where located: On Reco  Hill and adjoining the Ruecan and Blue Bird  Mineral Claims.  TAKE NOTICE that 1, John  Hirseh, as agent  1    for James Marshall, F. M. C. 88878, Thomas  Brown, F.M.C. 83451, and Duncan S. Forbes, F.  M. ,, C.     G917G.     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 certificate of improvements  Dated this 15th day of October. 1807.  JOHN HIRSCH.  L. 185, >,  Rook MCi  Gr. 1.  nerjil  Before you travel get information from  C.P.R.   Agents as to time and  rates.    It will save you money  Apply to nearest Railway Agent  '    or to  H. DOUGLAS, Agent.  H. M. MacGregor, Trav. Pass Agt,  Nelson, or to E. J. Coyle, Dist.  Pass. Agt, Vancouver, B. C.  Sitoe Falls k  Nelson & Ft. Sheppard  Red  Mountain  RAILWAYS  Claim.  Sloean  Mining Division  of  District.     Where located:  West  Ad  T  Situate in the Slocan   Mining Division of West  Kootenay District.   Where located: On Four  Mile Creek, near mouih of Granite Creek, adjoining the Mountain Boomer.  1AKE NOTICE that T, Robert E. Palmer, acting as agent for the Vancouver Group Mining Co., F. M. C. No. !)lt_'0 intend sixty davs from  the date hereof to apply to the Mining Recorder  for a certificate of improvements for the purpose  of obtaining a Crown  grant ofthe above claim.  And further take notice that  action under section 87 must be. commenced before the issuanci  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 18th day of November. 1SH7:  'R. E. PALMER, P L. S.  I.alia  Situate in the  Kootenay  .joining tbe Carbonate King mineral claim on  Payne Mountain.  TAKE NOTICE that I.John Hirseh, as agent for  1 Edward Mahon, free miner's certificate No.  JJ-l/VfJT, intend oodays 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.  Ami, further take notice, that notion under  Section ;i7 must he commenced before the issuance of said certificate of improvements.  Dated this. Aith day of October, 181)7.  JOHN HIRSCH.  Ajax    'Fraction    Mineral    Claim.  Concord Mineral Claim.  OI'EJSI-    THINGS    IN    THE    MAIL  The in.-iii in the general delivery win-  down, when he had been asked for a  letter for a certain man, had made a  mysterious sign to a muscular individual who had been slmlliii"- peanuts on a  nearby bench and who had told the  owner of the   letter that lie   was under  -���The uselessness, if not harmfulness,  of even moderate doses of alcohol, rests  on better evidence than scientific de-  ! ductions and experiments.    In  connec-  I tion with the sanitation of armies, thou-  i sands of experiments upon larg-e bodies  ! of men have been  made, and have led  j to the result that in peace and war,  in  I every climate,  in   heat  and  cold and  rain, soldiers are better able to endure  tlie   fatigue   of  the   most exhausting-  marches when they are not allowed any  alcohol at all.    A similar result is observed in the case of the navies and in  thousands of commercial vessels belonging to Great  Britain and  the United  States, which put to sea without a drop  of alcohol.    Most whalers are  manner!  | by total abstainers.    The mental exertions of all kinds are better undergone  by   most people who have made the  trial.     Alcohol,   then,   makes   no one  stronger : it only deadens the feeling of  fatigue."���Dr.   G.  Bunge. professor' of  physiological chemistry,   I'Diversity of  Basle, Switzerland.  "So ye wor foined rive dollars fur as-  saultin Clanty," remarked Mr. Rafferty.  "Oi wur," replied Mr. Dolan, "an" it  wor a proud moment whin Oi heard the  sintince."  "Fur what raysin?"  "It showed beyond a doubt which  man had the best- of tlie contist."  Reciprocity Minora 1  Claim.  Situate in the r-jloean Mining Division of West  Kootenay District. Where located: Twenty  five miles west of Kootenav Lake and about  10 miles east of Sloean Lake, and about four  miles south of Seaton Creek, a . westerly extension of the Maid of Erin.  AKE NOTICE, that I. Charles A. Stoess of  Kaslo,B. C, acting as agent lor the Slocan  Reciirncitv Mining Co.," foreign, free miner's  certificate Fo. 81,8-ili, 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 tlie above  claim.  And further take notice that action as under  Section 37 must be commenced before the issuance of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this ,'! 'th day of November, 18H7.  T;  Gillian Xo. 4 Mineral Claim.  Situated in the Sloean Minintr Division of  West Kootenay District. Where located:  On Payne Mountain slide.  rpAKE NOTICE, that I. Charles A. Stoess of  1 Kaslo, 13. C. acting as agent for the Sloean  Reciprocity Mining Co., foreign, free miner's  certiiicate No. 81,Sin. intend sixty days from  the date hereof, to apply ro 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 :)7.niust be commenced before the issuance of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this :!0th dayof November. 1897.  Situate in the Slocan  Mining Division of West  Kootenay District.   Where located:   Adjoining' the Young Dominion on the north, about  1   miles south of ihe Idaho eoiieentrat'ir.  ���T-AKE NOTICE that I. Robert E. Palmer acting  1   as agent for Jas.   H.  Moran, F.  M. C.  No.  830lii, John A. Finch.  F.  M.  C. No.   70.-531, Wm.  Glynn.F. M. C.ar>2:Vp, and  Peter Larson. F. M.  C. No. 83717, -intend sixty days  from   the. date  hereof,    to     applv     to     the     Mining    Recorder for a certificate of  improvements for  the purpose of obtaining a crown gran*- of the  above claim.  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate, of inmrovements.  Dated this nth day of November, 1S07.  "    R E. PALMER. P.L.S.  Inverness Mineral Claim.  Situate in the. Slocan Mining Division. West  Kootenay District. Where located: On Red  Mountain about two miles northwest from  and about nine miles from the mouth of the  North Fork of Carpenter Creek.  HHAKE NOTICE, that T, Robert E. Palmer, of  1 Sandon, acting as agent for John Drown, of  Sandon. free miner's certificate No. 7!i]ns  intend, sixty days from date hereof to  apply to the Mining Recorder for a certificate of  improvement.*, lor the purpose of obtaining a  Crown grant of the above claim.  And further take notice r.bat action, under  section 37. must be commenced before the  issuance of such certificate  of improvements  Dated thi. ith dav of November. 18117.  R. E. PALMER. P. L. S.  Siippliire and  Oem Mineral Claims.  Ocean Mineral Claim.  Baby carriages, l'ancy  fiirnivnre at Cruwlev".-*.  upholstery and  Situate In the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay District.     Where  located:   Near  Maid of Erin  on  Payne Mountain adjoining  said claim on Wet. '  rpAKE NOTICE, that I.  Charles  A. Stoe-s of  1    Kaslo.  13.   O.. acting as   agent for D.  W.  Moore, free miner's certificate No. tfiHOA and Jas,  Waugh,     free     miner's    certificate. No.   u.ti'l-l,  intend    sixty    days     from    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 .'17 must be commenced before the  issuance of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 30th day of November, 1.SH7.  Silver Star Mineral  Claim  Situate in the Slocan  Mining Division of West  Kootenay District.   Where iocated: On Four  Miie Creek at. mouth of Granite Creek, ad-  joininir the Mountain Boomer  \-\KE NOTICE thai. I. R    E.   Palmer,  acting  as agent for the  Vancouver Group  Minimr  Co.. frei- miner's   (���������rl.ificate  No.  ol 120. intend no  days fi-i.m ! lie dale here.,I' | i apol v to the Mininc  .if West  Ad join-  mineral  Situate in the Siccan Mining Division  Kootenay District. Where located:  ing the Lalla Rook and Minneapoli*  claims on Payne Mountain.  TAKE NOTICE that I. John Hirseh. as agent  for the Uamsdell Mining and Milling Co.,  free miner's certificate No. I'l'.tS A, intend, sixty  days from the date hereof to apply to the Mining  Recorder for certificate of improvements, for the  purpose of obtain ing Crown grant of above, claims.  And further take notice that action, under  Section 37. must be commenced before the  issuance of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this I'.-itli day of October. 18117.  JOHN HIRSCH.  Noonday, Grey ICagle, and Fourth of  ���July Minora!  Claims.  Situate in the Sloean Mining Division of West  Kootenay district.    Where located: On West  Fork of Noble Five slide, 10;i0 feet from summit of R. E.  Lee Mountain, a reloca'ion of  the Malboro. bounded on north by Starlight  and Duluth on the south by  Ajax awl Crown  Point, east by Treasure Vault, west by Rush-  ford aiid LeeFraction.  'PAKE NOTICE, That I, E. .T. Matthews, act-  .1    ing as agent for Wm. Bra den. free miner's i  certificate No. 7(J,i.'jr>, intend, sixty days from the  date hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for  a Certificate of Improvements, for the purpose of  cot-lining a Crown grant of the above claim.  And further take notice thai, action, under section 87, must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this A'lth day of November. 1897.  NcrncE.  rTICE is hereby given that !��J days after date  I intend to apply to the Chief Commissioner  of Lands and Works for permission to purchase  the following parcel of land situated on the  cast side of Slocan Lake, Slocan Mining Division,  West Kootenay District, commencing at the  southwest post of A. M. Wilson's pre-emption,  thence running north 10 chains, thence running  west to the Nakusp & Slocan Railway right of  way, thence running south along the line of the  Nakusp & Slocan Railway right of way to the  northwest corner of the townsite of Rosebery,  thence east to the point of commencement, con-  tiiimiii*.' snacres, more or less.  Dated, Nov. L'8th, I8!i7.  A. M. BEATT1E.  The only all rail route without change  fears between Nelson and Rossland  nd Spokane and Rossland.  Only Route to Trail Creek  and Mineral District ofthe  Colville Reservation, Nelson,  Kaslo,   Kootenay  Lake and   Slocan  Points.  Except tSunday.  Ariuve.  Daily  Leave.  9:20 a.m.  12:00 "  8:00 a.m.  NELSON  ROSSLAND  SPOKANE  5:35 p.m  2:50    "  6:40 p.m  ind  Close connection with Steamers for Kaslo  all Kootenay lake points.  Passengers for Kettle  River and Boundary  Creek connect, at Marcus with stage daily.  INTERNATIONAL     NAVIGATION  & TRADING CO.,   LTD.  la  On Kootenav Lake and R'ver.  Time Card in Effect   Oct.   1st,   1897.   Daily  Except Sunday. Subject to Change without notice  Close connection at Five Mile Point with all  passci'gei trains of theN. & F.S.R.R. to and from  Northport, Rossland and Spokane.  Through   ticket? sold at Lowest Rates and  Baggage checked to all United States Points.  NOTICE  Sixty (00) days after date I intend to apply to  the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works' for  permission to purchase the following described  land: Commencing at S. Walker's northwest  corner post, running north forty (10) chains, following the Columbia river, thence east eighty  (80) chains, thence south forty (Hi) chains, thence  west eighty (SO) chains, and containing three;  hundred and twenty (Hi'H) acres of land, more or  less: '     ELLEN McDOUGALD.  Dated this llth dav of November, 181(7.  Lv. Kaslo for Nelson and way points. 5:45 a.m  Ar. Northport 12:15 p.m.; Rossland 3:40 p  m.; Spokane, 6 p.m.  Lv.   Nelson for Kaslo and way points, 4.45 p.m.  Lv. Spokane 8 a.m : Rossland, 10:20 a.m.:  Northport, 1:50 a.m.  BONYNTSR'S PERRY and KOOTENAY RIVER  SERA'ICE.  The Alberta awaits the arrival of the International before leaving for Bonner's Ferry.  Lv. Kaslo. Sat...4.00 p. m: Ar. Boundary. Sun.  midnight; A.i. Bonner's Ferry. Sun.. 10.30 a.m.  Lv Bonner's Ferry, Sun.. 1p.m.: Ar. Boundary. Sun.. 5 p.m.: Ar. Kaslo. Sun.. 10 p.m.  Close c.omieeton at Bonner's Ferry with  trains East bound, leaving Spokane 7.40 a.m..  and West bound, arriving Spokane 7 p.m.  The last trip this season on the Bonner's Kerry  route will be ou the (ith and 7th November after  which date the Bonner's Ferry service? will l>e  discontinued.  GEOKGE   ALEXANDER, Gen'l Mgr  Head Office at Kaslo, B.C.  Kaslo. B C, Oct. 1,1897  1  am Si mm  TIME CARD  Subject to change without notice  Trains run on Pacific Standard Time.  California.  Allan Line..  Parisian.  Carthiiirini.'in  Labrador.Dominion Line  Vancouver.  From Montreal  Situate in the Sloean   Mining  Division of AVest  Kootenay District.    Where located:   On the  east slope of the valley  of Cody ereek, about  three miles from  Cod v.  ���JUKE NOTICE.   That   1,    ,1.   II.   Gray.   ,-ic(-  .1    ing   as     agent     for     Byron     N.     White, i  free  miner's   certificate   No.  74,2ii(i,  intend.  (10  days from the date hereof to apply to (lie Mining  Recorder for Certificate of Improvements, for the  pur|iose   of  obtaining   Crown   Grant   of   above  claims.  And further lake notice that action under Sec.  37 must be commenced before issuance of .such  Certificate of improvements.  Dated this st b il.iv of September' IKim  Leave 8 00  " 8 31!  " 0 flip  " !�� 51  '��� 10 (III  " 10 18  "111 MS  10 50  A.M.  A IT.  Leave  "ll.oo :  11 .--Vi  Kaslo  South Fork  Sproule's  Whitewater  Bear Lake  MeGuigan  Cody Junction  Sandon  I'ODV    LINK.  Sandon  Oodv  Arrive. 3 50 P  ;"     '3 15 '  ���l 15 '  ;      ���> cn '  l if. ���  1  33 '  1 12 '  Leave l oo '  M  From New A'urk  Arrive 11.55 a.m.  11.20   ������  ROBT.  IRVING,  Traffic Mimr.  GEO  Lbiibria. Otinard Line    Etruria "    Campania.      ������     Majestic. White Star Line    Teutonic ;i         ���  St. Paul. American Line    St. Louis. ������        State of Nebraska. Allan State Line    Southwark. Red St a r Line    Noordland. "     Cabin >.|."p, p-.-io, --G0. 7o >so and upwards.  Intermediate .-.'10 and upward*.  Steerage >'25.50and upwards.  Passemrcrs   Ticketed   throuirh  tip all points in  C0PELAND,  Siiiieriiifende.nl  Poland fr  cheap  railr'i:td  and  un all points apply  S.   CAMPBELL,  sleaiiisln'ii ticket*;  p, i Sand-  to  Asrent. Sandon.  Great   Britain  or  rates lo all parts i  Prepaid Pnssair  Applv  lo  A. (  Ireland, and at   Specially low  pf the Eurpppi'iin Continent"  ���s ;irra nireil from all points.  . Mi A KTlirK.  (WM.   Airent  WILLIAM  (..���iii-ral  . P. li. ('trie.-  ST ITT.  Auviit.  -. Winnipeg 8  THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C.,- DECEMBER 16, 189?,  Fifth Yeae  MINING RECORDS  Showing the Rapid Development of the Slocan.  LOCATIONS OF  THE WEEK  Assessment Work Done on Claims  and Transfers of Mining  Properties.  ^}.imniiH!HiiiH!iiniiiiii!iiii!iiii!iiiniiiiiiHiiinn!i!iinmiinniniiinnii!^  i NEWS IN PLACE 1  The following is a complete list of the j  mining transactions recorded curing the ���  week in the several mining divisions of  the Slocan.   Those of "New Den ve- were |  as follows :��� I  ' Slocan City is trying to organise a  band.  Read the advertisment of the K. of P.  masquerade, ball.  Another payment is due the 27th of  this month on the Alpine.  Ross Thompson will be a eandide for  the mayoralty of Rossland.  Judge Lilly, of Sandon, held his firet  court in "New Denver yesturday.  Where would .Frank Fletcher get a  hat to lit him if he was mayor of Nelson?  The Yukon River in Alaska will be  extensively dredged for gold next summer.  -Frisco  Scott.  Dec p~  and A E  Dv.v li��� Edna Kate,  Pollock;  LOCATIONS.  Belle, ".Carpenter.  Tributary creek, Thos 0  ASSESSMENTS.  Due il���Dorothy.  CEHTIFICATK <>'���'   IMl'liOVEMKNTS.  Dec n���Great Eastern.  TKAXSKKKS.  Joseph Franz to  J M  Ilea-  Dec 0���Dolly Vanlcn i  Martin, Xov 24, S-'fiO.  Black Horse J, R A Cameron to Walter W  ton. Xov H.  Archie \, Dolly ViciMeu h, Ensign -��� J, Mary  Allice Wright to Alfred Robinson, Nov 4.  Dec 11���Bermuda ,',, Swunee J, Cuba l/O.Adrion-  tlucks l/.O, Good Hope *, Convention J, Andrew J  Murphy t>.> Jas Gilhooly, Nov 1.  Same, Jas Gilhooly to Albert Behne, Dec 1.  Dec 13���Essex J, Angus L McLean to David  Fairburn, Dec 13, i'lUU.  Dec 14���I/ittle Ben, Sir Frederick, Joseph H,  Allie May, Queen Anue, power uf attorney,Frank  Jobson and (ieo Baker to John Brown, Dec 13.  SLOCAN    CITY    DIVISION.  TRANSFKKS.  Mi II lUC  , J E Swalwell lo  Dec 4���Everett ancl  E Quillim.  Dec 0���Mathuva J, W H Brandon to C V Dake.  Little Bonanza and Caledonia, E M Teeter, A  E Teeter, Wm Brasch to British Canadian Gold  Fields Co.  Hunter and Golden Wcdge.Wm Brasch, Henry  Smith and J M Benedum to same.  Dec 9���Manor, C H Chipman to T B Folliott  and C O Lambert.  AINSWORTH   DIVISION.  LOCATIONS.  Dkc 4���Edith, G A Simmons; re-location of the  Anaconda; Midnight. J B F Rogers ; re-location  of the I F and Granite Iron ; ^Paymaster, W R  McRae.  Dec 10���Copper Queen,J J Malone; Woodbury,  Sam Underbill.  ASSESSMENTS.  Dec 0��� Silver Hill.  Dec 7���Robin,  Wild Swan,  Bird,  Humming  Skylark Fraction and Linnet Fraction.  Dec 8���Eva Jane, Mollie Marsh.  Dec 3���Cumberland.  Dec 10���Rocker Bolder.  tka'nsfehs.  Dec 8���Silver Hill, Norfolk, S & N Fraction,  Simcoe, Green Crown, C C Spearing. R McDonald, E Todd, M Johnson and L L Workman to  J A MDonald, trustee for company to be formed.  Dec 9���Cumberland A, F Hanson to J Christen-  son.  Ampy J, Lindgren to F Davis.  Power of attorney, L L Workman to Michael  Johnson.  Emma J, Fred Wood to J Hendryx,*S20.  Dec 10���Monarch, 333, Silver Fox i L P Peterson to F J Hil}.  Key Fraction, C C Bennett to Meteor Milling  Co Vancouver.  A    HARD    COUNTRY.  Owen Jackson,   a   Miner,  Klondike.  Wallace, Dec. G.���Sheriff Heney has  just received a letter from Owen Jackson, an old placer miner, who went  from Delta in the Klondike rush last  summer. One of the other Coeur  d'Alene contingent- having told him  that Mr. Heney had a bad attack of  Klondicitis, he writes from Dawson  City under date of September 22nd as  follows:  "This is the most over-rated country  under the sun. There arc about 80 good  claims here, and the rest don't amount  to much so far. The country for 60  miles around is staked off, but not prospected. It is a hard country to get  provisions through to prospect "in.  Berry is raising all the excitement on  tlie outside, wanting to 1111 the country  with men and cut wages down, which  they are trying to do now.  "1 don't see any inducements to bring  any one here : it is a hard, tough country. I have been out on three 50-mile  trips and find nothing in it. A stampede starts every day. They are afraid  people will get disgusted, go out and  give the thing away.  "I am afraid there will be a terrible  scarcity of provisions here this winter.  Coming in the spring, one should bring  only flour and beans enough to make  the trip on, as they will then be cheaper  here than one can bring them in. I  have seen people I know from all parts  of the world and they would all like to  get out. Owns Jackson'."  Mr. Heney has known Jackson along  time and has great confidence in his  opinion of a inining country, and this  letter has caused him to re-consider his  determination to resign his office in the  spring and join the rush.  Brightly���What would you do. doctor, if you had a bad cold:-*  Doctor (crushingly)���I'd consult a  reputable physician, sir.  Brightly (calmly)���1 don't suppose  you could tell me where I could find  one, doctor, could you'V  Men Wanted���To rent well-furnished room or cabins newly built. Save  hotel fare and have aeomfortablehouse  for only SO a month. Apply to Thompson, Mitchell & Co.  "I beer your pardon," sang out the  convict, as the governor passed his  cell.  Furnish elegantly and cheap, Parlor  sets in rugs and plush. New designs in  fancy chairs, couches, etc. At lowest  prices at Crowley's New Denver. Endless variety of Pillows, Red* and Mattresses.  John Hirseh came from "Nelson on  Tuesday to survey five claims near  New Denver.  It ia reported that the owners of the  Enterprise will hold their ore until the  Geo M Davis   price of silver gets to 70 cents,  John Houston will try to be Nelson's  mayor for 1808.' John's'Slocan friends  wish him luck before the draw.  Sandon has been incorporated, but  there is no truth in the rumor about  George Lovatt being elected mayor.  Asocial session of the I. O.F. was held  last night in Clover's hall, which was  greatly enjoyed by the friends of the  order.  Divine Service in the Presbyterian  Church, Next Sunday, Dec. tilth, at 7.15,  preacher W. J. Booth. Everybody welcome.  Mr. Crowley's lecture on Klondike  will not be given on Friday, Dec. 17th,  but has been postponed until after the  holidays.  "Nearly seven feet of solid ore can be  seen in the No. 2 tunnel of the Queen  Bess. This property has a bright future  ahead of it.  The choir at the Methodist church has  been augmented by the addition of three  instruments and the musical parts of  the service are accordingly improved.  Work has been stopped on the Exchange and the property thrown up, the  company operating- it claiming that  there was no prospect of making it a  mine.  Edward P. Snydam committed suicide  in "Rossland last Friday evening by  shooting himself. He was 54 years of  age, and had been in Kootenay about  six years.  William Ogilvie, surveyor, of the Interior department staff, says that if 100,-  000 people go to Klondike next spring  85 per cent���and that is giving it a wide  margin���will have to coiiie out.  Chas. N. DuCett, who has been employed as pressman in this office for  several months past, left on Tuesday for  Portland to accept a position there in  one of the large printing houses.  A. J. Marks, of Nelson, is in New  Denver for the purpose, if possible, of  securing James Marino's interest' in the  California, if successful this valuable  property will be worked steadily.  F. D. Boucher has erected a row of  buildings containing twelve rooms, on  the west side of Ivildare ��� street. The  rooms are designed for the use of bachelors who desire comfortable quarters  at a nominal cost.  Divine service will be held (D.V.) in  the Methodist church next Sunday  morning at 11, subject, "Leading and  Deliverance," Evening at 7:15, subject,'  "An Example of Self-sacrifice." Preacher, R. N. Powell.  Action has been taken by Wm. Callahan in the Supreme Court, adversing  the claim of Alonzo D. Coplen to the  Mineral Claims Cube Lode, Cody Fraction and Joker Fraction, for which the  latter is applying for a Crown grant.  Proprietor Hicks, of the Hicks Hotel,  Slocan City, stopped in New Denver  Sunday enroute from the Coast cities.  He reports everybody there as Klondike  crazy, it being impossible to interest  anyone in any other theme of conversation.  The wagon road to Three Forks is not  fit for a pack mule to travel over, owing  to the numerous caverns and portions of  it sliding away. This road is a seven  thousand dollar blessing that the Three  Forks-Sandon-New Denver people do not  half appreciate.  D. McKay, one of the pioneer railway  men of B.C., is back in Nova Scotia  this winter with his family and wife enjoying a well-earned holiday. Mac is  one of the best conductors "in the province and is deservedly populariwith the  public and train men.  It now appears that the Spokane papers, in their anxiety to blaze a newspaper  route to the Klondike, starting from  Spokane, have plagarized several columns  from a Seattle paper giving the particulars of a route from that city. Truly  those newspaper trails are hard to blaze  without jumping some other fellow's  ground.  Arrangements were perfected ut a  meeting held Tuesday evening by the  officers and teachers of the Sunday  school to give a Xmas tree service to the  children on Thursday evening, the 23rd.  The church will be decorated profusely  and the services made as interesting as  it is possible to make them for young  and old.  A contract has been let to C. E. Koch,  the Ten Mile teamster, by the Enterprise Mine Company for the hauling of  500 tons of ore monthly from the mine to  the wharf, during the winter season.  The ore will not be shipped until spring,  when it will be sent out in bulk. New  ore houses will be erected at the Ten  Mile landing in which to store the ore.  The chief drawback was the liability  to the station, sheds and shops being-  flooded by a sudden uprising of the  Kicking Horse river. Tliis is now being experienced. The low line of rails  and switch east of the water tank are  now flooded. This makes shunting  difficult and dangerous, as cars are apt  to become derailed. The present workshops at Donald will be removed to  Revelstoke, where new workshops and  stables are now being built, in a substantial manner, of brick. The company has plenty of land there, which it  can utilize for its increased buildings.  The change from Donald to Revelstoke  is now going on and will be finally  accomplished hi the, course ofthe next I  year. *  At Fieid there tire already extensive  sheds and stables for the big mountain  locomotives, and not much enlargement  will be required. The engines will be  changed at Field and Revelstoke, distant from each other 130 miles, and this  run covers both the passes'ahd summits  in the Rockies and Selkirks. Field is  near the summit of the Kicking Horse  pass in the Rockies and Glacier House  is near the summit of Roger's pass in  the Selkirks. The run throughout will  be done by the big mountain locomotives.��� Revelstoke 1 -1 era Id.  SILVKKTON.  Ed. McGregor has decided to leave  Silverton and locate his laundry at  Enterprise.  The latest, arrival in Silverton has  'appeared at the home of Mrs. Rowe.  The young lady barely missed being  too late for the Xmas season.  '���</  Black's Hotel  Sandon; B. C.  Come to   the  known   little  and buy your  presents.  Plenty  ana   Dolls  Children:  well-  store  Xmas  of   Toys  ior  the  Silver  ware, Watches, Diamond Rinffs, etc. etc  ; M.v stock of Mats, Ribbons,  i  i Hosiery and Ladies' Goods  ! will be sold at  ! cluced prices for  great  y re  30 davs.  MRS.  Josephine St.  J. 11. WkTRELKY.  PUOIMIIETOK.  Laundry business to sell or rent  paying concern. Contents and  will be sold cheap for cash.    Also,  Good  house  a new  Singer  sewing   machine. Apply   at  Laundry, (public wharf.)  The dance given in the Selkirk last  Friday evening was greatly enjoyed by  those who took advantage of the extended invitations. It is hoped that  the genial and social proprietors of the  Selkirk will give many more dances in  Silverton.  A meeting in regards to the proposed  Xmas treeVas held Tuesday evening  in the church, Editor Cameron in the  chair. The meeting was well attended  and judging by the excellent choices  made in the various committees the  affair promises to be a, great success.  The distributing of the gifts will be held  on Xmas night in McKinnon's Hall.  All are cordially invited to be present,  and any who wish to present their  friends with presents will find the tree  at their disposal.  Company  Has Steam Heat,  Electric Light and  everv. convenience for  the comfort of guests,  The house is ..... .  First=class  in every respect  and has few equals in  the mountains ofthe-  "West.   Tlie rates are  $250S$400  a day  Its  Central Location  and proximity to all    ���  railroad depots make  it  the   headquarters'  for  ...  ling;  and Commercial  during .their visits to  the silver metropolis  of Canada.  Winnipeg,  "Manitoba.  Writes   From  The Masquerade Ba 11 to be {riven by the  Knights of Pythias of New Denver on  XMAS EVE,  Will be the first masked ball held on  Slocan Lake. All masks arc. to be raised  to the Admission Committee upon enter  ing the hall. Dancers will unmask at 11  p. m.  Wholesale  dealers in  Butter, Eggs,  Cheese, Apples,  Poultry and  Cured Meats.  The. largest handlers of these.  goods  in Western Canada.    All  warehouses under perfect system  of cold storage.   V u 11 stock carried  at Nelson, IB. C.    For prices write  or wire.  F. J. RUSSET.I,;  Manager of Nelson Branch Bar-  son's Produce Company  Newly opened in New Denver, is one  of comfort, luxury and ease. The  rooms are elegantly furnished, the  building hard-finished, the dining-  room warm, light and tastefully decorated, and the tables laden with all  the viands fit to eat. It isn't neces-  to talk about Henry Stege's bar. It  is too well known.  HENRY STEGE, Prop'r  Tickets  including Snppei  $2.00  av:  dear reader, if you  are the happy possessor  of a home���or a comfortable place to live in  ���we have something  that will interest you.  We have a choice selection of Rockers and Easy  Chairs���upholstered and  Cobbler-seat���the latest  designs���the finest and  handsomest ever shown  in these parts���which we  are offering at very low  prices.  ^^S*r^  Mining & Milling Co.  Rand & Wallbridge,  Mining and Stock Brokers,  Sole Agents for Sale of Treasury Stock.  ItEVKI,STOKK    AND    FIKLD.  Female  Hospital.  cook   wanted at  tlie  .Slocan  The authorities of the C. P. R. have  all but finally fixed upon Field as the,  new divisional point, instead of Donald, which will be abandoned. It was  hoped at one time that Golden would  have been selected from its importance  being at the head of navigation of the  Upper Columbia river aud the chief  town in East Kootenay. There were,  however, difficulties in the way. The  company do not own any land or water  rights in or near Golden, and all these  would require to be acquired for the  works   for the new   divisional    point.  not the ordinary cheap,  flashy article which is  not as good as it looks,  but are just as pretty,  stylish and durable as  can be bought in the  coast cities tor the money  We got them in for our  Xmas trade ��� they're  nice goods���but not too  nice for the homes of our  Slocan friends.  Sandon, B. C, Oct 21, 1897.  To al) whom it may Concern-,  This is to certify that as I am  removing from Town, G. W. GRIMMETT, Watchmaker and Jeweler, of  Sandon has purchased my business.  1 beg to thank my numerous  customers tor their patronage in the  past and I hereby respectfully re  quest that they will give their patronage in the future to MR.  GRIMMETT.  W. IIALLER,  Watchmaker and Jeweler.  Slocan City  %  Just come and see for  yourself. We have lots  of other handsome furniture pieces that would  make such ornamental  and useful presents���  Foot-stools. Children's  Rockers, Lounges, Centre Tables, in ash, oak  and mahogany.  WALKER BROS. & BAKER,  New  Denver  Furniture Dealers and Repairers  '8     Undertakers and Embalmers.  N. B.���We have the only practical Undertaker  and Emlinhner doing business in the Slocan.  F. W. GROVES,  CTVIT, and MINING- ENGINEER,  Provincial T^and Surveyor.  Underground Surveys. Surface ana  Aerial Tramways. Mineral claims surveyed and reported upon.      Kaslo, B.C  ocan  OS  Have tbe finest stock of Christmas and Fancy Goods in the  Slocan. Intending purchasers  will find it to their financial and  artistic benefit to inspect this  stock before buying all their  Holiday Goods.  Goods called  for & Delivered  AUNDRY  NEW  DENVER, B.C.  THE SILVERTON MINER'S UNION  A No. 71,  ���W".   in.   "MY  Meets every Saturday night.  C.   MeNIOHOLLS.    President  CHAS.   BRAND, Secretary.  An office ofthe Sloean 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. Brodse, M.D.,  New Denyer, B.C.  New Denver.  TOBACCONIST,  NEWSDEALER,  and STATIONER,  Imported and Domestic Cigars, To-  baccoes, Fruits and Confectionery.  We are now in a  position to give  thoroughly sat-  isfactory service  ancl solicit your  patronage. We  make a specialty  of the finer lines  of Cambrics and  Linens, etc. All  business cash on  deliver v.  Work Done on Short Notice.  C. M. NESBITT, Prop.  .^���VRates furnished  Hotels,   Steamboat Companies, etc, on application.  El Dorada Ave.  108 Bishopsgate St.  [within]  Silverton  rug*  Store  sm,m,  Blazer Cigars.  R.O Matheson,  Proprietor,  .ritish  LONDON, ENG.  Subscript ion  i'-i.SO per annum  For  four-bitB   you  can  purchase  ancient newspapers at this office.  100  eview  To    Brokers,   Mining  Engineers, owners of  Mining claims, Mining  Engineers, Assayors,  ���Journalists and others:���  Advertise in the  only   representative  Europe.     A Q00d investment  1J.   V. Uevieiv,    The  li.    C.   .Journal  ii*.  Do you want Ink?  Do you want Type ?  Do you want Stereo Plates ?  Do you want to trade Presses ?  Do you want to trade Paper Cutters ?  Do vou want Anything in the way  of Printing Material.  Corweitph "^Toronto Type  Foundry Co.,Ltd.  J.C.CROME, Agent,  520  Cordova Street,  VANCOUVER, B.C.


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