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Array v,/  Volume V.   No.  IS.  NEW DENVER, B.C., FEBRUARYS, 1898.  Price, $2 00 Year  Q Qar\adlar\ /Hint  Many residents of Victoria have during  the past few days heen induced to affix  their signatures to the following petition, which apparently is indirectly connected with a project for the establishment in British Columbia of a "private  mint." This petition, it will he noted,  suggests that the chartering of such a  private mint would he acceptable, and,  further, opposes the exportation of gold  as a raw material. Not all who have  signed the petition are very possibly in  favor of legislation in the direction of  compelling-miners to sell their gold to  a private mint here, and-yet it will be  noted that the petition aims in this  direction :  The Right Honorable Sir Wilfred  Laurier, Premier, and Members of  the House of Commons of Canada.  Gentlemen,���In view of the large  amount of gold now insight�����'20,000,000  for the Klondike district alone���and  likely to be continued to be produced in  Canada; and with a view to conserving  to the country some proportion of the  value extracted by the miner, to the  end that the country may not be impoverished, and that the" miner in his  old age may have some substantial  measure of value in the money he has  risked his life to gain ;  As citizens of Canada we, the undersigned, protest against this gold, or any  gold product of Canada, being incorporated into the money system of tlie  United States, especially' under the  ratio gold is to paper in that country  to-day, and now appeal to your honorable government for justice.  According to the report of tlie National Bank Association of the United  States, at a meeting held in Detroit on  August IS hist, there were (7) different  currencies in the United States money  system, while really not two cents in  gold is held for the redemption of the  current dollars in circulating money in  the UliJOil*.  will cover the 1896  production, unless  he is verv much mistaken, indeed.  The Afaska Commercial Co, not long  ago employed an expert, Mr. Misener,  to place a valuation upon the prospective yield of the camps, and his approximation was the same as that given hy  Mr. William Ogilvie some months before���ten millions a year. Mr. Misener  has Since said, however, that these may  be taken as outside figures.  Mr. Livernash is generally disposed  to "bear" the district, with the car.ual  remark that while every man who comes  down with a few thousands in dust is  quite willing- to style himself a millionaire, few indeed, if any, of the returning  miners deserve tlie rating. Bonanza  and El Dorado are still, he maintains,  the only Klondike creeks that are as  yet producers, or will contribute materially to the 1898 outptit.  entirely innocent of his dual life in Spokane, supposed him divorced from the  Montana lady, and is prostrated by tlie  revelations.  LTFE   AT   DAWSON.  GORDON   WAS   A   HKRO.  l/.-!  According to the reviser of the currency of the United States, the $150,-  000,000 pension list is only another  means of regularly watering the money  system, or ctepreciatuig the purchasing  power of every dollar of Canadian g'old  shipped to the United States. Such a  money system must fail, and, as producers of gold, we object to it  The rule that money is money only so  far as it is supported by the gold held  in reserve for its redemption is one  which we consider as much in justice to  the poor man or producer as to the capitalist, and the only safeguard in establishing the value of money.  The present banking system of Canada being managed by* chartered companies under supervision of the  government, has handled oin money  system satisfactorily; and, if the Dominion government were to grant a  charter to a minting- company or a refining companv, under either the Companies' or the Banking Act to define the  exact value of the gold produced in  Canada, we believe the result would be  satisfactorv and beneficial to our country.  Furthermore, gold being one of the  most valuable products, the mere possession of which carries with it an earning capacity ; as in all other countries  the exact value and weight of gold produced is always known, and sometimes  used by such' countries with material  benefit'iii the administration of its general business.  We, as citizens of Canada, again protest against the exportation of gold as  raw material.  only   six   .inI,LIONS.  Averaging' the prospective output of  the Klondike district from the various  estimates of returned miners and sojourners in the far northern country appears to be an utter impossibility, for  the approximations are as far apart as  the poles, and each and every man who  risks an estimate does so with the .supplementary information that he aas  given the matter studious consideration  At the same time one says six and another sixty millions, while other estimates fill in all the space between.  The most conservative estimate yet  given is that of 8^,000,000, the author of  which calculation, Mr. E J. Livernash,  is now in Victoria en route to Ottawa to  present the petition o: the American  miners for amendment of the regulations. He has heen in the Klondike  country for several months in the interest of the Journal and Examiner, and  has visited all the creeks and gulches in  the neighborhood on which gold thus  far has been discovered. Taking note  of the actual number of men working  on these, and the known quality of the  dirt being taken out.  he says S3,000,000  A hero of the 'Great Eastern block  fire in Spokane was W. B. Gordon, the  mining and smelting expert Among-  those who were iu the building were  Mrs. Cora Peters and < her three children���Charles, Ethel and Alma���aged  respectively 12,9 and 7. Her room was  No. 70, on the fifth floor, facing Riverside avenue.  Mr. Gordon had long known the  family. He was.at the Hotel Spokane  when' the fire broke out, but rushed to  the scene, and realising the gravity of  the situation, immediately entered the  flaming structure and made his way to  Mrs Peter's room. How he did. no one  knows, for the building was filled with  smoke.  "The room, said John H. Peet, "was  the fourth from the elevator. While I  was on the street I saw his head emerg-e  from that window. Below,on the fourth  floor, was the face of Mrs. Vilet. 1  asked Chief Myers to put up a ladder to  these people, and he had one elevated.  The ladder went first to Mrs. Vilet's  window. She grabbed it and came  down, Then tho ladder got stuck, and  would go no higher. ' Presently it-  fouled tile electric wires and a snort  circuit ensued, which compelled the  ladder to be taken down. Before this  was done Goi don's face had disappeared  and flames began to play where it had  heen. He undoubtedly perished in tho.  building, with the woman and children  he went to save. The little boy, Charles  Peters, escaped, and I am informed is  all right. The last heard of he was  wandering about 'seemingly not knowing where to go. How he got out I do  not know, though their is a report he  came down the stairs."  Mr. Gordon was a Canadian by birth,  about 45 years old, and has the highest  reputation among those with whom he  has come   in   contact in a long career  among the mining camps of the west.  He leaves a widow who resides at the  Fernwell block, and  who is prostrated  by the loss of her husband.   She also is  a Canadian, coming from Petrolia, Ontario.     The   deceased   was   formerly  superintendent    of    the    smelter   at  Wicker., Mont., when D. C. Corbin owned   the   establishment, and was later  superintendent of the Pilot Bay smelter,  at Pilot Bay. B.C.   His management of  the latter is said to have been the most  successful in its history.    In the spring  of 189r- he came to Spokane and entered  the Wilmot-Liftchilu  mining  company  as expert and adviser.    He was known  as an  honest,   conscientious and conservative man,   whose   knowledge  of  mining in all its branches was remark!  able.    When the mining firm   was dis-'  solved he became connected  with S. S. j  Bailey, now of Seattle,  as  the  latter"s I  expert.     He  was a   heavy   holder  of  stock in Kootenav mines,  among them  the Hill Top and'the Grand Prize.  The Yukon is closed, but everything  here is wide open. Perhaps there isn't  as much food as there might be, but  there is plenty of whiskey to keep  everybody in good humor. Ruin is the  staff of life, and why should anybody  fret himself about such paltry things as  tinned beef and bread ? There is one  good thing about most ofthe whiskey  which comes to this land of snow, and  that is that it does not freeze in transit.  Of course, you cannot get a sherry flip  without digging the eggs out ofthe  can, for all eggs come here broken into  tins, hermetically sealed, and duly  frozen. .'.".,  There is something exhilarating in  the air of Dawson City these clays.  There is gold in plenty, whiskey in  abundance, and life is full of incidents.  The cannon stoves in the saloons send  forth a cheerful glow, and the dance  halls ring with .merriment, all night  long.  There is not much demand for absinthe frappe and campagne on ice.  The average Dawson City saloon needs  no ice box.. The refrigerating plant is  all around you, in rhe sky above and  the waters beneath. , A Nelson man  came into one of the leading places  where intoxicating drink is exposed for  sale, and demanded a cremedementhe.  He spoke with a Spokane accent.  "Put in lots of shaved ice, he said.  'This ain't no barber shop," rejoined  the attendant behind the bar. "You  take whiskey or you don't take anything at all". Must think you are in  New' Denver asking for aristocratic  drinks."  The principal midwinter amusements  are gambling and attending the dance  halls. The faro King has in his train  many valiant men-at-arms.' The soft  shuffle of pasteboards and the grating of  gold nuggets over the tables of rough  boards are heard at all hours of the day  and night. Poker and faro divide the  time a jout equally. Thousands of dollars change hands every 24 hours.  Around the tables nearly every profession is represented except that of  selling gold bricks. Men who filled  teeth, kept books, hung wall paper and  served time in the States have congregated in this out-of-the-way corner of  the earth. Most of them felt that they  needed greater libertv, and they have  found it" in Dawson City. Every man  takes care of his own. Revolvers are  part o' the stock furniture of thegambl-  ing table, and they repose behind the  bar in company with the whiskey bottle  and the essence of ginger.  The faro king- sits on his high stool at  the door of leading gambling resorts and  keeps a wary eye upon the operations  of'dealers and" players. Let no man  think that he can clean out a Dawson  City faro bank by simply "shooting up"  the landscape, lie vol vers are in easy  reach, and men can pull triggers as  well in the Klondike as they can in the  Sierras.  You always think of a faro king as a  person brillfantly arrayed in a check  suit, cross-barred shirt, gaudy tie and  patent   leather boots.    Dawson City's  flows within 3,000 feet of the mine, and  all supplies can be cheaply and quickly  transported by water; (3) labor is cheap;  provisions can be had at a reasonable  figure, and half the expense of feeding  labor is curtailed by the company's  garden, in which grow, the year around,  vegetables and native fruits of all varieties. The average temperature is about  80 degrees, making it possible to mine  every day in the year. These are great  advantages in mining economically."  SLOCAN    CLAIMS.  The Nelson Tribune says:   A number of prospectors interested in claims  around Slocan Lake are endeavoring to  induce the government to relieve them  for a couple of years from their obligations to do assessment work,  to enable  them to keep their claims alive during  such period by the payment ofthe usual  recording fees.    In  support of their request they set  out that owing- to the  drop in silver capital is somewhat chary  about taking hold of silver properties",  and that in. the great majority of cases  in which properties have been turned  over by prospectors, that they have not  realized sufficient by the sales to pay for  the labor done upon the prospects.  The  prospectors are therefore without funds,  with practically unsaleable properties  upon their hands, and unable to do the  amount of work required each year by  the mineral act.    While there may be  , some truth in the recital of the financial  embarassraent of many claim, owners, it  is difficult to understand how they can  expect the government to amend the  law requiring the performance of a certain amount of work upon each claim.  To do so would practically bring the  work of developing the majority of prospects to   a   standstill.   If   prospectors  find themselves loaded up with claims,  their remedy in case they are unable to  do the necessary work, lies in disposing  of their claims or else allowing them to  i-T'.n out.   They are in exactly the same  position as the man who is"land poor.  When men hold more land than they  can pay taxes upon they do not petition  the government for taxation exemption  although there would he as much merit  in such a request as in the request of  the claim  owner to he relieved of the  required   assessment    work.    If prospectors are attempting to carry  more  claims than their means warrant, their  remedy  lies  in letting go  of all such  excess.  ��ast- Canaan .HfcWs.  J aH-26  at Pt. Edward at  Oil has been struck  a depth of 545 feet.  Mrs. Parson, the maker of the celebrated Stilton cheese, died at Guelph  on Jan. 17th, aged 95years.  Hamilton, Out., is to have a cold  storage building. A company with that  purpose in view has heen organized,  with a capitalization of some 8100,000.  The Hamilton Board of Trade has  passed a resolution stating that the proposed Sudbury route to James Bay  would be prejudicial to the interests of  that city.  There have been 24 cases of smallpox  in Montreal since the last outbreak in  July. Fourteen of these cases have resulted fatal'y. It is now believed to be  wholly stamped out.  A wordy duel is to take place in  Kingston some time before the end of  this month. The participants will be  Principal Grant and the Rev.'Dr.  Lucas. The subject will be the liquor  question.  During the last few days .-580,000  worth of bicycles have been shipped  from Toronto to France, Germany and  Australia. Evidently they have the  bicycle fever in a bad form in said  countries.  Messrs. Aslnvorf h & Murray, of the  "Soo," have sunk a 50-foot shaft on their  Jubilee claim, in the Michipicoten gold  dsstrict, striking a vein eight feet wide  at the surface and nine; feet at a depth  of 50 feet.  Toronto is talking  summer carnival  opening   of   the   new  great   feature  of the  big  about holding a  to celebrate the  city   hall.   One  affair will  be a  monarch wears felt boots, fur overcoat  coonskin cap. There is nothing flashy  about him except when he comes to a  matter of fire arms.  The society of the place is somewhat  mixed. Social functions here are not  affairs where there are "rare exotics  banked with flower." The social leaders are found in the dance halls���grimy,  smoky kind of places, generally over'a  saloon, and illuminated by odorous j.'  kerosene lamps. The gentlemen who  attend seldom go to the trouble of removing their overcoats and hats. No  hat checks are needed for Dawson City,  where bacon sells for many dollars'a  a pound, tlie people will 'not submit to  extortion.  NEW    DENVER    SCHOOL"  KEPOKT.  IV. Class.���Howard Perkins, XV. D.  Thompson, Millie Millward, Daisy Crowley, Bert Perkins, Oma Young, Royal  Thomas, Minnie Johnson, D. D. McMillan.  III. Class.���Charley Millward and  Charley Delaney, equal; Willie Vallance,  Cassy McMillan, Clifford Irwin, Champion Nesbitt, Sheldon Breeden, Marion  Clements.  II. Class.���Ernest Irwin, Norman McMillan, Charlie Kingen, Harry Robie,  Katherine Delaney, Clarence Vallance,  George Evans.  II.    Primer���Clarence    \V.    Hurlev,  j#  Maudie Nesbitt,  Average attendance 26.  Parents and those interested in school  work are invited tovisitat any time they  may find .convenient and will'be welcome.  E. Strickland, Teacher.  regatta, which  Alderman Ned. Hanlan  is working up.  The father of James Allison, who has  confessed that he murdered Mrs. On-  and had also intended to murder Mr.  Orr, is seriously ill owing to his son's  confession of guilt. His mother still  says he is innocent.  It is reported  that  Louis Frechette,  the French-Canadian   poet,   generally   _^  known as the poet-laureate of Canada,   ���=  will receive   the   appointment   to   the  office  of   Lieutenant-Governor   of the.  North-West Territories.  The Dominion Bank is going to issue  some new $20 hills, engraved with the  head of the president, Sir Frank Smith.  An issue of ��10 bills will soon follow It  is long since a like honor has been  accorded to any of the bank presidents.  The Marquis of Lome has sent his  acceptance of the post of Honorary  Colonel of 15th Battalion, Argvle Light  Infantry, Belleville, Out. With his  acceptance he also sent a statute of  Queen Victoria modeled from a statute  by Princess Louise.  f  Printed copies of the amended regulations governing placer mining along-  the Yukon River and its tributaries,  including the Klondike, as well as other  parts of the Yukon territory, which  were adopted in Council last week, will  be avilahle shortly. There are provisions in these regulations guarding the  public interest and revenue, and at the  same time affording the greatest facilities for mining the gold fields of the  Yukon.  A grand historical hall took place on  Tuesday night at the Windsor HoteL  Montreal, at which the various historical periods of Canada were represented  by members of the elite of that city.  L"ord Aberdeen in court costume, anil-  Lady Aberdeen as Madame Delatour,.  led the way to the ball room, which was;  beautifully decorated with bunting audi  tapestry, while pictures of the former  governors gazed down upon the moving picture.   The   dances fashionable  during each period, including the stately minuet, were danced.  Mrs. Olive Sternaman has been granted a new trial under the amendment to  the criminal code made by Sir John  Thompson in 1892, which allows a  second trial under certain conditions in  criminal cases. This is the first instance  on record in Canada that a second trial  has been granted. Upon receiving the  good news the condemned woman was  overcome by joy and declared that now  she would have" a chance to clear herself. The assizes at which she will be  tried begin on May 3rd.  A Brantford, Ont., girl has been  married recently'in far-away Calcutta,  Miss Grace Duncan (now Mrs. Everard  Coates) ;and daughter of Mr. Charles  Duncan, of the Telephone City, went to  India about a year ago to visit her  sister, and there met her fate. Mr.  Arthur Caspersz. a Calcutta lawyer.  The wedding, which, bytheway. was  very swell, was attended by the Lieutenant-Governor, several high dignitaries of the Calcutta bench, and by a  number of oromine-it Maharajahs  ^iiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiitniiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiifiiitiiiiiiiiininiiiiiiiinm'^  I NEWS IN PLACE I  T.  B. Godfrey  has  removed to   Vancouver.  The Vancouver is shipping steadily to  Everett.  IN    THK     RECORD    OFFICE.  Daniel Bowerman, the proprietor o  the Hallowell mills, some two miles east  of Picton, was found dead in his mill on  Tuesday. His death is supposed to  have been caused by a blow from some  part  busv  A. Knox lias returned  the east.  to his home in  is on a trip to Eastern  of the machinery,  while he was  fixing it.  <!.     K.     ItltltWX'S    COMPANV.  It [develops that XV. B. Gordon, the  mining man who lost his life in tlie  Spokane fire, was claimed by no less  than three women as a husband. He  had two wives in Spokane and one in  Montana, all claiming to be legally married to him, and but for the incident of  the fire, his polygamous manner of living  might have remained a  secret for a long  Pathfinders of the Slocan  will reniem-!  her 0. K. Brown,   one  of  the   men who!  discovered the Reco in   1892.    For years i  past he has been in the  South,  and   recently organized   a   company   to work a  Central   American property.    The prospectus ofthe company  contains the following :  Mr. C. K. Brown, a mining expert of  excellent standing, reported for +he company, before it acquired the property, as,  follows:  "The Tunkybin Gold Mine comprises  time. When his death was announced", I about fifteen acres. 1 have found that  wife No. 1, who lives at AVickes, Mon-1 the ledge extends up to the phenomenal  tana, telegraphed for information, which j width of 50 feet, and a length of 1,000  led to her discovery. This woman is i feet; that there are 40,000 tons of battery  probably entitled to his property, and j ore in sight, and that an average yield of  the family includes three sons and two! 20 pennyweight per ton of ore may be  daughters. Wife No. 2, who was the j realized". Even if in a very conservative  acknowledged Mrs. Gordon in Spokane, i spirit, we assume that the average yield  resided in the Fernwell Block and claims ; will be only 12 pennyweight, it is" still  Gordon married her three years ago. j very evident that, great profit would be  No. 8 was the woman with whom he lost! realized.  his life in the fire, and whose friends say ;  Gordon married two years ago.  It seems j  that Gordon had not lived with his Montana wife  for  three or  four  years  and  that the lady in the  Fernwell block was  "Economy in working the mine is  secured by'(l) the great width of the  vein, which obviates the necessity for a  large amount of "dead work;" (2) The  proximity to water.    The Tunky  Rivet-  Two    thousand    live    hundred    and  twenty-six  free   miners'  licenses   were  issued out of the recording office at New  Denver  during   1897.    At  $5  a license  this would  make  the amount collected  for licenses alone $12,030, or a little over  $1,000 per month.    The number of locations recorded  was   1,482.  at $2.50 each  $3,700.    Certificates of assessment work  were  issued  on   1,170 claims,  at   $2.50  each,  $2,900.    These  three items  alone  will bring the receipts of the ollice up to  nearly $20,000   for the year.    This, however, only gives a very   incomplete   idea  of the revenue  received   by the Government from  the  business done  in   this  office.      The    receipts    from    licenses,  liquor,   company, and   traders  and per  sonal   tax,   together   with    those  from j  recording  transfers,  bill   of sales,  etc., i  would swell the total receipts of the office I  to a tremendous figure. '  VICTORY    FOR    SIM'EK. !  He was60 years old.  Wilmott,  of McMaster  Washington, .Ian. 28.���The Teller resolution passed the senate today 47 to 32.  The resolution provides that all bonds of  the Tinted States issued or authorized,  are payable,   principal  and   interest, at  the option of the government of the l'n-  ited States in silver dollars of thecoinage  of the United States containing 412>2  grains of standard silver, and to restore  to coinage such silver coins sis may be  necessary for legal tender payment of  said bonds.      _    P. Burns & Co. have bought out II.  Clever's butcher business in New Denver and Silverton. H. Stoeeke, late of  Slocan City, is manager.  Prof. Arthur  University, has just published a volume  of 200 pages entitled "The Mineral  Wealth of Canada, a Guide for Students  of Economic Geology." This book  gives a careful, concise and systematic  account of our Dominion's great mineral resources.  Lord Douglas, of Hawick, was in  Toronto this week, with Lady Douglas  ' and their two small children, en route  j to Sank, Ste. Marie, where they purpose  j residing for some months. Lord  i Douglas is looking after some mining  ! properties in the Michipicoten and -.'lse-  j where, which he is going to develop.  !     By the annual report of the Inspector  I <>f Ontario jails a   considerable decrease,  j in crime throughout  the   Province  for  the past year is shown.    The very best]  evidence of the   success of  the, Govern-1  incut's  temperance   policy  appears   in i  the decreased number  of commitments]  for drunkenness. |  About a dozen models of statutes of  Queen Victoria and of tin; late Alexander Mackenzie by Canadian artists  have been submitted in competition for  the proposed Jubilee statues on Parliament Hill. Ottawa, which 'are to be  erected w'th the money voted for that  purpose by the, Ottawa Government.  Tom Nultv's trial is going on at  Joliette. No new evidence has been  produced, except the statement of two  physicians that the prisoner was perfectly cognizant of what he was doing  when he murdered his sister and brother Thus the plea of insanity is done,  away with. There are some 00 witnesses to be examined and the trial will  likelv last three weeks.  J. H. Wereley  Canada.  A cold storage beer warehouse is to be  built at Rosebery.  David Mathesori  intends  to  build an  hotel at Rosebery.  The Payne mine is reported sold to an  English company.  A postal savings bank has been established in Slocan City.  The force on the Thompson group is to  be increased to 75 men.  The C. P. R. has bought Heinze's  smelter and railroad at Trail.  The Medina group, on Springer creek-  has heen sold to Boston people for $5,000.-  Trouble with the gasoline engine has'  caused several men to be laid off at the  Payne.  The C.P.R. are storing a large quantity  of ice at Rosebery. The ice is brought  from Summit lake,  F. L. Byron, of the Fidelity, has gone,  to Victoria for a couple of months. ('.  T. Cross, of Silverton, is acting as his  agent and broker.  Divine service in the Presbyterian  church on Sunday next at 7 :15 p.m. At  the close of service a detailed account of  the church building- will be given. All  are invited.    W. .1. Booth minister.  Divine service will Vie held in the  Methodist church on Sunday next as  follows: Morning at 11 R.N. Powell  will preach. Evening at 7:15 J. A.  Robins will preach.    Everybody invited.  Last week two loaded freight oars went  into the lake while being transfered  from the scow to the wharf at Rosebery.  The low water makes it difficult to make  a landing from the scows to the wharf,  and was directly responsible for the.  accident.  Mr. Mow at has returned to Slocan City  from Victoria and says that the Government will almost certainly spend $9,000  and around Slocan City this year. If  our sister town can get such promises  New Denver should send a delegate to  Victoria and get some of the same medicine. The town and its wagon road  need something just now. W  THE LEDGE, NEW DJ_!JN VER, RC, FEBRUARY 3, 1898.  Fifth Year  S  The Ledge.  Published every Thursday.  R. T.  LOWERY, Editor and Financier.  SUBSCRIPTION RATES:  Three mouths ���*?���*���'"  Six "  ��� ��������������� l--->  Twelve  -   -'.<��  Thkkk vkaks -'-00  Transient Advertising, r!" cents per line first in  sertion, 10 cents per line subsequent insertions  nonpareil measurement.  TO CONTRIBUTORS.  Cjfrespondeiice from every partof tlie Kootenay  District and communications upon live topics  ahvays acceptable. Write on both sides of the  paper if you wish. Ahvays send .something -rood  no matter how crude. Get your copy in while it  is hot. and we will do th��! rest.  A pencil cross in this square  indicates that your subscription'i.s due, and that the editor  wishes once again to look at  your collateral.  worth of silver, lead and gold in this  wonderful district, and that dullness  in trade can only he temporary.  When the Klondike craze has passed  the rush to the Slocan will be greater  than ever, and if the white metal  should lift its price a little higher we  would all be in sweet clover up to  our necks. The stayers will win in  the end, and gentle reader if you fret  under the present commercial depression, just remember that no  country whose hills are as rich as the  Slocan can long remain in the cold  and  greasy consomme.  TEURSDAF,   FEBRUARY 3.   1898  It is rumored that the Dominion  Government will shnt out aliens from  taking up claims on the Klondike.  We do not believe it, but should such  a thing come to pass how it would resemble July in the golden town of  Dawson City.  The recent fatal fire in Spokane  should be a warning to those in New-  Denver who are sleeping in five  story blocks. We would advise  them to sleep nearer terra firma. It  is much more pleasant, but less exciting in case the fiery demon takes a  notion to paint the scenery a lurid  tint.  : A party of Bostonians arrived at  Asheroft bound overland for the Klondike the other day. When the unloading from the cars of their horses  and goods was completed one of the  blue stocking gold hunters exclaimed, "Thank God! the worst of the  journey is over.': He will think  different before many moons, and  long before the black muck of Dawson ' City's streets spatter his patent  leather bootees he will wish himself  back in the city of baked beans and  culture.  With the world looking westward  this is an excellent time to advertise  the resources of Kootenay. Those interested should create a fund for the  purpose, and while the rush is oh let  as blow our horn loud enough to  waken the living dead. There are  thousands, yes, millions of people  who have never heard of Kootenay.  Is it right to let these people get off  the earth without telling them of the  great wealth of Kootenay ? We think  not. Let us get up a fund, and prove  that a worthy country will stand advertising.   A tenderfoot writes us to find out  what he requires to take with him on  a journey to the Klondike. We would  suggest the following articles :  Plenty of money and carbon.  A return ticket.  An iron heart.  A set of steel nerves.  A musquito antidote.  A balloon, if possible.  A copper lined stomach.  A volume of The Ledge.  The above with a little grub should  enable a man to be comfortable until  the fever is past.  Klondike holds the age just now  and all the world seems inclined to  ante. By the time the railroads,  steamboats and stores, who constitute  the "Kitty" in this golden game get  the "rake-off" there, will be nothing  left for the players. A few will drop  out with a roll, but thousands will  curse the day that they ever allowed  their thirst for gold to get the better  of them. A year from now the  amount of faded ambition, "busted  hopes and Klondike routes that will  be lying around the west will be  simply immense. There is plenty of  the yellow metal in the north, but the  majority of the people who are going  after it will never find any, except  in their imaginations. A gold stampede is like a war. A few men get  all the honor and money, while the  rest get vain regrets, shattered constitutions, bitter experiences, frosted  hopes, the marble heart and icicles.  But, such things must be at every  victory, whether the combatants are  fighting for their country's flag or the  metal that is yellow in the pan, arid  more powerful, almost, than any  other force in this wicked but upto-  date planet.  "Dick went one day up Pike Divide.  And thar lay Jerry dead ;  A navy pistol b'v his side���  A bullef in nis head."  "Tight pajjers them on Jerry King;  But Jim, je3t bet your life,  Them women is a dreadful thing.  For me���not -nary wife.  '���But Plug Hat Smith that kept a stand-  Sold pens and ink and sich ?"  "Wal, Plug he held a poorish hand,  And never struck it rich.  "Got sort a' luny and stage struck,  Cut up a heap o' cajjers,  And final went below and tuck  To writin' for the papers.  "And Sally Jake, that drove so long,  . Thar on the lightnin'line.  And arterwards from One Horse town  To Webfoot and Port Wine ?  "Got hurt on Bogus Thunder Hill���  Throw'd over his horse's neck���  Was carried up to Coyoty viile  And thant in his check,  " 'Twas kind o' queer; these they said  Was the dvin' words o' Jake's,  '"Wal, boys. I'm on the down-hill grade  And cannot reach the brake.'"  "And butcher Brown that used to boast  He'd killed so many men ?"  "Oh, Butch, lie met his match at last���  Van Sickle settled him.  "Went to Washoe, kilt three men thar���  Found it gettiu' hot-  Health required a change o' air,  And so got up and got.  "Said how he'd sent a baker's dozen,  Acrost 1-its to the grave-  Would like to make tlie number even  Before he took his leave.  '���So went for Van and came blamed nigh  A gettin'him they say.  Then on his horse that stood near by,  He jumped and rode away.  "Now Van he ain't no mind to blow,  But jes' that sort o' lad  On which it's always safe to go  Your very bottom scad.  'Said to himself like;  To get even tally  ���now this whelp  Will likely go and skein  %  EECALLING   THE   PAST.  Nearly six years have rolled over  the dump of oblivion since the Government unloaded nearly $28,000  worth of New Denver real estate  upon a lot of pilgrims who thought  that the Government would grade  streets and otherwise improve the  city. How New Denver has been  neglected is well-known to our  citizens. The Government has treated us as though we were a white  check. It has failed to grade our  streets or build sidewalks. The people have had to produce the collateral  for all work of this kind. Even the  Government reserve around the recording office looks like a tramp after  a hard winter. For the pride of the  Province they should beautify it, if  nothing more. The Government of  B. C. is accused of being corrupt, lazy  and full ot Klondikeisra, but, if it will  do the square thing with the Lucerne  of America before its death next summer we will see that some flowers are  strewn over its lonely and neglected  grave.    More mining than ever is being  done in the Slocan, vet business is as  quiet as a country cemetery at 1 a.m.  The business men in the various  towns have more indigo in their feelings, and longer physoj-s than we  have seen since '93, when Kaslo went  down the shaft, and the cry at  Burke's bank was, "Nit!"  Conditions then and now are entirely different. Then, the Slocan  was in short pants and its riches  were not well-known. Now, we  know that there are millions of dollars  The following production is from the  pen of Henry DeGroot, the founder of  the San Francisco Mining and Electrical Review. The mining camps mentioned in the reminiscent verse are  familiar to all old timers. It is many  years since Mr. De Groot penned these  lines, and since then he has passed the  "big divide" and entered the valley of  peace where Apache and prospector  stand on a level plane.  No better tribute can be paid to any  man by his survivors than has been  paid to Henry De Groot by his associates :  "He was an honorable man, clean in  journalism, honest in purpose and  chivalricas the noblest of Argonauts."  "Hello !" "hello !"  "why, Jim !"   "why, Dan t "  Good Lord ! I want to know!  Well, well, old fel', give us your han���  But Jim how does it go ?  "Oh, sometimes gay and sometimes rough���  And how's it go with you ?''  "Well times jus' now's a little tough  Up here in I���daho.  "But where ye been Jim ever since  We left the Stanislow ;  And pulled up stakes down thar at Dent's-  Now eighteen years ago ?  "Well, since that time that we put out  On thot stampede from Stoney,  Been mos' the time knockin' about  Down into Air-zony.  "Only been back a month or so,  And thought I'd take a tramp  Through the old diggin's 'long with Jo���  That stops at Nigger camp.  "Started from Alpha on our trip,  And passed up the divide,  Through Tangle-leg and Let-her-rip,  Red Dog and Whiskey Slide.  "Then after leaving thar we went  Down by the tail-holt mill,  'Crost Greenhorn mountain to Snow Tent,  And up to Gouge eye hill.  "From Gouge Eye down to Esperanza,  Slap Jack, and Oratine;  Through Dead wood to Last Chance,  Root hog and Lost ravine;  "From Petticoat to Shirt-tail flat,  Aud on by Murderer's Bar,  'Crost Bloody Run and thro' Wild Cat,  To Poker and Lone Star.  "From Angels Camp, down by Rawhide  We took a run one night;  Through Chinese Roost and Satan's Pride  Acrost to Hell's Delight.  "Then came along to Poverty,  Dead Broke aud Bottle Ridge,  By Hang town. Poor Man and Lone Tree,  Garrote and Smash-up Bridge.  "Through Nip and Tuck and old Bear Trap,  Coon Hollow and Fair Play,  Along the Scorpion and Fur Cap,  Kanaka and El Rey.  "We stopped one day at Never Sweat,  Another up at Ophir ;  Then moved our boots on to You Bet,  And struck across by Gopher.  "To Sucker near Grass Widow Bend,  Whar as 'twas getting late,  We brought our journey to an end,  Down by the Devil's Gate.  "Wal, Jim, you must uv seen a heap;  I'd like, to make the rounds  As you have done and cast a peep  Through the old stamping grounds.  "Yes : but 1 tell you what it is  Tin! times, they ain't no more  In Californy as they was  Way back in lifty-four.  "But'bout the girls and Schneider's Row,  And Kate and Sal Magee ?  I spose they've all got  married uow���  Leastwise they ought to be.  "Married ! you can buck high on that;  Some ot them several times;  First fellers, they jest had to get���  They didn't have the dimes.  "Well! well! do tell is that the way,  "Tiie gals is goin' on ?  But how's tho bovs and old man Ray*,  And Ike arid Steve and John ?  'And Slater, him that took the trip  With us to Yazoo Branch V"  "Wal, State, be kind O'lost his grip,  And settled on a ranch.  "And Jackass Jones that came about  With whisky on tbe Bar'?  Wal Jackass, too. he petered out,  And went | I don't know whar.  "And tell me, whar is -Terrv King,  Who kept the Grizzly Bear,  Jes' down forninstthe Lobscous Spring,  And kilt the greasers thar ?  "That greaser Jose, dod't vou know,  That stabbed Mike at the ball,  The time we had the fendango  At Blood and Thunder Hall ?  "Oh ! Jerry didn't do no good.  Got sweet on a woman,  And tuck at last to drinkin' hard,  'Cause she got sort o'common.  Some neighbor up the valley,  " 'Reckon I'd better block his game  And do the thing at onc't���  Besides I don't much like this same  Rough way of being bounced.'  "When Sam had got off'bout a mild,  He heard a Minnie hum,  Looked round and Ithar was Van all heeled���  Who after him had cum.  "Not fancying much that Minnie,s tone,  Sam put off on a run,  Likethe would rather save his own,  Than raise the ha'r o' Van.  "And so they rid���wal I 'spect,  Nigh on a three mild race-  Exchanging shots without effect.  When van gave up the chase���  "Leastwise lay off about midnight,  When Sam came back to Lute's,  He let him out in a square fight,  Jes' standin' in his boots.  "Next day the Jury found deceased,  His name was Samuel Brown,  And further that they all believed  He had been'taken down,'  "By one Van Sickle, and somewhar,  About Lute Old's last night,  And on their solemn oaths did swar  He sarved the d���d cuss right."  "Bully for Van, he's hard to beat���  And for the Jury too���  Though most a shame that way to cheat  Tne gallows of its due.  "Whar's Sailor Jack, that used to cruise  With Alabam and Yank,  Them chaps that bilked the boarding house  And bust the faro bank ?  "Jack left the country on a ship,  And t'others, I don't know as  They ever got back from a trip  They tuck to Barbaccas.  "Hear anything of Toddy Karn  Or bruiser Bob Magoon ?"  '���Both down thar at the bay I hearn  Keeping a bit saloon.  "And him that wore the big moostache ?"  "You mean that rich French count-  He's down thar too���a sliugin' hash  At the Miner's Restaurant.  '���Y-a-s, Frisco's lousy with them kind,  And bums of all condition-  Some capping for the demi-monde,  Some playing politician.  "But tell me, Jim, about the sight's,  And what you've done and seen;  Reckon you had some 'Pache fights  Down vonder whar you've been !"  ' Y-a-s got us in a rocky pass���  And thar corralled one day,  They had a dead sure thing on us���  Couldn't light nor get away.  "And 'fore our party could back out  They shot poor Fred MeKean ;  The arrows flying thick about  And not a varmint, seen.  "Aud when I found that Fred would die  I fell almighty bad,  And gist laughed out���I couldn't cry  I was so thunderin' mad.  "And then I said, 'Now look here, boys,  If vould save your lives.  You gist put up them shootin' toys  And sail in with your knives.'  "And raisin' quick the 'Pache whoop  I started on ahead���  ���And did t'others back you u*p ?'  'Yes, Dan, you bet they did.'  "And when the cusses seed us come  They raised a scrouging yell,  To which our boys sang out each one,  Wade in and give 'em -fits.  "And of our band I b'lieve the whole  Was wounded more or less,  But we made good Indians of them all,  And they'll stay good���I guess.  "Poor Fred, when I came back to him,  Through trying hard to speak,  Could only say : 'tell mother Jim ;'  He was so powerful weak.  "And next day we made his grave,  Upon a little knoll  Under the shade of a mesquit grove.  On the road to Cristoval.  "We had after that another tight,  With them dark pesky fellows,  Down at Arroyo Saucy lite  Among the little willows.  "But thar they didn't get us foul���  We'd larnt their sneakin ways���  And you can swar we ma'lc 'em howl,  And git between two days.  "We cut our name on every cross  And burnt some of the ground,  To let the natives know their boS3,  The white man, had been round.  "Warm thar! why Dan, 'twas jes' that hot,  That beans were cooked well done,  And we always biled the coffee pot,  It standing in the sun.  "Staid there three years and then turned south,  Come back to camp McPhail,  And so on down to Quesnelle Mouth,  And 'cross La P.iche trail.  "To Kamloops and O'Kinakane,  And through the Grand Couie.  By way of the Samilkameen  Clean round to uootenae.  "Stopped till I made a raise again.  Then started out anew,  And striking cross by Ceeur'd Alene.  Come on to IdaHo.  "Well, Dan, you've been about some too���  But tell me if you know  What has becom.'i of Ned McGrew V  And whar is Sleepy Joe ?  "And Poker Pete and Monte Bill,  And���I forget his name���  What used to run the whii-ky-mill,  And keep the kuno game '!"  "Wal as for Ned, can't "zac'.ly say,  But 'bout 'tother three���  The last we heard were up this vrv.y,  A hanging on a tree.  "Went into the road agency.  Along with Texas Jim :  The Vigilants of Montany,  Likewise also got him".  linn iiiHiiiiT^ ii>Tiini mu >a��Tfcit >i  ok��  ointreal  O  Established 1817.  Capital (all paid up) $12,000,000.00  Reserved fund : : 6,000,000.00  Undivided profits :    :     896,850.04  HEAD    OFFICE,   MONTREAL.  Rt. Hon. Lord Strathcona a.id Mount Royal, G.C.M.G. President.  Hon. G. A. Drummond, Vice President,  E. S, Clouston, General Manager,  Branches in all parts of Canada, Newfoundland, Great Britain, and  the United States.  New Denver branch  F. J. FINUCANE, Manager.  I  "Sleepy was drowned at Upper Dalles���  And so was Al la Tour-  Went in a skiff over the falls.  And no one saw 'em more.  ���'Some think that Ned was eat by bears,  And I most think so too-^  'Cause didn't one gobble up Nie NcNares,  On the trail to Cariboo ?  "Cold up north ? I've knowd a name,  To congeal in my mouth ;  And that's how the saying came  About the frozen truth.  " Yes and I've seen still stranger feats���  You know Jim, I'm no liar���  The flames freeze into solid sheets,  As they rise up from the fire."  "Sure that's right cold, but tell me Dan,  How goes tlie mining game ?  And what's the chance here for a man  To strike a paying claim ?"  "Wall, jest 'bout here it's rather slim.  But I've got one that pays ;  So pitch right in here with me Jim,  And when we've made a raise  "We'll put off north with a good rig���  For yesterday I seen  Gus Gape who said the; 'd struck it big  High up on the Stickeen.  "Or if you rather like the south,  Why then it's south we'll go-  The only drawback is the drouth  Down that a way, you know."  The n"��xt we hear of Dan and Jim,  May be on the Yukon���  Or in the. forests damp and dim,  That shade the Amazon.  Air Tight Heaters and Box Stoves at  Bourne Bros. The largest stock and  lowest prices in the Slocan.  A.  DRISCOLL, C. E.,  I ominion & Provincial  La ad Surveyor.  Slocan City, B.C  D  R. A. S. MARS '~_L.  Dentist.  Kaslo, B C  C. S. RASHDALL,  Notary Public.  A. E. FAUQUIER.  RASHDALL & FAUQUIER  MINES & REAL ESTATE.  NEW DENVER, B.C.  MINING INTERESTS BOUGHT,  SOLD  and BONDED.      CORRESPONDENCE   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 stocks of  Hardware in West Kootenay,  and shall be pleased to quote  prices upon anything required  in my line.  Graduate of American College of Dental Surgery  Chicago     W. S. Drewry  Kaslo, B.C.  H. T. Twigg  New Denver, B.C.  DREWRY &. TWIGG  Dominion and Provincial Land Surveyors.  Civil and Mining Engineers.  Bedford, McNeil Code.  42TRashdall & Fauquier, Agents.  Q M. WGODWORTH, M.A.,  LL.B.  NOTARY PUBLIC  CONVEYANCE]I Etc.,  MINES and REAL ESTATE  Slocan City, B.C.    -JT\    a. FAUQUIER,  NOTARY PUBLIC.  Nakusp, B.C.  Hotel  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.  j^.E. PALMER, C.E.  PROVINCIAL LAND  and MINE SURVEYOR.  HENRY STEGE, Prop'r^  The Clifton House,  andon.  Has ample accommodations for a large number of people. The rooms are large  and airy, and the Dining Room is provided with everything in the market  Sample Rooms for Commercial Travelers.  P.O. Box 214,  Sandon, B.C  GWTLLLM & JOHNSON.  (McGill)  Mining Engineers  & Analy-Chemists.  Slocan City,  B O  HOTEliS OF KOOTEfiflLY  THE MINERS EXCHANGE.  Three Forks, E. C, Weaver  AsSflVE^S OF B. G.  John Buckle3', Prop.  J[0WARD WEST,  Assoc. R S M, London', Eng  MINING ENGINEER,  ANALYTICAL CHEMIST,  & ASSAYER.  Properties   examined   and   reported on  for  in  tending purchasers.  Assay office and Chemical Laboratory. Bellc-  vue a ve. New Denver. B C.  J. M. M. BENEDUM,  Silverton.  THE  SELKIRK  HOTEL  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  Brandon, B. O,  Assay Price List:  Gold, Silver, or Lead,each ��� $1.50  Gold, Silver and Lead, combined  3 00  Gold and Silver  2 00  Silverand Lead  2 00  Copper (by Electrolysis) ��� 2 00  Gold, Silver, Copper and Lead  4 00  Gold and Copper.  2 60  Silver and Copper  2 80  Gold, Silver and Copper   S 00  Platinum  5 00  Mercury  2 00  Iron or Mangano.se  2 00  Lime, Magnesium, Barium, 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  Tonus: 'iCash With .Sample.  June 20th. 1895.  FRANK DICK,  Assayer and Analyst  FRED J. SQUIRE  Nelson, B. C.  Merchant Tailor.  Full Line  of Suitings and  Trouserings ah**ays on hand.  F. W. GROVES,  CIVII. and MINING ENGINEER,  Provincial l<aiid Surveyor.  Underground Surveys. Surface ana  Aerial Tramways. Mineral claims surveyed and reported upon.      Kaslo, B.C  of  all   kinds,   call  on or  write.  W.F Jcetzel & Co,  DRUGGIST, Nelson,B.C.  WANTED���  Industrious Men of Character.  THE LINSCOTT COMPANY,  TORONTO.  Start from VANCOUVER  Because  1. VANCOUVER is the best outfitting- point on the Coast; goods  considerably cheaper than in the  United States.  2. VANCOUVER is the nearest|port of departure to the Yukon District.  3. VANCOUVER is the terminus of the C. P.  Railway, whose steamers -will start from  Vancouver this spring.  ���1.   All  north-bound  steamers call at    VANCOUVER.  , 5.   Direct steamers to Yukon ports have now  commenced to run from VANCOUVER.  6. VANCOUVER is the only Canadian port  where passengers transfer direct from train  to steamer.  7. KLONDIKE is in Canada. Outfit in VANCOUVER and save SO per cent. Customs  Duty.  W. GODFREY,  President Board of Trade, Vancouver. B. C. Fifth Year.  THE LEDGKE, NEW DENVER, B.C., FEBRUARY 3, 1898.  A   COSTLY   HOLE.  The death of Caleb H. Johnston,  superintendent of the great Silver Geyser mine, which occured in Denver recently, may stop for a time, and perhaps  permanently, the most remarkable mining enterprise in the world. Upon Mr-  Johnston's theory alone���tliat one mile  deep in the earth where his mining  shaft has already penetrated nearly half  way, an enormous mass of silver would  be found���capitalists have spent over  two million dollars with no returns.  The true story of the Silver Geyser  mine is so wonderful as to tax credulity.  Seventeen years ago two hunters wandering amon^ the foot-hills of the mighty  Sangre de Cristo range, in the southern  part of Colorado, sat down to rest. One  of^them, kicking the toe of his boot aimlessly into tlie earth, brought out a small  fragment of rock.  A few days later the finder made his  way to Silver Cliff and had the piece of  rock assayed. It was pronounced horn  silver, almost absolutely pure metal. He  hurried back to the spot and staked out  a claim. From the very roots of .the  grass where he began to dig he brought  to the surface quantities of silver ore of  the same purity as he had first found. It  was veritably a cliff of silver, and so he  called the mine the Silver Cliff. He and  those who followed him took out $200,-  000 worth of ore; .then, suddenly, the  pocket dwindled to a narrow vein and  finally disappeared.  Seven years later a mining engineer  with long California and Idaho experience was in Colorado and heard the tale  of the lost lead. He had heard many  wonderful stories of lost mines and leads  in the course of his life, but this excited  his curiosity. He rode off alone one day  to investigate it.  A careful evamination of the abandoned Silver Cliff mine showed Mr. Johnson's practised eye that it had been an  almost round pocket, surrounded by  volcanic mud. lie camped there thiee  weeks, for a theory that had been taking  shape in his mind. He did not use  giant powder or dynamite or spend a  penny in arriving at his conclusions. He  reasoned that from geologic conditions  the Silver Cliff pocket came from a distance; that it was hurledfrom the earth  through the air, described a long arc to  the south, settled in the waim oozy, 'vol-*  . canic mud, where it lay buried until the  washing of the storms, and at last the  hunter's boot, had uncovered it. With  tape line and transit he measured the  pocket, found its inclination, and calculated the arc that the ore-body had described in its flight through the air.  Mr. Johnston was a man of tremendous  will-power. When he had completed  his calculations and proved on paper  that his theory was correct he went to  Boston, where he laid the result of his  labors before James W. Cartwright, a  capitalist of that city. To him he said:  "We may have to" go a mile into the  ground before we reach the mouth of  this volcano, but when we do we will  find the walls coated with pure silver.  We may have to spend millions, and we  may fail ultimately, but I doubt it. If  we succeed it will be the richest mine  the world has ever seen���worth countless millions. The chances are that we  shall win."  A company was organized with Mr.  Cartwright and J. H. Norman, another  Boston capitalist, at the head. It was a  close corporation of wealthy men. Johnson was sent back to Colorado with  $200,000 backing to prospect for the volcano. In the mountain he cut a tunnel  50 feet wide and eight feet high through  the broken, splintered, crumbling rock.  He measured the dip of every seam that  he encountered. When the tunnel was  200 feet into the hill they found a bit of  ��ilv.er as big as a hazel nut.    It was ex-  worth a cent. Possibly another engineer  can be found who will have as unflagging  faith in the enterprise as Mr. Johnson  has had, but it is doubtful. There is no  question that work and anxiety was the  cause of Mr. Johnson's death.  Alan is for the woman made,  And the woman made for man ;  As the spur is for the jade,  As the scabbard for tiie blade,  As for digging is the spade,  As for liquor is the can,  So man is for the woman made,  And the woman made for man.  As the sceptre's to be swayed,  As for night's the serenade,  As for pudding is the pan,  As to cool us is Ihe fan.  So man is for woman made,  And the woman made for man.  Be she widow, or maid.  Be she wanton, be she staid,  Be she well, or ill arrayed,  Scold, or witch, or harridan,  Yet man is for woman made  And the woman made for man.  ���Current Literature.  ��� I 1 1 ���  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS  Comiskey Mineral Claim.  Wind  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay   District.      Where   located:  On  tie Galena Farm, adjoining the Peerless  mineral claim on the north.  ���TAKE NOTICE that I. Francis J. O'Reilly of  i   Silverton,  B. C, as agent for the Galena  Mines, Ld, (Foreign) Free Miner's Certificate No.  7:*)" A., intend, sixty days from the date hereof, to  apply to the Mining Recorder for a certiticate 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 1st day of February, 1898.  FRANCIS T. O'REILLY.  Kosebery  The northern connecting' point of  the C. P. E. on Slocan Lake.  Kosebery  Huinbolt   Mineral    Claim.  Has the  only  Slocan City.'  safe harbor north of  Aioth��r* Uod�� oF WTtcg  "Mr. Graham," said the young man,  "I have traced to you the story that I  have been divorced fourteen times and  arrested seventeen for cruelty to my  wife, and I would like an explanation."  "Mr. Bailey, I am certainly astounded.  The only story I have told about you  latelv is what you infoi-med me last  Thursday���that you had just been engaged." "May I ask you where you  mentioned that?" "Wliy, certainly ; it  was at the Friday afternoon sewing  circle."  >%,  "No, George," faltered the maiden,  "I fear it cannot be. I admire you as  a gentleman, I respect you las a friend,  but " "Laura!" he exclaimed, "before you pass sentence hear me out. A  recent lucky stroke in business has  enabled me to buy a beautiful home on  Prairie avenue, which shall be in your  name. I will insure my life for $25,000  and������" "George," calmly interposed  the lovelv girl, "you interrupted me.  I was about to say "that the sentiments  of respect and esteem I feel for you,  though so strong, are feeble in comparison with the deep love which���which I  ���which  I have  long���don't  George,  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 & CO.  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay district. Where located: On Four  Mile Creek, an extension of the Vancouver  No. ���>.  ������PAKE NOTICE that I. F. S. Andrews, agent  I for W. fl. Heliyar, Free Miner's Certificate  No. 4).'8 A, 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 lake notice that action under Sec.  37 must be commenced before the issuance of such  certificate of improvements.  Dated this 5th day of November, 1807.  F. S. ANDREWS,  Agent for W. H. Heliyar.  SlammotH Mineral Claim.  dear!"    For  her again.  George had  interrupted  ., ."I'the same soi't of ore as came from  the "Silver Cliff pocket. He laid off all  the men at once and departed for Boston,  where he laid the bit of ore before the  company and said:  "Gentlemen, that proves I. was right."  The bit of metal was worth then perhaps  a dollar, and the work had cost more  than $150,000.  "We can go ahead and hunt for the  mine now," continued Mr. Johnson. He  told ihe Silver Geyser Mining and Milling Company, as the corporation was  called, where he would start the shaft,  if they would put up the money. He  estimated that he would find indications  of ore at 1500 to 1700 feet, and the great  mother.lode itself at 4500 to 5000 feet.  He could not tell them, not until he was  at least 2000 feet into the bowels of the  mountain, but he might have to sink his  shaft two miles.  It was nine years ago that the engines  began to puff and the drills to hiss in  the Silver Geyser mine. Down, down  went tlie shaft, beautifully timbered all  the way, and the two great steel cages  plied back and forth day and night,  carrying their loads of rock which they  vomited out at the mine's mouth. But  not a particle of silver ore.  Experts*who'have seen the mine declare that tlie work is absolutely perfect.  For the first five hundred feet down so  perfect is the shaft that the great steel  cages drop without touching the sleeves  at tlie sides. At every hundred feet two  levels have been run, exploring for ore.  There are nearly six miles in all of these  underground levels and drifts.  Three years ago it looked as though  the game was won. An ore-body was  tapped which seemed to be a great feeder of some subterranean lake of silver.  More men were put to work on this,  while the shaft went sinking ever downward. They followed this silver brook,  as it might be termed, in all its twist-  ings, down and down for more than a  thousand feet. Sometimes the ore would  be poor and sometimes rich, but the  man who talked of what he saw was  discharged. This vein finally pinched  out, but not until $200,000 worth of silver  had been taken from it.  About eighteen   months  ago  the long  contest with fortune seemed once more  to have been won. It was thought they  had reached the wall that dammed up j  the great mass of silver they sought.  But no. Behind the wall the drills  ground their way - through a mass of  conglomerate rock, and the untold riches  were, still far away.  The shaft is 2300 feet deep now and  has cost $2,300,000. This amount includes the $200,000 taken out of the feeder, so that the Boston capitalists are,  up to date, $2,100,000 on the wrong side  of the ledger.  ]NTo one believed  in  Johnson's theory  at first   except  those  who   put up the  money.    But now it has many followers. '���  His capitalists have put their fortunes to I  the test and will either win or lose it all; |  for if they fail tlie great hole will   not be I  A well-known politician recently arrived at Queenstown, after crossing the  Atlantic, and was quickly surrounded  by the usual sellers of curios, amongst  them an old Irish woman with sprays of  Shamrocks, one penny each.  Our friend took one and gave the woman a shilling.  In great delight she cried: "God  bless yer honor, and may every hair of  yer tiead be a torch to light ye to  glory !"'.-  Raising his hat and displaying a perfectly bald head, he said :  "Thank you, madam ; but even that,  you see, would not make a very brilliant torchlight procession."  "Bless ver honor," cried the ready  dame, " 'tis just the same, for they've  all srone on before ve."  Scene���Crowded barber shop.  Enter customer, who, seeing a friend  being shaved, addressed the barber  with :  I did not know you shaved monkeys.  Barber���Yes, sir; take a seat, you're  next.  The roars of laughter silenced the  funny one so effectively that he left hur-  riedlv.  II  1  III!  Ill  III  1  i  li  III  i  III  III  fill  III  III  i  1 i  1  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay   District.     Where located:    Adjoining the Mountain Chief, Carpenter Creek.  T>AKE NOTICE that I, Herbert T. Twigg, agent  L   for John A. Finch, Free Miner's Certificate  No. 1674 A., Alfred W. McCune. Free Miner's Certificate No. 01727 and George  W. Hughes, Free  Miner's Certificate No. G1976, 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 13th day of January, 18981  HERBERT T. TWIGG.  Badger State   Mineral Claim.  OTEL SANDON.  7ft     *&     ?ft7ft     *7j\     W  Sandon, B.C.  Situated in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay District. Where located: Near  the town of Sandon.  TAKE NOTICE That I, George Alexander, froe  miner's certificate No. 74000, intend 60 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 4th day of January, 1898.  Eosebery  It is at Rosebery where the beautiful Slocan steamer ties up over night  and where the employees can brings  their families.  Eosebery  Lots were put on the market June 28  and are selling fast. Ton cannot  afford to wait if yon want a lot. They  are going up.  Eosebery  Men are now grading and clearing  the townsite, and several buildings  are about to be erected.  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  Terms, J cash; balance three and six  months.  For full particulars apply to  A. M. BEATTIE,  General Agen  NOTICE.  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 Cunnng, Proprietor.  Has Steam Heat,  Electric Liffht and  every convenience for  the comfort of guests,  The house is   "VTOTICE is hereby given that 90 days after date  n I intend to apply to the Chief Commissioner  of Lands and Works for permission to purchase  the following parcel of land situated on the  east 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 40 chains, thence running  west to the Nakusp & Sloean 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, containing 80 acres, more or less.  Dated, Nov. 28th, 1897.  A. M. BEATTIE.  k  stage as  Bouttown���Taken to the  profession, have vou!   How are  doing?"  Sonorous   Earsplitter   (tragedian)���  Firstrate.    Making- monev.  Wha- ?  Fact.   You see, my brother and I are  in partnership.  What "-ood does that do ?  He sells eggs and I act.  A gentleman was entering the Senate  gallery at Washington, when he ehanc-  en to meet a friend coming out.  "Hello!" he said, "what is going on?"  "Nothing jusc now. Mr. Evarts has  been addressing the Senate." "Has  he? I'm sorry I missed that." "Yes, it  was a great treat. He spoke for more  than four hours." "What about?" "He  didn't say."  ���%- '  "What can I do, my darling," he  whispered, to prove my love for thee ?  Would that I could, at' peril of my life,  rescue thee from bloodthirsty Indians,  save thee from the fangs of the roaring  lion or snatch thee from a watery  grave. Say, dear one, what can I do ?"  "Ask papa'," she said promptly. But  he was not prepared to go so far as that.  He went outside to see what sort of an  evening it was, and he never came  back again.  -%<  Guest (facetious)���The cheese seems  to be active; it has already reached the  far end of the table.  Host (startled)���Waiter, stop the  cheese!  <%,  "Mr. Higgainore," said Miss Quickstep, firmly and distinctly, interrupting  him, "you"having called ine a 'lump of  sweetness' a great many times, but you  have never said you would like to have  me regularly with your morning coffee."  | Whereupon Mr.Higgainore proposed.  There was no way of escape.  ���*���%<  Tlie last verse of "God save the  Queen" has been translated into over 50  different languages, all spoken by Her  Majestv's subjects. I wonder if the  Zulas,'Maoris, Chinese and Fijis were  able to learn the tune ! What a chorus  it would be if representatives of the  whole 50 should try to sing it at once !  A good woman is seldom the cause of  any evil. It was not Eve, but a crawling reptile, that dispossessed the Adam  familyiof its pleasant pre-emption.  A fun-loving little chap went to  school the other morning with a dirty  face, and when the teacher asked him  why he didn't wash it, he said:  "Why. ma'am. I've got such a cold  iu my head I was afraid the wafer  would freeze, on mv face."  in  First=class  every respect  and has few equals in  the mountains ofthe  West.   The rates are  IRA W. BLACK,  Proprietor.  $250 S $4��o  a day  Its Central Location  and proximity to all  railroad depots make  it the headquarters  for : . . .  flitiing  and Commercial  Men  during their visits to  the silver metropolis  of Canada.  SCHEDULE.  Effective Nov. 32, 1897.  WESTBOUND. EASTBOUND.  P.M.    P.M.    P.M. P.M.    P.M.    P.M.  No.,1) No..') No.l No.2 No.4 No.6  3-45 9:00....ROBSON ....8:00 2:30  5:00   2:00   10:00 TRAIL 7:00   12:55    1:15  3:15   11:15..ROSSLAND... 6:00   12:00m  Nos.land 2 connect with C.P.R. mam line  steamers, and trains to and from Nelson at Robson.  Nos. 3 and 4 are local trains between Trail and  Rossland.  Nos. 5 and 6 are local trains between Trail  and Robson. No. 6 connects with train No. 4  from Rossland.  All trains daily.  F. P. GUTELIUS, Gen. Supt.  CANADIAN  PACIFIC  _RAILWAY.  The Quickest  and  Cheapest Route  East  or  West.  Steamer leaves Nakusp every  morning-, making- close connection  at Revelstoke with train? or  all points East or West.  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. MaoGregor,   Trav. Pass Agt,  Nelson,  or to E.  J. Coyle,   Dist.  Pass. Agft, Vancouver, B. C.  KASLO & SLOCAN RY  TIME CARD  Subject to change without notice  Trains run on Pacific Standard Time.  Leave 8 00 A.M.  " 8 3G '���  " 9 36 "  " 9 51 "  '��� 10 03 ���'  " 10 18 "  " 10 38 "  Arr. 10 50  ROBT. IRVING,  Traffic Mngr  Kaslo  South Pork  Sproule's  Whitewater  Bear Lake  McGuigan  Cody Junction  "      1  Sandon Leave 1  Arrive, 3 50 P.M  "       3 15 "  2 15 "  2 CO "  '*       1 48 "  1 33 "  12 "  00 "  k  Nelson & Ft. Sheppard  Red  Mountain  RAILWAYS  F.  COPELAND,  Superintendent  railroad and steamship tickets to  points, apply to  CAMPBELL, Agent, Sandon.  Por chea  and from al  S.  That they will send no  more to the T. Eaton Co  for Dry Goods and  Furnishings; as the  goods cost much more  when landed in New  Denver; besides, they  are often old and shelf-  worn and they seldom  get what they order.  But���  Different Here  Our goods are new and  of the best quality; the  patterns are ofthe latest:  designs, and, above all,  Our Prices are Rigfht  N B.���We are offering a line line of Ladies'  Jackets, Boys' and Men's Overcoats and Pea-  Jackets below anything ever before offered in  the Slucau. Call and examine our goods and  satisfy yourselves.  McLachlan & McKay,  New Denver.  Atf''**Ee,��MIBlP,,l��S Sell "Klondike Gold  O^HBd Fields" like a whirlwind. Prospectus 2.r> cents, worth 51. Big pay.  Capital unnecessary.  MKAiii.KY-OAiiitKTsoN Comtant, Limited,  Toronto.  '&��&&&&  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  From Montreal  I am offering- special  inducements to  my patrons in  Do not miss tlii.s opportunity  for our Worsteds, Serges,  Tweeds, Trouserings and  Overcoatings are the newest  and best in the Slocan country. Satisfaction guaranteed  or   money   refunded.  A. H. Wilson,  The Reliable Slocan Tailor.  Williamson Block, New Denver.  California, Allan Line....  Parisian, "      Carthaginian "      Labrador .Dominion Line    Vancouver, "     From New Y��rk  Umbria.Cunard Line    Etruria "     Campania.     "     Majestic, White Star Line    Teutonic "         ���  St. Paul, American Line...:    St. Louis. '���     Stare of Nebraska, Allan State Line..    Southwark. Red Star Line    Naordland, '���     Cabin **-l,r>, Alo, *ff;o, 70 ��80 and upwards.  Intermediate ���"���.'SO and upwards.  Steerage -*'_'.'>.f>o and upwards.  Passengers  Ticketed   through to all poims in  Great Britain or Ireland, and at  Specially low  rates to all parts of tlie European Continent.  Prepaid Passages arranged from all points.  Apply to A. 0. McARTHUK. C.P.R.   Agent  Sandon, or  WILLTAM   STITT,  General Agent,  O. l\ R. Offices. Winnipeg  Hotel Veveyj  Dining Room and Bar. First- i  class in every respect. Rooms |  well furnished. Trail open to ,  Ten and Twelve Mile creeks, i  Pack and Saddle Animals to hire.  ALLEN & CORY, Proprietors.  , Vevey, Slocan Lake, B.C.  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.  Daily, Except Sunday.  Leave.  9:20 a.m.  12:00 "  8:00 a.m.  NELSON  ROSSLAND  SPOKANE  Close connection with Steamers for  all Kootenay lake points.  Passengers for Kettl  Creek connect at Marcus  Arrive..  5:35 p. m  2:50   "  6:40 p.m  Kaslo and  River and Boundary  with stage daily.  INTERNATIONAL     NAVIGATION  & TRADING CO.,  LTD.  fi  ta  On Kootenav Lake and R'ver.  Time Card in Effect   Oct.   1st,   18.97.   Daily  Except Sunday. Subject to Change without notice  Close connection at Five Mile Point with all  passei'gei trains of thcN. & F.S.R.R. to and from  Northport, Rossland and Spokane.  Through   tickets sold at Lowest Rates and  Baggage checked to all United States Points.  Lv. Kaslo for Nelson ami way points.  5:45 a.m  Ar. Northport VJ:Vi p.m.: Rossland 8:40 p  m.: Spokane, ij p.m.  Lv.   Nelson for Kaslo and way points. 4.IS p.m.  Lv. Spokane 8 a.m : Rossland.  ln-.-jn a.m.:  Northport. I:n0 a.m.  Travelers  Will find th.  Arlington Hotel  a pleasant place to stop at when in  Sloean City.  GETHING & HENDERSON. Proprietors.  BONNER'S FERRY axi�� KOOTENAV RIVER  SERVICE.  The Alberta awaits the arrival ofthe Inteiv  national before leaving for Bonner'.-,Ferry.  Lv. Kaslo. Sat..I.ixi p. in: Ar. Boundary, Snn.  midnight: Ao*. Bonner's Ferry. Snn.. ln.30 a.m.  Lv Bonner's Ferry. Sun., 1 p.m.: Ar. Boundary. Sun.. .5 p.m.: A.r. Kaslo, Sun., lo p.m.  Close connecton at Bonner's Ferry with  trains East hound, leaving Spokane 7.40 a.m.,  and West bound, arriving Spokane 7 p.m.  ! The last trip this season on the Bonner's Ferry  | route will be on the 6th and 7th November after  I which date the Bonner's Ferry service will be  : discontinued.  GEORGE   ALEXANDER, Gen'IMgr  Head Office at Kaslo, B.C.  Kaslo. B.C., Oct. 1,1897  THE SILVERTON MINER'S UNION  X No. 71,  w.  _~.   :__.  Meets every Saturday night.  C.   Mc-.NICHOLLS.    President  CHAS.   BRAND, Secretary.  SWIJyMWWUHUSHASKiH  WMBUMULMUf THE LEDQE, NEW DENVER, B.C., FEBRUARY 3, 1898.  Fifth Yeak  MINING   RB0OROS.  ljy Sheriff, to  The following is a complete list of the  mining transactions recorded curing the  ���week in the several mining divisions of  the Slocan. Those of New Denve- were  as follows:��� '  LOCATIONS.  Jan 26���Arena Fraction, Four Mile, Chas E  Hope; Dominion, Carpenter, Duncan McCuaig.  Jan 27���Dividend, Sloean Lake, Wm H Brandon.  ASSESSMENTS.  Jan 25���Woodenspooh, Pay Rock, O K.  jAsae���W H R.  TRANSFERS.  Jan 24���Apis, Kate  \V Terrill  John H Gray, Jan 15, s-124.  Jan 25���Humptulips i, Arthur H Whitcher to  Chas K Burritt, Dec 8.  Same. Chas K Burritt to A H Clements, Jan 12.  Paymaster J, S L Goldberg to J H Douglas,  Nov 26.  Texas Boy i, D E Watson to John Nunh.  Jan 26���Silver Standard J, Grant J, Jas Bowes  to M E Rammelmeyer, Dec 21.  Emily Edith J, W 11 K J, Jas Bowes to Chas E  Hope, Jan26,:?2,5i>0.  Snowbird {, M L Nicholson to Frank L Byron,  Jan 25.  Jan 27���Mollie Hughes, Idea, Real Idea No 2,  Elnathan, Kinkora, Pinto No 2, Tryon, H E Mc-  Carville and'Felix Hughes to H. Clever, M E  Bragdon, Harry Slierran and Thos Avison, all  interest, Jan 22, &.530.  American Girl, Concord,First Extenson,Young  Dominion Fraction, Wm Glynn. Jas H Moran,  John A Finch and Peter Larsen to Chas K  Milbourne and Thos J Duncan, Oct 1, *10,  Jan 28���General Sheridan and Rushford, MR  W Riithborne to Geo Alexander, Jan 24.  Jan 31���Afternoon i, Jas Campbell to W E  Cropp, Jan 29. "  May B, HJH Pitts to Wm Stuhbs, Jan 6.  SLOCAN    CITY    DIVISION.  TRANSFERS.  Jan 21���Lily BJ.WS Tucker to Eri Thompson, Martin Maurer and Geo D Long.  Portland i, Geo D Long to Martin Maurer, W  S Tucker and Eri Thompson.  Silver Leaf J, Eri Thompson to W S Tucker,  Geo D Long and Martin Maurier.  Rainbow i, Martin) Maurer to Eri Thompson  and Geo D Long.  Jan 24���Russell and Daisy Fraction J, Michael  Cooper to Wm White.  Medina Fraction, Bragton, Texas, and Mountain Key Fraction. John P Driscoll-and Harry  Davis to Martin C Hlllery.  AINSWORTH   DIVISION.  ever before in the same period of time.  The great'Calumet and Hecla, the richest mine in the world,led with dividends  of ��40 per share, a total of ��4,000,000,  followed by the Quincy with around  million of' profits paid stockholders.  The Tamarack paid ��360,000, and the  Osceola, Kersarg-e and Atlantic also  paid handsomely.  For the vear 1896 the production of  refined copper by Michigan mines  amounted to 138,390,760 pounds, worth  approximately Sl-5,000,000. This production was achieved by 17 mines, nine  of which were in Houghton, one in  KeAveenaw and seven in Ontonagon  county, the Central mine of Keweenaw  county contributing 469,213 pounds, or  about" one-third of one per cent,  of the total production, while the  gross output of the seven Ontonagon  countv mines was less than 120,000  pounds, and all was secured by "tribu-  tors," or miners who picked what copper could be found from the upper-  workings of abandoned mines. The  Calumet and Hecla produced 85,552,756  pounds of refined copper, or two-thirds  of the entire production of the state.  Of the refined copper, a trifle over 25,000  tons was smelted at the works ofthe  Calumet and Hecla at Black Rock,  Buffalo, and something over 44,000 tons  was refined at the smelters at Houghton.  The 1893 output of copper by the Lake  district will probably reach or even exceed 75,000 tons, and the profit to the  mining companies on this output will  scarcely fall short of 87,000,000 after  labor has been paid the highest wages  found in any mining district east of the  Rockv mountains, wages from which  the miners have saved sufficient to become themselves among the heaviest  stockholders of the mines iu which they  work. ���          ���  X   CANADIAN    WELSH   COLONY.  Owen is not seemingly an individual to  make the least of his difficulties, and  Eer haps he might do better nearer his  eloved Wales.���London B. C. Review.  Canada's   Mineral   Output.  Ottawa.���The detailed report of, the  geological survey upon statistics of mines  and minerals for the year 1896 has been  issued. It gives Canada's total mineral  production for the year as $22,500,000, an  increase of 125 per cent, in ten years, the  production in 1886 having been $10,000,-  000.  The increase nf mineral production in  the United States for the same decade  was 40 per cent. The annual production  per capita is $8 in the United States,  against $4.50 in Canada.  In* the production of gold British Columbia stands credited with over 64 per  cent., and Nova Scotia with over nine  per cent. The North-West Territories,  including the Yukon district, comes  third, with 13 per cent., and Ontario  fourth, with about five per cent., while  Quebec contributes much under one per  cent.  An attempt was made on Tuesday  night to crack the safe in Ainslie &���  Ainslie's bank at Comber, Ont. Several  chisel marks near the'eombination show  that it was meddled with. Ahorse and  buggy belonging to a resident of the  town "are missing and it is supposed that  they were taken by the would-be robbers.  LOCATIONS.  Jan 28���Out of Sight, W F Traves.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPKOVEMENTS.  Jan 24���King Solmn, Lucy, Glengarry.  TRANSFERS.  Jan 25���Kootenay Queen and Slocan Chief No  10, release of lien held by Burt Pearson recorded  against interests of Frank LoCasto, H P Hea-  cock and Alex Sproat  Katie L i, G S Spearing to J W Quinn.  Noble Friend and New Chum J, Chas Bostrum  to John Herren, 4600.   .  Certificate of satisfaction of Gold Commissioner  that work done on the Bonita be applied to the  Goodfuck for the purpose of obtaining a Crown  grant.  Jennie, Mrs A A McKinnon to Chas Allen.  Jan 28���Noble Friend A, Chas Bostrum to C G  Johanson.    ��� -,  ���*  LAIUJKAC    GOLD.  On Tuesday last Archie McGillvray,  who is interested in the lease on the  claim adjoining that of Messrs. Brown,  Culkeen & Co., brought down to Trout  Lake City six ounces.of gold,the results  of a cleanup of a little over two yards  of gravel. On.Saturday last Messrs.  Hughes, Gainer, and Campbell, who  had been up at the workings reported  that, while there, a single pan of dirt  gave the very satisfactory returns of  $11. This is the best yet, panned, and  it is evident that as the work is pushed  ahead and approach made to bedrock,  the dirt is getting richer. Here are  some of the returns made from single  pans: $1, $1.25, $2, $3, $7.10, and $11.  Some of the properties further up the  creek are turning out well. The one  owned by Messrs. Nix, Verschoyle and  Bourke, near Ten Mile, is claimed by  them to he a very rich proposition.  They state, after thoroughly prospecting the ground, that.hundred yards  square of it and of an average depth.of  two feet, will range from five cents to  $2 to the pan in gold. About a mile  above them and close to Ten Mile, is  another pretty fair property, owned by  Messrs. Cague, Alligren" and Ellen.  While prospecting the ground they panned out a fractiou over two ounces of  gold. They have dammed the creek  and cut a ditch from thence, by means  of which they are going to try to get  out some of the gold they know is there.  ���Trout Lake City Topic.  One of the first to avail themselves of  the exceptional offers made by the  Canadian Government to obtain Welsh  emigrants was a Mr. Elias Owen, of  Carnarvonshire, who has just sent home  information showing how the emigrants  fare amidst the winter rigours of the  far North-West. The latter, which is  dated from New Denver, December 7th,  and is addressed to his parents, says: .*  "You will have gathered from my  previous letters that we were by no  means satisfied with the Crow's Nest  Pass, because the climate was so intensely cold. In Wales we know nothing of' cold falling below zero, but at  the Pass we experienced cold 38 degrees below zero. We slept in small  tents, some 10 ft. by 8 ft. We had 119  beds at all. We were compelled tb  sleep with nothing but straw between  us and the bare earth, and many a pig-  in Wales is better off in this respect.  The frost lay thick as a fall of snow  upon our blankets, and the cold pierced  the face like spears. I endeavoured to  hide mv face under the blankets, but  the frost pierced through this covering'.  Mv boots bv the morning were frozen  lik"e lumps "of iron. I had better, perhaps, say no, more lest you should feel  chilled by reading my experiences '  He���Yes ; billiards is a great game,  those balls kissed; now it is my turn.  She���Oh! is that your game?��� Well,  hurry up, George, for mamma may be  in at anv moment.  NotLax  Fax  But  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.,  200-212  NO COMMISSIO  IRST AVE. NORTH:  CHARGE.  mc.     Minneapolis, Minn.  nox  Carry the finest  ... line of. . . .  Jewelry  .in the City..  Port of Nakusp,  THOS. ABR1EL  CUSTOnS BROKER,  n  Real Estate, Mines & Insurance.  Nakusp, Bi C.  Evidently The Ledge's "ad"  compositor has not yet recovered from his New Year's  feast of turkey and��� to judge  from the way he mixes his  letters. Everybody knows  that NELSON sells  It  living  in Canada,  in any of us tb  native   Ameri-  THE   GIBSON    MINK.  E. W. Talbott, one of the largest  holders of stock in the Gibson mine, on  the South Fork of Kaslo creek, has been  visiting the property, and seems more  confident than ever that his company  has one of the best properties in the  Slocan.  The Gibson is said to be the first  location made on the South Fork and  the present owners have been steadily  and quietly developing it since coming  into possession ;i year ago last November. The development now consists of  .1,100 feet of work und will be continued  right along without cessation.  On the 10th instant a ear load of ore  was rawliided down to the K. & S. Railway and is now being treated at the  Kaslo Sampling Works. It is expected  that other shipments will be made this  winter.  Mr. Talbott, brought one of the large  stockholders up from Spokane with him  to inspect the mine  is no use thinking of  There was no heart  work. Some, thoug  cans, could not earn enough to maintain themselves, and were consequently  turned away. The food was on the  whole pretty fair, but we had to rush  at it like a lion at its prey, or it would  be frozen before us. Some of the lads  went away before me, and are now  working in a coal mine at Canmore.  After considering tne matter carefully,  1 decided to start for New Denver, in  British Columbia, a journey of some  550 miles. Having sent our luggage  on in advauce, I with two others started on foot, carrying our blankets on  our backs a distance of 15 miles. Our  way lay across the prairie. There was  a depth of 2i ft. of snow over the whole  prairie, and" the wind blew bitingly in  our faces. Having reached the open  prairie we had no track to guide us, as.  it was covered by the snow. Ere long-  one had his nose frozt-bitten, another  his ears, face, and hands, though with a  little care they soon recovered. After  a struggle such as J cannot describe,  we reached the head of the track, the  nearest point to which the train ran,  about 6 p.m. Here a month ago we had  been preparing a place for erecting a  bridge, and the structure is already  completed, measuring 221 ft. in length,  and being 125 ft. high. We got a  lodging at a trench farmer's  I slept one of nine, among whom  were teamsters who had crossed the  Rockv Mountains, a surveyor, members  of the Mounted Police, and a miner.  We   ��� had    proposed   continuing   our  X'  Sarsaparilla  and everybody SHOULD know  that it is the BEST Blood Purifier.      Take a little y urself.  Call in and look  ...... at the.   Diamonds.  J.R.&B.GameroR  Formerly of Winnipeg.  Furnisii Clothing*  ���: in the:���  -   Latest Style  ���:of the:���  Tailors    Aft.  SANDON, B  Masquerade  St.Valentine's Day, beb. 14  Will be celebrated by the  Knights of Pythias of  New Denver, by a Grand  Masquerade Ball in  CLEVER'S HALL.  All maskers will be required to raise their  masks at the door, where a competent committee will be stationed. Tickets for Ball, including Supper, ���������2.00.   Ladies Free.  Has an  Immense  Stock of ........  RE*DY-W1ADE  CLOTHING,  BOOTS & SHOES  No  necessity-for  freezing to death  if yon have a few  dollars to invest in  this kind of stock.  Call in.  The prices will astonish you.  Slocan  WHOLESALE GROCERS  Agents for  B. (J. Sugar Refinery and Royal  City Planing Mills."  Dealers in  being  night's  near.  the two gentlemen  returning to that city yesterday much  pleased with the result of their visit.  There are two claims in the group, being 'located four and one-half miles  above the Montezuma, on the South  Fork.  There are others on the South Fork  which are producers. The Silver Bell  has nearly four car loads stored at the  Forks, which have been rawhided during the past few weeks. These will be  brought forward by rail as soon as the  whole lot is ready. ' The Silver Bell is  largely owned by local parties, and adjoins the B.N. A. properties, also owned  by Kaslo people. Ex-Mayor Green is  interested in both mines.  Mr. F. P. Sherwood of the Bismarck  has also commenced rawhiding from the  Bismarck group, and will have a shipment ready in the course of a few  weeks. The South Fork properties are  rapidly -oming to the front, and it will  eventually take its place amongst the  largest producing camps of the district.  ���Kootenane.  MI/N'rNG    IN    THE   N.   W.  Calumet, Mich.���During  months larger   dividends  paid by the Lake Superior  the past 12  have been  mines than  journey next morning by trail, but on  reaching the depot found there was no  possibility of going on, as the line was  snowbound, but at last, at two o'clock  the next morning, we started and spent  a miserably cold day.   On reaching McLeod we "were  placed to sleep in a  boiler-room,  and,  having raised what  wages were   due  to   us,   booked   for  Revelstoke,   but were detained until t  eleven o'clock at night, as there was no j  water   for   the   engine.     We   passed.;  through    Canmore,   where    some   of j  the   others    were   working,  but   saw j  none of   them.     Cur   way   now   ran j  through  most   romantic  scenery,   the i  steep mountains on the one hand and j  tlie deep gorges through which runs the i  Kicking Horse River on the other,rush-;  ing to join the great Columbia River. !  Now we crossed  a bridge 595 ft. high, i  and anon descending by the serpentine j  railway loops through the passes, bring-;  ing us to the plain once -more.    For >  28 miles the line runs through a thick  forest.      Reaching   the  banks   of   the  Arrow Lake,  we exchanged  the train  for the steamboat, finding'another traiu  on the other side to Rosebery, whence  another small steamer brought us on to  Denver, where 1 now am     Here I met i  some, other Welshmen, including a man ;  from Dowlais and another from Flint. \  We live here in  a log house, and,  as j  there is no woman about the place, do i  all our own housework.    We  limit our j  own meat in the neighboring woods and |  fish in the lake.    After the intense cold j  of Crow's Nest Pass i  lind this a very \  desirable harbor of refuge.    I have not;  yet obtained work, but  the place is far ;  more desirable than Crow's Nest."  As the South Wales Daily News ob- j  serves, it will be seen from the above j  letter that the writer appears to be a '���  man of more than ordinary intelligence, I  and the letter affords a key to the dis-!  satisfaction of many emigrants in the  face that they appear to have expected j  to find the comforts of civilization in a *  new country in the far North-West.   Mr.  It isn't  en  That a business can be started  in a small community and the  patronage of ALL the people  be secured as readily as it has  been our good fortune to do so.  The secret of our success is  simple: We advertise nothing  that we haven't got; we make  claim to nothing that we are  not; we endeavor to be truthful and lie not. Our friends  are therefore never disappointed in any article of furniture  bought from us. To please  our patrons is our motto, and  we stick to it.  The ONLY' practical  AND  Doing; business on ���Slocan Lake.  WALKER BROS. & BAKER,  Ni'tv    Furniture; Dealers and Ilojmirern  Denver's     Undertakers and  ISnibalmer.s.  N. B.-Wu hiivc the. only i>r;ictU';il Undertaker  and Embulmer doing business in the Slocan.  NEW  DENVER, B.C.  An office ofthe Slocan Hospital has  been opened at Sandon under the  medical superintendence of DR.  P. H. POWERS. Subscribers on presentation of their orders or tickets at  the Sandon office will receive medical  or surgical treatment and the necessary medicines tree of charge.  All serious cases will be admitted  to the Hospital for treatment.  Miners in regular employ, subscribing through their payroll, can  secure all the privileges of theabove.  For further information apply to���  J. E. Brouse, M.D.,  New Deny er, B.C.  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. GRIM-  METT, 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 pat- \  Hardware,  Tin   and   Granite ware  Miners'Supplies, Paints, Oils, Glass and Putty, Doors & Windows.  B.C.  Silverton  Drug  Store  Drugs  and  Stationery,  Toilet  Articles,  Sundries,  Trail  Blazer Ciaars.  R.O  Proprietor,  Silverton,  i.  Goods called  for & Delivered  AUNDRY  ronage  in     the    future    to   MR.  GRIMMETT.  Best Rooms  w  HALLER,  Watchmaker and. Jeweler  Offered to the public  arc. to lie found in the  of New Denver  We are now in a  position to give  thoroughly sat-  isfactory service  and solicit your  patronage. We  make a specialty  of the finer lines  of Cambrics and  Linens, etc. All  business cash on  delivery.  Work Done on Short Notice.  C. M. NESBITT, Prop. ..  ��V"Rates  furnished Hotels,   Steamboat Companies, etc, on application.  El Dorada Ave.  108  Bishopsgate St.  [within]  NKW DENVER and SILVERTON.  Fresh and Salt Meats  Poultry, Eggs, Etc  SHOPS AT  ALL   IMPORTANT  KOOTENAY.  POINTS  IN  ASLO hotel!  Family & Commercial  arge  And  Columbia House  Wid'in.   quiet   mid   li.'u'd-tinished    throughout.  Board by tin; day.  week  or   nionth,  No Bar in connection.  Sixth St., Xcw Denver.  X. C. DIXUMAX.  The  British L0ND0N-ENG-  Subser "  Columbia  Review  Subscription. Ssi.50 peraiunim  Comfortable j  .^     Rooms  AMOS THOMPSON,  Manager.  R. B. THOMPSON,  W.  IF YOU ARE ENERGETIC & STRONG  If you arc above foolish prejudice against canvassing for a good book, write and get my proposition.   The information will cost nothing.  I have put. hundreds of men in the way of  making money; some of whom are now rich".  I can do good things for yon, if you are honorable nnd will work hard.  T. S. LINSCOTT, Toronto.  Fitted with every modern  convenience. Special protection against lire. Rates $2.50  and $3 per day.  COCKLE & PAPWORTH,  Proprietors.  D. MITCHELL  Secretary.  Notary Public  To   Brokers,    Mining  Engineers, owners of  Mining claims, Mining  Engineers, Assay erg,  Journalists and ethers':���  Advertise in tlie Ji.  C. Kevievr,    The  only   representative    15.    C.   Journal   in  Kuro'pe.     A Good investment  The  osebery  NEW DENVER,  B.C.  Mines and Mining* Properties  &c.  foi  ls in Rosebery, B.C.  and has  sale.    Abstracts,  Correspondence solicited. .      I  Agents for Phoenix Insurance Co. I lor the public,  of London, Eng.  omfortable  Accommodations  J. T. NAULT.

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