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 Volume VI.   No.  15.  NEW DENVER, 13. C, JANUARY 12,1899.  Price, $2 00 Year  I SLOGAN GAMP NEWSl  'LOGAl.    CHIT-CHAT.  Several people in "this vicinity have  the Boundary fever.  The recent cold weather proved a  snap.to the wood dealers.  The family of P. M. Crowley removed  to Rossland on Thursday.  Navigation on the Arrow lakes has  been greatly impeded hy ice.  Two Slocan City families have taken  up their residence here lately.  Mail from the north and south is now  received here every day of the week.  Sandon, Nelson and Rossland are asking the Government for additional  teachers.  Mrs. Amoe Thompson has returned  from an extended visit among relatives  in Western, Ontario.  Ira Black is running an hotel at Cascade, and is helped out in the kitchen  by Curley Robinson.  Several marriages among yoiuig people in this town and vicinity are announced for the spring.  W. W. Beaton was in town during  the week looking after the welfare of  Nelson Miner admirers.  Civic elections in the various B. C.  cities to-day. Hot fights in Nelson and  Rossland for the mayoralty.  An incipient blaze occurred at the  Bank of Montreal   Saturday  But slight damage was done.  There was a fairly large crowd at the  dance in, the Bosun Hall Thursday  night.   A good time was spent.  R. B. Kerr reports several transfers  of real estate in "town recently, and he  has a number of others in sight.  J. McKay, representing the Vancouver News-Advertiser, is working the  district, having been here Monday.  Fred Fraser of Revelstoke, has been  appointed a judge of the court of revision and appeal for that section of Kootenay.  On the 19th, 20th and 21st, the All  Star English Specialty Co. will hold  sway in the Bosun Hall. Regular prices  will'prevail.  Sheriff Redgraves has received notice  that his services will cease on January  31. He has been 80 years in the Government employ.  By the recent change in the running  of the boat New Denver will be benefitted, as passengers both Avays will lay  over here for several hours.'  Three candidates received the rank  of Knighthood in the local lodge, K. of  P., on Monday night. One application  for membership was presented.  Stipendiary Magistrate Sproat went  up to Three Forks on Thursday to try  the postponed police obstruction cases.  Officer Davis withdrew the charo'es.  ST.OCA>:   MXNEKAT.   1-XOAT.  Work has been resumed on the Ohio,  on Ten Mile.  The Sunshine and Yakima are preparing to ship.  More men have been added to the  force of the Comstock.  McGuigan basin exported 195 tons of  ore during- December.  Dave Bremner has resigned tlie management of the Wakefield.  Six carloads of ore were shipped by  the Last Chance last week, or 120 ton's  in all. ..  The Hall Mines smelter is bidding for  copper, lead and dry ores throughout  the Slocan.  The animal meeting of the St. Keverne  Mining Company'will be held in Spokane  on January 16th.  The Reco will increase its force to 45  men. The management reports an increase of ore reserves.  births, 185 marriages and 155 deaths.  The Nelson office includes the Trail  Creek, Sloean and -Nelson division.  i  Frank Oliver and G. Rtobile, who have  been runningan Italian hoteland private  bank at Niagara, .have /left for parts unknown, with between ?3,000 and $4,000  worth of time checks and money belonging to the various Italian railway laborers working in the yicfnityof Niagara.  An unfortunate accident occurred Saturday, near Fernie, to the regular east  bound train, that resulted in severe  injuries to Engineer Robinson, Fireman  H.ogan and T. Hume,|the brakeman. A  flang�� on the engine broke, causing it to  jump the track anil tumble over in the  ditch, carrying four j.cars with it. The  engineer was badly bruised and received  a severe cut on the forehead. The fireman was badly scalded and the brake-  man had one leg cut off.  J-tUTH    JUNKS.  Heavy  Di vi-tliMiilx  Duriiu  I'aid  ; the  )>>���  the Company  Y��a.r.  R. C. Campbell-Johnston, of Nelson,  has gone again to England. He has  the Bondholder on the string.  On the Vancouver group, 18 inches of  clean ore has been struck in the raise  between the Nos. 1 and 2 tunnels.   ���"  Forty tons of ore went out from the  Vancouver group since the first of the  month, and'20 from the Wakefield.  Pat Noonan and Norman Sylvester  have leased the Get There Eli group.  on Twelve Mile, from Billy Harrington.  Asmall shipment of three tons was  sent out by the Fidelity last week to  Trail smelter. This property adjoins  the Bosun.  The owners of the Maboii. above the  big Enterprise mine, will cou-tniencc-:  work on the claim at once. There is a  good camp on the property.  Trail smelter is to close down for a  few days to await the accumulations of  Rossland ores, the C & W. being unable  to bring it down fast enough.  Several offers to bond the Hartney  group, on Silver mountain, have been  declined during the past two weeks, the  figures offered being too small.  Mine-owners on the lake must place  their ores on the boat at their own expense, as the C.P.R. has no facilities for  handling cars at any of the ports.  G. H. Dawson, manager of the Edinburgh group, on'Four Mile, will winter  on the coast. He will resume operations on the property in the spring, and  will erect a permanent camp.  The Dalhousie group, on Ten Mile,will  be worked for a while after the snow-  slide season is past. Drifting will be  continued in the tunnel on the little  lead, which is in 70 feet. This shows  good ore and assavs well.  WORKING    BOND     DKCLINKD.  E. Shannon and A. McGillivray, the  principal owners of the Neepawa group,  on Ten Mile, havej refused a working  bond of $40,000 on the property. The  group is located   to the west of the  big  Enterprise mine, and takes in almost all  the ground .from the creek to the summit. There is a big vein on the group,  which has been exposed on each of the  claims. Two years ago, Dr. Bell Irving,  of Vancouver, secured the propenty  under bond for his Scotch syndicate, now  operating the Comstock, on Four Mile.  A ten per cent, payment was made, commodious buildings erected, trails built,  and several hundred feet of tunneling  driven. At one time there was three  feet of clean ore exposed, from which  good assays were obtained. The bond  was afterwards thrown up. However,  the Neepawa is looked upon as one of  the most promising properties on Ten  Mile. - ���"���'-,-  HEAL ON THE GAIKNA FARM.  One of the most prominent claims on  the Galena farm, just below Silverton,  the Noonday, has been leased by its  owners, with the privilege of a bond.  The owners are C. McNicholl, T. Duffy,  G. Spencer and V. C Raekliff, and they  have disposed of the property to J..M.  M. Benedum and Stewart Bros. The  lessees secure the claim to Sept. 1, giving the owners 15 per cent, of the'ore  shinped. On that date, by the payment  of a certain sum, they secure a bond for  835.000. The Noonday has a fine ledge  20 feet in width, showing considerable  galena. It has had a great deal of surface work done, mainly exploiting for  the vein, which is now traced in place.  The Noonday adjoins the Currie group,  or Galena Mines.  The directors'   report   of   the  Ruth  Mines for the year ending June 30 last,  presented to the first annual  meeting  held in London on the 30th tilt., states  that in the circular to the shareholders,  dated the 18th of February last, reference was made to the ore having been  cut off in two of the levels  by .a "'slip"  in the formation.   Subsequent working  proved that the '"slip" extended nearly  to the surface, and thus cut off the ore  in all three of the upper levels.    It i.s  probable   that   it   also extends downwards, and   that   it   will   be again encountered .in  No. 1, when that tunnel  has been driven siilfieiently far.   In the  same circular   it   wras announced  that  there had been discovered beyond this  "slip" a strong vein carrying both clean  galena   and concentrating   ore.    This  vein was, however, cut off  in its tun  by another "slip,"   and   tunnel No   2  was driven   ahead   in the direction of  tlic main strike of the vein, so as to pass  through the broken or faulted ground  as   quickly   as possible.    This   tunnel  has now got into settled formation, and  cross-cuts are being run at right angles  to its course.    The latest news shows  that the ground looks very favorable,  and the   directors hope that the  vein  .will be recovered before very long.  Development work is iiow being  actively pushed in other parts of the  mine, but it was, unfortunately, brought  to a standstill for two months through  the irruption of a large volume of water  in tunnel No: 2 This water, with, a  flow of some 75 or 80 cubic feet per  minute, poured down through all the  workings, and all energy was concentrated upon the work of getting the  water out of the mine. As there appeared to be a prospect of securing a  supply of water which would furnish  power as well as the quantity required  for concentrating purposes,  it was de-  the shaft, proving  towards tlie lake,  ore   reserves are  Tins   Man    Has   Wheels.  Sam. Brown came down from Glenora  iii November and spent Nmas with  his friends in San Francisco He will  spend next summer in the Atlin camp.  By the recent change of the Great  Northern time table,' passengers for  Kootenay are rushed from the east 20  hours earlier than the former order of  things permitted.  Next Sunday morning at 11 and in  the evening at 7:30, a union service will  he held in the Bosun Hall, conducted  by Revs. Cleland and Powell. The  New Denver orchestra will assist.  Gold Commissioner Sibhald, of Revelstoke. has received ati intimation from  the Government that his resignation  would be acceptable, to take effect on  the 15th. H. N. Coursier is after the  job.  The Northern Pacific Railway has met  the cut made to Kootenay points from  Victoria by the Canadian Pacific Railway, and on Tuesday morning all passenger rates to Kootenay points were  reduced $2.50. This will bring the rate  from Victoria to the same as that from  Vancouver, New Westminster, Seattle or  Tacoma.  The three-cent stamp being no longer  required there will be no more issues  of it after the present supply is exhausted. The color of the domestic postage  stamp, according to the suggestion of  the postal union, being red, it will be  necessary when the supply of the ordinary two-cent stamp, which is green, is  exhausted to change the color to that of  the three-cent domestic stamps.  A change was made in the running  time between here and Nelson on  Thursday last. The train for Slocan  City leaves Nelson at 6:30, connecting  with the steamer Slocan, which leaves  that place 4t-8:30. Returning the boat  leaves Rosebery at the usuaf time No  change is made on the N.&S 'Railway,1  except that the morning train leaves  Sandon later. The Slocan will make  but one rourfd trip per day.  BOUND    THK    HUB.  The Nelson Tribune is now issued as a  daily.  kicking  for better  East Kootenay is  mail service.  E. Parris & Co.,  of Slocan  City,  are,  opening a branch in Niagara.  The payroll on the Robson & Pen tic-  ton Railway is about$125,000 permonth.  The residence of A. Johnson, Arrowhead, was burned to the ground, on  Wednesday.  Huge quantities of freight are coming  into the district by way of the Crow s  Nest Railway.  ��� The Dominion Express Company has  opened offices at all the stations on the  line of the Crow*s Nest Pass road.  An eastern syndicate has acquired the  Williams and Bell & Duncan stage lines,  operation in the Boundary country.  Gold Commissioner Turner, of Nelson,  is still minus his $1,000 cheque lost iu  the mail to Winnipeg some time ago.  A Toronto syndicate has purchased  the townsite of Upper Grand Forks, one  and one-half miles from Grand Forks,  for $70,000.  The C P.R. i.s accepting telegrams to  Cranbrook and other   East  Kootenav  In a recent issue the Toronto Mail  and Empire contained a special dispatch  from Ottawa, announcing that Thos.  MacFarlane, chief analyst of the inland  revenue department, has just returned  to the capital very enthusiastic after  inspecting " the smelting works at  Revelstoke, Rossland, Northport, Nelson, Kaslo, Sandon and Nakusp, at  which gold-bearing ores are treated."  There should be a royal commission  appointed to enquire into Mr. Mac Far-  lane's sanity, as he has without doubt a  revolving sphere in his cranium. At  the same time the horse editor of the  Empire should be immersed in the overwhelming flood of the Don, until such  times as 'he becomes sufficiently educated to treat B.C. topics  Milking    a    Good    Record.  The Marion, on Silver mountain, is  making a splendid record, and one that  will assist the town largely. Ten men  are working on the property aud ore is  being taken out of both tunnels. Tie  chute on each vein varies from two to  1.0 inches, but sufficient ore has been  taken out to pay all expenses to date,  including the ' building of the cam]).  Ore is being rawhided daily to the  C P.R. wharf, and there yet remains 150  sacks to be brought down.  cided to postpone" the erection of a  plant for a few months. A grant of this  water has now been obtained, and the  concentrator will be erected as soon as  possible to treat the lar��re quantity of  concentrating ore which is already  mined, and "which will yield a large  profit.  It has been decided to suspend the  extraction of ore from the mine pending  the erection of the concentrating plant,  as the profits per ton of ore taken from  the mine will be increased thereby. Tn  the event, however, of the development  work opening up large bodies of clean  galena, which could be cheaply mined  and sent to the smelters, prior to the  erection of the concentrator, ore shipments will be resumed. A new ledge  has been discovered on the Aurora  claim, and ore taken therefrom assayed  288 oz. of .silver to the ton. Development work is being vigorously pushed  on this claim, and the results will be  awaited with interest. It will be remembered that the property owned by  this company comprises no less than  210 acres,and only a fraction of the area  has been explored.  The chairman has recently returned  from British  Columbia, where he  paid  several visits to thecoinpany'sproperty,  and reports that everything is working  soomthly aud well, and at the meeting  he will be glad to  furnish full informa- j  tion   on   any   point.     During   the   12 j  months under review 0,07-1 tons of ore, I  carrying   both   silver and  lead,   were!  shipped to the .smelters,  and the operations of the company  have resulted in  a net profit of ��27,934  An interim dividend of 3s. per share  was paid in February last, and the  directors now recommend the payment  of a final dividend of Is. d., making a  total dividend of 4s and nd per share  for the year. This will absorb ��23,120,  and leave a balance of ��4,814 to be  carried forward.  Early Saturday morning the workmen  in the No. 2 tunnel of the Bosun broke  into the big  ore  chute  tapped* by  the  No. 1 shaft.   The ledge suddenly gave  way to nine i inches of the fittest steel  galena, almost entirely free from zinc,  and  giving assays of splendid value.  | This   proves   the   chute   at  a  vertical  ! depth of about 200 feet and of great  width, as the breast of the tunnel is 70  feet front the line  of  that the ore bulges  By this   strike   the  largely increased and the value of, the  property    correspondingly     inhenced.  All the main workings are in good shipping ore.    Work has been commenced  again on the No. 2 shaft and bedrock is  expected in 15 feet.    The management  is considering the advisability of commencing a long tunnel  from the lake  level, and thus'brin"' the ore out to the  wharf    from   the   upper   workings in  course of time.    It will take four years  years to  work  out  the   ground to the  lake level before sinking"will.be necessary.    Two car loads of ore were shipped   this   week,   and   more   is   being  sacked for shipment.  Details of the annual meeting of the  Northwest Mining Syndicate, held in  London, are to hand, and will be given  fully next week. Everything passed off  in ah encouraging manner, the speeches  predicting great things for the future  and confidence in MaYiager Sandiford.  An idea of the worth of the Bosun was  given by the chairman, who stated  that the mine during September and  October had paid its own expenses and  given the company ��2.000 profit. November and December would do likewise. No dividend was declared, and  profits will be permitted to accumulate  for an expansion of operations in the  district The report has made a wonderful aud lasting impression in London.  OPKNINO    OF    LKGISLATUUE,  Full Text  of tho   "-.ieutenant-Grovemor's  Speech From the Throne.  UOUXDAKY.  Outlook   is    Brighte  points.    The rate   from   Nelson   is 25  cents for 10 words.  The northeast arm of Arrow lake is  frozen over, ancl the str. Lardeau is  tied up. Passengers and mail for Trout  Lake go in over the ice.  The C.P. R. Telegraph Co. will trans  mit money from the principal Kootenay  points   to all   of the   most   important  offices in Canada and the United States.  Capt. Seatony of the str. Lardeau, had  a narrow escape from drowning on  Wednesday by falling through the ice  on the northeast arm.' He was rescued  by G. Wilson, of Trail.-  During the past year there were registered   at. Nelson   Registrv   office 78  sawmill  that the  is most  .Hill Bros., operating the big  at the head of the lake, state.  building outlook for the spring  eneouraging, and considerable brighter  than last season. Thev have gotten out  1,000,000 feet of logs "this winter, and  will commence cutting lumber early.  They look upon the Rosebery sampler  as fin assured (act. The demand for  lumber from the mines is increasing".  Convention    Improves.  Work is being continued on the Convention, on Silver mountain, and, the  property coritinues;to steadily improve  The.paystreak holds its -own -.well and  the grade is ,'high^ No word has vet  been received from the'parties' seeking  to purchase, but the report has. been  sent in, arid a sale is expected.  John Y. Cole has just bonded the  Lexington group of three claims, near  the Knob Hill. The bond was given by  John Dempsey, the locator of the group.  Geo. P>. McAulay, of the famous Cariboo mine at Camp McKinney, has purchased the well-known Big Copper mine  in Copper camp, some 12 mines from  Grand Forks. The price paid for this  property was $50,000 in cash. This is  the largest strictly cash deal ever effected in Boundary or Kettle River districts  The Grand Forks syndicate have  bonded the Little Minnie group of  claims, on Pathfinder mountain. This  group comprises the Little Minnie, Der-  vinton and Gold Nuggett.  A strike of considerable importance  has just been made on the May Queen  property, on Hardy uiountain. In the  main shaft an ore chute was encountered  which, on being crosscut, proved to be  four feet in thickness.  The B.C. mine, in Summit camp, owned by W Harrison,' has been sold to the  Montreal Gold Fields, Limited, for $300,-  000, one-sixth of. which was .paid.by the  Bank of Montreal, at Rossland, on Tuesday.  _2   The two-cent letter rate applies to  Canada, United States, Great Britain  and a majority of the colonies, including  Jamaica. .     ���     ���  Last Thursday the Provincial. Legislature opened at Victoria, with all the  usual ceremonies. There were four  absentees, ex-Premier Turner being  among the number. Thomas Forster  was elected speaker, on motion of  Messrs. Kellie aud Baker. A. Henderson, member for New Westminster,who  was elected as an independent, flopped  over to the Government support, giving  them a clear lead over all factions.  Following is the speech front the throne:  Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen of the  Legislative Assembly: In meeting you  at tne opening of the first- session of the  eighth parliament of British Columbia  it is gratifying to tne to be able to congratulate you on the prosperity which  has been enjoyed uuriug the past year,  and on the prospects for the one on  which we are now entering.  in nearly all the leading industries of  the Province growth and improved conditions are to be observed. The output  of the coal mines has largely exceeded  that of previous years, and is likely to  continue to increase. The development  of quartz mines, especially of those in  the Kootenay, has been most satisfactory, while a like activity to that whicli  has occurred tliere, it seems probable,  may soon be witnessed in the Boundary  Creek district, when, by the completion  of the railway now in process of construction, the immense" bodies of ore  known to exist there can be properly  developed.  On the west coast of the mainland and  on the island there is also every probability of considerable mining development shortly taking place. J'here isalso  likely to be a large increase within the  present year in placer and hydraulic  mining. Already sotnelarge enterprises  of this character have been put in successful operation in Cariboo aud upon a  smaller scale in the Oinineca districts  while the recent discoveries at Atlin lake  have disclosed deposits of auriferous  gravel rich iu quality and spread over  a large area.  In anticipation of an influx of population into this region my Government  has already taken steps for the proper  adminstration of the district. In order  to conserve the natural wealth in these  gold gravels for the benefit of Canadian  miners and Canadian traders, a bill will  be laid before you prohibiting the  acquisition of placer claims by aliens.  After some years of depression, the  prove as prolific and profitable to those  engaged in them as they have been in  previous years  it is with pleasure that I can refer to  the general improvement >rhich has  taken place in the condition of our  agricultural community. With abundant crops and an ever expanding home  market, there is little doubt that in the  future, agricultural pursuits will contribute much more largely than heretofore  to the wealth of the Province.  A great calamity visited the city of  New Westminster in the disastrous conflagration of ��� September laat. But the,  energies and courage of her citizens rose  ro the emergency, and, encouraged by  the sympathy and material assistance of  people of all' parts of Canada the\r put  forth such efforts as have already* caused  the city to rise from its ashes. You will  be asked to pass legislation to put the  civic finances on such a stable basis as  will maintain the high reputation of the  royal city.  'With a view to remove the existing  inequalities in the present system of  taxation, measures will be submitted to  you for remission of that part of the tax  of personal property commonly known  as the mortgage tax, and for the repeal  of the law requiring men working in  mines for wages to" hold a free miner's  certificate. <> '..,'*  Realizing the-advantages to be derived from an absolute security in the  titles to land, and from an easy"and inexpensive system of transfers of real  estate titles," my Government will lay  before you a bill to introduce into this  Province -what is known as the Torreus,  system of registration under such arrangements as will make its adoption  both convenient and advantageous to  the owners of property.  In order to open up the public domain for settlement, while securing to  the Province the full benefit which it  would derive from such a valuable asset,  you will be asked to sanction certain  changes in the land act  For the better protection of .miners in  coal mines a bill will be laid before you  prohibiting the employment under  ground of -Japanese in these* urines;  A bill providing for the inspection .  stationary boilers will also   "be   introduced.  You will be asked to consider a  measure designed to afford to prospectors on lands within the boundaries of  the grants to'railway companies the ���  same freedom to prospect for the precious metals as is accorded to them on  crown lands  Bills will be introduced amending the  supreme court act, the Provincial elections act, and the act regulating the  issuance of liquor licenses, with the aim  of bringing' legislation regarding these  matters into harmony with the present  conditions of the Province.  My Government has given much consideration,to the present financial position of the Province, and to the means  by which important public works can  lie carried out without imposing undue  burdens on the tax payers, and you  will be asked to pass legislation to provide for the deficit in the revenue for the  last two years and for obligations incurred under the authority of acts already  on the statute books. "Also to authorize  certain lchanges in the methods of dealing with the Provincial debt and in the  management of finances, whereby it is  anticipated that both 'the credit of the  Province will be enhanced and important economies be effected.  The estimates of revenue and expenditure for the ensuing fiscal .year will  shortly be laid before you and will show  that they have been framed with a view-  to economy, whilst providing- liberally  for the necessary public services..  I now leave you to your deliberations,  believing that under the direction of a  divine providence, tlie' result of your  labors will be conducive totlte-interests  of the Province and to the welfare and  happiness of its people.  F1KST    SALE    IN    N'E'ff    YEAR.  outlook for the lumbering industry appears more favorable, wiiile the enterprise of those engaged in it, has opened  new and large markets for th�� products  of.our forests. I regret that the past  season has not been a good one for the  salmon canning industry on the Fraser  river, owing to a combination of adverse  circumstances, but since our ocean  wealth is "so great, I can 'but hope that  our fisheries may, in the ensuing season,  E. Shannon claims to have made the  first sale in the new year, and the starter  of many transactions that will take  place on Silver mountain. On Thursday he disposed of an eighth interest in  tbe Hartney group to A. jacobson, of  tlie St. James' Hotel, for $1,000 cash.  There are two claims in the group, and  a>e located below the Marion ground.  The same lead has been exposed from  the Marion to the Hartney. A cabin  was erected on tbe property late in the  fall and a tunnel has been driven over  50 feet, exposing a three-foot.ledge, well  mineralized, and three inches of clean  ore on one wall. Mr. Jacobson has  made an excellent and valuable purchase.  The Whitewater Hotel Co.;has closed  its hotel.  All through traffic for Rossland,'Nelson and other southern points-from the  main line of the C.P.R.|.-comes through  here now. Thi*s will .continue till  spring, and is due to the freezing of the  Narrows below Nakusp. THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.U., JANUARY 12, 1899.  Sixth Year  The Ledge.  Published every Thursday.  R. T.  LOWERY, Editor and Financier.  SUBSCRIPTION KATES:  Three months ���..'. *���? .75  Six " l.2h  Twelve  "  -'-��0  Three vkars  .->.()0  Transient Advertising, 25 cents per line first in  sertion, 10 cents i*r line sulisequeiit insertions  nonpareil measurement.  TO CONTRIBUTORS.  C jrrespondenc-e from every part of the Kootenay  District and communications upon live topics  always acceptable. .Write on both sides of the  ,. pa;-er if you wish. Always send something good  no matter how crude. Get your copy in while it  is hot. and we will do the rest.  A pencil cross m this square.  indicates that your subscription is due, and that the editor  wishes once again to look at  your collateral.  rBU-KSDA Y, ��� JANUARY 12-1899.  I.E.UIST.ATUKJ-:    OONVESEO.  Contrary to the expectations and  assertions of the Opposition, the Semlin Government has safely passed  through the trying ordeal of meeting  the House tor the first time. Not  only have they done so with credit to  themselves, but have also elected a  Speaker, leaving them, still with a  majority strong enough to carry on  the legitimate business of the Province. Hon. Mr. Higgios did not  get the Speakership, the choice falling on Air. Forster, member for  Delta. In his hands the decorum of  the House wili be maintained, and  his knowledge of general routine and  parliamentary practice will remove  the danger of confusion and disorder.  Mr. Henderson, member for New  Westminster, has thrown in his support with the Government, thus enabling them to keep the Opposition  within bounds. At the same time, it  bears out the contentions of the new  administration that they would have  a safe majority when the House met.  AH hopes for an early overthrow of  Mr. Semlin are now blasted, as he is  sate tor some- years to come.  In the Speech from the Throne,  every promise made by the Government has been provided for and  legislation is foreshadowed and outlined that will prove of inestimable  benefit to the people. Passing over  the grounds tor congratulation in the  continued expansion of the precious  be thankful for the outlook before it, j session closes, when the pending peti-  and the Government cannot do other- j tions will be tried. The Opposition  wise than work out the interests of the I termed this movement as illegal and  people in the best manner possible,  far removed from scandal and effectual in their aims and objects.  subversive to good government.  i Says the Toronto Telegram: "Brit-  | ish Columbia is at last fortunate in  j the possession'of a Government which    j believes that it is better politics to  Trade journals report the astonish-j serve the people   than to fool them.  IT    PAYS    TO    AIJVEKTISK.  ing fact that since Christmas there  have been 10 failures in New York  reported ot concerns that made a  specialty of goods intended for holiday presents. Some of these concerns  carried large stocks, and were entitled to the designation "big." In  one or two instances the stocks were  valued at more than $250,000. The  noticeable thing about each of the  collapsed concerns is that it did not  advertise in the newspapers. The  stores that did advertise were crowded with customers from the commencement of ��tiie holiday season to  the hour of closing the night before  Christmas. They ' all report the  greatest  holiday  business in years.  The speech of Attorney-General Martin at Alberni gives strong reason to  hope that the day is done when  dominant politicians on the Pacific  coast hold the resources of their Province as a grab bag into which every  greedy promoter can thrust his hand,"  The Nelson Tribune last week  honored The Ledge by selecting  numerous items from its columns and  reproducing them in its own, though  forgetting to state their origin. The  Rossland Miner selects the same and  gives-1 credit to the Tribune. The  Spokane Review, the Vancouver  papers and several weekly, journals  also go in for the same thing. New  There is a lesson in this to Kootenay i Denver's leading paper is entirely  merchants. It always pays to ad- i overlooked in the shuffle. It is a  vertise, no matter how small one's i mighty hard deal, with silver so low,  business may be. The locality may j for a fellow to have to edit his own  be sparsely settled and depression j sheet, let alone providing the main  may obtain,   but it gives confidence | support to the entire country.  when an ad-  inetals and coal industries, as well as  that of lumber and agriculture, the  statement is made that the tax on  miners working in quartz mines  will be removed, placing them on the  same footing as the coal-workers.  This is a step Hon. Mr. Cotton has  advocated for years, and it must be  a source of satisfaction to him to  realize the achievement of his labors.  Justice has at last been done the  Kootenay miner, and a check has  been given the grasping power of the  Dunsmuirs.  In debarring aliens from holding  placer mines, the Government is but  conserving to the people the riches of  their own country. This step is  taken more to protect the Atlin gold  discoveries. The enactment of legislation preventing Japanese from  working underground will hit the  Dunsmuirs hard, but it is a movement for the safety and protection of  all white miners. It is not coercive  to the Japs as citizens; but it isnotori.  ous that they, as well as the Chinese,  are careless fn their habits underground, thereby imperilling the lives  of themselves and hundreds of their  white fellows. Mining is at all times  dangerous, and the lives of our toilers  cannot be too safely guarded. The  adoption of the Torrens system of  land registration will also act beneficially to the Province. Success has  attended its working in the Antipodes and much is hoped for the  system in British Columbia.  More liberal land laws and thesafe-  and commands respect  vertisement is carried 'prominently  before the public. Modern businesa  education lays down the cardinal  principle of success through tbe liber  al use of printer's ink, and the marvel  is that there should be 'metropolitan  firms seeking to do business inopposi.  tion to this well-established practice:  No money is wasted which is expended through tlie columns of a paper, but  the urgency of the situation likewise  comminds that the advertiser should  make known his capacities is bright,  cheerful and fresh language. Ads.  that are permitted to remain in a  paper month in and month out are a  detriment rather than a help. True  business demands as careful attention  being paid to one's standing in the  the local paper as to customer from  behind the counter.  Those who would avert disaster  and court success will bear the calamity of the New Yorkers in mind, and  turn it to practical use for themselves.  SCRAPS FROM THE  EDITOK'S DESK  Mr. Sword,   the defeated Government candidate   in   Cowichan,   has  It is a source of satisfaction to  know that bona lide sampling works  are to be established at Rosebery, as  the real estate bluff' worked last  spring did much harm. The works  at Kaslo also have not proven a success, so that the plant to be installed  by Mr. McDowell has to live down  considerable prejudice. , To New  Denver the successful operation of  the sampler means much, particularly to the local branch ot the Bank ot  Montreal. Mr. McDowell's operations  will put in circulation an immense  sum of money monthly, and much of  this will find lodgment here, as payments for ore will be made at the  Bank of Montreal. The material  advantage to small shippers will also  be great, enabling the. owners to  secure cash at once for their ore.  Round this town are a number of  promising prospects, and anything  done to benefit them helps out this  place just so much. In this age of  small beginnings and mammoth developments, no chance for making a  hit should be overlooked by the  citizens.  The railway situation in the south-  resumed his civil service duties, as if! eastern portion of British Columbia is  nothing had happened.  To the outside world, and West  ootenay in particular, the announcement is again made that New Denver  purposes celebrating the Queen's  birthday, on May 24, 1899, commencing at daybreak.  approaching an acute focus, for the  Great Northern Railway, supported  by other American roads, is determined to divide the traffic, present  and future, with the C.P.R. Victoria  and Ottawa will experience some  heavy lobbying, and it is to the interests of the Province to see contpeti-  -n    .. ,   . , tion permitted.   In this section, there  For the space of at least two  .   ���   *  .       , .  is certain to be interesting developments sooner or later, for Jim Hill  wants a portion of the lake trade.  The tonnage of ore is rapidly increasing and he knows it. To capture his  j share he will have to extend his  When the waves of prosperity begin j jerk-water road from Sandon, and the  momen the commences construction  the C. P. R. will head him off from  Rosebery. New Denver and her  sister towns on the lake have no ob-  Lost  years past, one Hewett Bostock, said  to haye been elected member of parliament for the Yale-Cariboo district.  Finder will kindly notify his Kootenay constituents.  When the wa\  to beat against this section of country  in the spring, the citizens of New  Denver should get in and rustle for  the wagon road up Silver mountain.  A little preliminary skirmishing at  Victoria might prove of material advantage at the present time.  W. G. Neilson, member for North  East Kootenay, died on Friday at his  home in Ramsay, Ont., of congestion  of the lungs. Deceased was a highly  espected resident of the district. He  was elected at the general election as  an independent Turner supporter.  The vacancy will undoubtedly be  filled bv a Semlin man.  jection to this competition, as it means  to them considerably cheaper rates.  An opportunity is here  presented for  Baftai^toJTfJfcJ  ^fftni muifc iJffTrtiilll  oetreal  Established 1817.  Capital (all paid up) $12,000,000.00  Reserved fund : : 6,000,000.00  Undivided profits :    :     981,328.04  HEAP    OFFICE,   MOSXKEAt.  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  E. PITT, Manager  jvRvvjtiKX ^vit^<sB,^^^ri^a^Ka'^ar,wa^ix^ixy,ti^taxi.i%i\\ iwn ^>^Maw'-vu^��ji'��nBBan5BfMr  the townspeople to get in and induce  Hill to make New Denver his chief  point for handling the lake business.  With two railways right in the town,  .-ind other improvements following in  the wake, greater population and  prosperity would ensure, and the  Lucerne of the west become,a city of  large dimensions.  F. Pyman has again commenced to do  business in New Denver. Bring your  watches to him when they are out of  order.  S. RASHDALL.  Xotarv I'lihlic.  A. E. FAUQUIER.  RASHDALL & FAUQUIER  MINES & REAL ESTATE.  NEW DENVER, B.C.  MINIXO INTERESTS BOUGHT,  SOLD   axi> WINDED.  ���INVITED���  . Abstracts of Title to mineral claims.  CORRES POND ENCE  OTEL SANDON,  Indigestion.  C-.  F. NELSON,  A-iont  DRUGGIST ami STATIONER.  New Denver.  F. E. MORRISON, dds.  DENTIST  Crown, l'l.-ttu und Bridge work.  Office, Broken Hill H-lk.   Nelson.  very-  ^ ^  ?i  ^"^fT'ST"   ~"\: ^^^  Sandon, B.C.  T���S NEW HOUSE,  with the old name, is  well  equipped  to  accommodate a large  number of Guests.      Tlie building is plastered  and the rooms are  unsurpassed  for comfort in.  the Slocan, Avhile in  the Dining Room can be  found the best food in the market.   Robert Cunning, Proprietor.  The Clifton House,  Sandon.  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.  John Buckley, Prop-  Pi rst=class  When I buv irom r,he  manufacturers Staple  and, Fancy Groceries  1 make it a point to  get the very best in  all lines, My stock  of Cured Meats is the  best in the market;  Iia ras, sweet and juicy  as can be bought;  Bacon that is evenly  stripped with fat and  lean and just hits the  finest taste.  Travelers  Will tind the  Arlington Hotel  a pleasant place to stop at when in  SI ean City.  GETH1XG & HENDERSON, Proprietors.  LoCASTO,  Provides Ladies or  Gentlemen with  W  , S. Drewry  Kaslo, B.C.  H. T. Twigg  New Denver, B.C.  The  Hair  Cutter  DREWRY & TWIGG  Dominion and Provincial Land Surveyors.  Civil and Mining Engineers.  Bedford, McNeil Code.  43TRaslidall & Fauquier, Agents.  D  R. A. S. MARS  ,L  Dentist.  Kaslo, B C  Graduate of American College of Dental Surgery  Chicago   .  G"���  IM k JOHN SOX.  i.McGill)  Mining Engineers  & Analy-Chemists.  Slocan City,    B C  Premier   Laurier   purposes   to  coerce the  Conservative Senate in to  isn't necessary  guarding- of public domains from! doing his commands bv turning the  speculative agencies will meet with i forces ot his Liberal Commons against  universal approval. The intention j them, aud by a joint ballot outvote  also to give the prospector lull right, his peers. This is to be done only in  to prospect and hold claims within i case of conflict, where the Senate re-j  the limits of railway grants is turn-! fuses to pass legislation advanced!  ishing a remedy  to  a long-existing i from the Lower House.    The threat is i  evil. The resources of Vancouver  Island have lain undeveloped, chiefly  through the need of such legislation.  This, too, will be a heavy blow to the  Dunsmuirs; in fact, the days of their  monopoly are about ended in this  province.  Economies of an extensive nature  are promised in provincial finances,as  the need is emphasized of meeting  the heavy deficits of the past two  vears. Public works will be looked  after, but in such a manner as to give  justice to the sections supplying the  bulk of the revenues. Improvements  in the elections act and several other  statutes are to be brought in, affording the legislators full scope for their  abilities and a chance to earn their  money rather than to kill time. Al  together the province  has reason to  meeting with  protests.  a storm  of indignant  To draw your attention to our store.  Good goods are the  best magnet we  can get���good  enough for us and  ought to satisfy  you-but it requires  something more  than this to convince you that you  can spare a few  dollars even in  these hard times  for a piece of Furniture that would  be a comfort to the  home. We don't  expect to interest  you in these col-  every week, but  every week we intend to try ���we  call your attention  to a new line of  cheap���but handsome���Rockers just  in from Berlin, Ont  The Government scored their first  victory on Friday by defeating an  Opposition amendment to the elections  petition act by a vole of 19 to 13.  Hon. Mr. Martin introduced the bill,  which is to ensure Messrs. Deane and j ���������"��������>.�����"   undertakers and Kmbaimers.  n . .,     . .       ,..,,        r. ., N. B.���We have the only practical Undertaker  Prentice    their    Seats    till    after    the ��� and Emlialmer doing business iii the Slocan.  WANTED.  Industrious man of  character to travel aiidiap-  point agents.   Salary and expenses paid.  BRADLEY-G ���'VRRETSON COMPANY,Limited  Toronto.  J. M. M. BENEDUM,  Silverton.  Last year was a wonderful one for  the development of the mineral resources of the Province, vast increases  being noted in each and every sec  tion. Coal, tot), increased tremendously over 1897, there being an  excess for 1898 of upwards of 400,000  tons. It is estimated that the total  mineral output of the Province for the  past year was $13,000,000, the Slocan ���  contributing almost one-third. ;  I have been appointed  agent tor the Lethbriclge Coal Co., and  will sell their'products  at   reasonable   prices.  i.   /TL��  SANDON.  [1JOWARD WEST,  Assoc. R S M. London, F.ng  MINING ENGINEER,  ANALYTICAL CHEMIST,  Ot ASSAYER.  I'rojxjrties   examined    and   reported   un   for   n  tending purchiisers.  Assay office and Chemical   Laboratory.  Belle  vue. avo.. New Denver, BC.  ^ L. GRIMMETT, L.L.B.  BARRISTER,  Solicitor, Notary Public, Etc.  Sandon, B. C.  Hot  or Cold  P>2.tllS Everything First-Class  Tin ported and Domestic. Cigars, Etc.  Newmarket Block,  New Denver.  Fifty=two  Weeks with  God  A fascinating study of tlie  International Sunday School  Lessons for LSitii, now ready,  N'o Christian, especially 'a  Clergyman or Teacher.should.  be without it. Beautifully  bound in cloth of two colors,  with stiff boards. Price.only  <M> cents. Strongly recommended by leading Clergymen, un sale by all book-  sellers,orscnt postpaid on the  price by,  BRADLEY-GARRETSON CO.. Limited,  Publishers,  Toronto Canada.  J. H. MILLWARD,  "��    G. FAUQUIER.  NOTARY PUBLIC.  .Nakusp. B.C.  I  igrignon  NEW DENVER  j       THE MINERS EXCHANGE.  Three Forks, E. C. Weaver  WALKER & BAKER,  New   Furniture Dealers and Repairers  Dealer in HAY, GRAIN,  ICE, WOOD, Etc  Livery and Feed Stables, General  Dcaying-. 1 earns meet all boats and  Trains.  ���J  Insurance  *"'- General (Jommissson  Agents.  XlCW OKNVICR. B. C ���  II  ainter  and,  Writer  NEW DENVER.  C. HARRI  NEW DENVER  General Drayman, Ice,  9  Ice Houses  Hay and Grain for Sale.  Filled.  Livery  and  Bait Stables. Sixth Year.  THE LEDttE, NEW DENVER, B.C., JANUARY 12. 1899.  "MX   MA,   SHJS   KNOWS.  Mv Pa, he scolds me jes' becuz  He sa3rs I'm gettin' "tough" ;  lie says my face is never clean,  My hands are always rough ;  I'ni not behavin' like I should,  An'goin'wrong, I'spose,  But Ma, she takes an' pats my hand  An' smiles, becuz she knows !  Mv Pa ain't got no use for boys,  He wants 'em always men ;  I wonder if he's clean forgot,  The hoy he must 'a been ;  Ter Ma, she says they're all alike  'Bout face aii" hands an'clothes,  An' says I'll learn to be a man ;  An' Ma. I guess she knows !  My Pa, he says I ain't no good  At doin' anything :���  I'd ruther fool away the time,  An'whistle, play an'sing;  But Ma, she smiles, an' sajs I'm young,  An' then she up an' goes  An' kisses me an' shows ine how ;  For Ma, you bet, she knows !  My t-a he s:iys I'll never be  A business man like him,  Becuz,I hain't got any ' 'drive,*'  An' -'get up,''"pluck" and "vim."  But; Ma. she says so solemn like,  A man's a boy that grows,  An' boys must have their play in'spell;  An' Ma's a trump, an' knows !  Uy Pa, he shakes his head an' sighs,  An' says he doesn't see  Where I get all the careless ways  That seems jes' born in,ine ;  An' Ma, she laughs, an' laughs, an' laughs,  Till Pa's face crimson grows,  An'then she says, ���' 'Tis very queer;"'  But somehow, Ma, she knows!  My Ma, she knows most everything  'Bout lioys an' what; they like ;  )>he's ncer scoldin' 'bout the muss  Intake with kites and bike ;  She says she wants me to be good,  An' conquer nil my foes,  An' you jes' bet. I'm goin' to be.     "  'Cuss my sweet Ma,"she knows !  ��� Birch  Arnold.  SLOCAN   mciUM.  Bound less  AVcaltl)  .Stored  Mountains.  in   its Mighty  P. A. 0'Farrell,in a recent issue of the  Toronto Globe, contributes an excellent  resume of the prospects and wealth of  the various camps of southern British  Columbia,' yielding to the Slocan the  place for greatest ricltes :  Kaslo seems  to me  to be  tlie  least  affected   by   the.   wave   of   prosperity  sweeping over  the   Kootenaya.    Things  look slow in tho  city  by  the lake, and  there  are   numerous   idle   stores   and  vacant   houses   and   lots.    One   misses  the elation, pride  and buoyancy visible j  on    tho    countenances   of   every   -man  and   woman  that you    meet  in   Rossland.   And   yet    Kaslo . is   a   thriving  hamlet of 1,500 people.   Here are good  hotels, line  stores,  neat cottages,  large  churches'   and   apparently   comfortable  and happy homes, and a city   with telephone, electric  lighting and fire departments.    It is an up-to-date  place,   but  it. lacks  the  push,  the energy,  the vim  and  the  esprit de  corps of   Rossland,  .Sandon,  Greenwood   and other   young  cities further   west.     Perhaps   this  is  due to the  fact that it is the   most venerable of all.    It is six years  old, and  all the others are  infants in  compari-  er>n=    Seven  years   ago  the discoverers  of  the silver-lead  mines of  the Slocan  landed   here   after    a   moonlight    trip  over Kootenay  lake.    It  was  a  wilderness  then,  and   Slocan   was   unknown  to  fame.     Surely   its growth  and   the  growth of  the  Slocan  country in  that  Beven  years   is a strange and  marvellous  story  of   rapid growth    and  suddenly  acquired   wealth.     But  only   a  part of   the  marvellous  wealth  of  the  Slocan     reaches     the    outside    world  through . the gateway of Kaslo.    Slocan  has in all, three  outlets; by Nakusp up  Arrow lakes  to  the  main line of   the  Canadian   Pacific,   another   to   Nelson  from  Slocan  City    by  direct    railroad,  and   through  Kaslo  to  Nelson  or Bonner's   Ferry,   and  by Kuskonook,   the  terminus of the  Crow's  Nest Pass llail-  way on Kootenay lake.    This new line of  railroad may add to Kaslo's commercial  importance, but  its  influence is not felt  as yet. ,  I have referred so often to the wealth  of the Slocan that I must seem tiresome to go on repeating it, and yet I  have never yet been able to convey  even an idea of the boundless wealth  stored in these mountains' between  Kootenay and Slocan lakes. It surpasses the wildest imaginings of the  dreamer. It is true that that wealth is  only in lead and silver. It has not the  glitter and glamor of gold, but it is  just as substantia) and just as abiding, audi should like to have a kind  of sledge-hammer literary force to  drive lioniu the knowledge of it to the  minds of tlie people and statesmen ot  Canada.  There is hardly a guich, a creek, a  canyon or glen in the most of these  noble mountains where the American  prospector and the American miner is  not delving away for a living, a competency or a fortune, 1 know hundreds  of elegant villas and noble mansions that  have risen on the.banks of the Spokane,  built by men who found tlie treasures of  the Slocan.  You will find magnificent homes  among the orange groves of California  which have been purchased by adventurous prospectors who chanced to hunt  tor fortune in the .Slocan mountains. I  have seen the wealth of this wonderful  country making smooth the v ay to rite  United States senate. 1 have* seen it  used to purchase grand estates in old  Virginia, and yet there are Canadians  who doubt i* ! ���  Now   that   till!  Canadian  reached Kootenay  lake over  Nest   Pass,   Kaslo   folks   are  boom times with the  spring,  not at  all certain    that   it  Kaslo out.   Kaslo is  the  citv  Pacific has  the Crow's  expecting  But. I am  will help  of a rival  railroad, the Kaslo it Slocan, and this  same railroad crowd aie now building  another railroad from Kuskonook to  Bonner's Ferry. Both railroads and  the steamers plying' upon the lakes will  be owned by the Kootenay Raihvay ct  Navigation Company. This is a London  company, but that fact will not pi event  the Canadian Pacific from squeezing  them just a.3-it suits the great corporation's pleasure. Consequently, 1 do not  look for a very efficient service- from  either the boats or the railroads owned  by this company, and Kaslo to keep its  hold, must secure a branch of the Can-!  adian Pacific railroad. I  Kootenay lake ^itself is supremely j  grand. It is more extensive than the j  Slocan lake, or even both Arrow lakes,  and it has similar characteristics. Its  shores are mountains crowned with  eternal snows, bearing in their bosoms  glaciers of great extent and clothed  from shore to perennial snow with  beautiful nrimtcval forests. It is a  glorious sight to behold these forests  and  mountains now clothed  in a white  canopy of snow and ice. They seem to  me to" be even more weirdly beautiful  then when Yivified by the radiant beams  of midsummer suns. Despite Kaslo's  beautiful situation, and despite the fact  that behind are mines of fabulous wealth,  Kaslo will not attract much attention in  tbe coming year.  More than  a year ago  I made a  prolonged   sojourn   in   the    Kettle   river j  country, and I then   became profoundly |  impressed with its  magnitude and possibilities.   I examined the Republic and  then   declared   it among  the   greatest  gold mines in  the  world.    I made similar  predictions;  about   Ironsides,  Knob  Hill, Lone Star and Washington,  Stem-  winder, Brooklyn and others.    Well, the  Republic has already  filled  the mining  world   with   astonishment,   and   Knob  Hill and Ironsides will amaze the world  to-morrow.    I  say  to morrow, for even  its principal  stockholders   do   not   yet  realise   the   value of these   properties.  In a recent letter I stated  that though  the owners   claimed  the ore  will ave r-  age  $20 a ton, I  cannot believe it possible of mining higher than $10.   The  ore body, was so vast,  so immense, that  I did not believe that nature could have  ever   placed  such   stupendous  treasure  all in. one place.    Fancy a  dyke of solid  mineral 300 feet wide, which will run  five per cent, copper, and  three-fourths  of an  ounce  in gold.    An  experienced  mining man would laugh at such  a suggestion.    He will  tell  you  that such a  mine is contrary to the laws of nature  and  all  that kind of thing.    Nevertheless,  the Knob Hill  and  Ironsides vein  is 300tfeet wide, * 1,000 feet in length and  already explored to 150 feetr deep.    And  it will produce  $20 in  gold and copper  for every ton of ore mined.    Knob   Hill  and    Ironsides    doubly   discounts   the  great    Anaconda    itself.     The   ore   is  twice  as valuable   and the ore body is  twice as large.  Anaconda pays $3,000,000  yearly    in   dividends.     What  are   not  these" mines capable of doing?   Three  years  ago  Marcus  Daly,  the  principal  owner  and  manager of the Anaconda,  told  me that   he  had  spent hundreds  of thousands  hunting  for  another copper mine like  the  Anaconda,  and  the  hunt  was  in   vein.    He   told  me  then  from his experience  of  mining  no such  mine would ever be  found  again as the  Anaconda,    and   yet   Knob    Hill   and  Ironsides   and    their    extensions,   will  cast it completely in ' the shade.   They  will quarry and not  mine these Greenwood  properties,   when   they are ready,  as   they   quarry, out the  most fatuous  copper  mine on   earth,   the  Kio Tinto,  for it contains the  copper values.    But  Knob  Hill  and Ironsides  are  not only  the greatpst copper mines,  but they a,re  also the greatest gold mines on earth. D  I have no connection in any shape,  manner or form with the people that  own Knob Hill and Ironsides. 1 do not  own a share of stock in either, and I  know some peopie that do whom I do  not admire or love or like, and therefore in giving the sweeping commendation I am simply stating facts which I  trust will be utilized by those who look'  to the Globe for guidance and advice.  I heard, for instance, that some of  these people stated that 1:1. C. Bellinger  was about to take charge of tbe. buildings and operate the smelter they are  about to build to treat Knob Hill and  Tronsides ore. Such statements were  false. Mr. Bellinger is a part owner of  the Northport smelter, and under no  possibility would Mr. Clark Mackintosh  buy him out or lose his services. The  smelter site for Knob Hill has been  selected, and it ought to be in operation  by July 1st. I am told that the Canadian Pacific will build their own smelters, however, and in that case the Knob  Hill smelter will be at the mercy of  rivals. This is a point worth considering for those who are putting their  money in smelters in the Kettle river  country. F. A. Heinze had a smelter at  Trail. It was run by H. C. Bellinger,  and no better team than Heinze and  Bellinger could be got to handle a commercial enterprise. But Heinze was at  the mercy of one railroad, and he was  forced to sell, and to sacrifice.  Rossland is keeping up its great developments. TheB.A'.C. people, in developing the lower levels of the Josie,  have drifted beyond the Josie ground  and into the Annie, and are now working on tw- veins in that ground. Rich  ore, running as high as $200, has been  found, and the entire ore body will  average $50. The Annie will be another  Le Roi, for it is realty the continuation  of the Le Roi on the" west, and apparently catches all the LeRoi veins except the south, which runs into the  White;Bear.. No. 1. Josie, Annie, and  several fractional claims now form a  group owned by one London company  called the West Le Roi. It is capitalized for ��500.000, and immense success is  now assured for this company, for Josie,  Annie and No. 1 will make dividend-  pay in a* mines.  Months ago I urged the purchase of  the stock of the B itish America Corporation. Thirty days ago it was selling on the London 'market for 12s. Od.  Last Wednesday I heard it was 30s.  It will go to ��5 a share; not in a  month, perhaps, not in a year, but it  will reach that point, before many seasons. Great developments will now be  undertaken on the Le Roi, and shipments will be stopped to allow the smelter to clean it]) all the ore belonging to  the old company. Then operations Vill  be resumed on a bigger and grander  scale than ever.  Second Relief, in the Salmon river,  country, is now shipping to the North-  port smelter. This is a shipping mine  added to those of British Columbia, but.  shipping mines are becoming so common nowadays that the beginning is  hardly noticed. The Ymir mine lias its  mill nearly completed. In that mine  there tire f00-000 tons of ore blocked out  and it will average $20 a ton, and I believe it will net the company $10 a ton  above all expenses. This mine is owned in London and capitalized at ��200,-  000. It was financed in London by  the L-mdon and British Columbia Gold-  fields, and I am glad to state that the  operations of this company have been  successful. They have  25 per cent, dividend,  than earned. They bought  ie Whitewater  mine, making  ish Columbia and England what Messrs.  Gooderham and Blackstock did for it  in Canada. And I think the day is at  hand when the capital of Europe will be  seeking investment in British Columbia  mines in prefereuce to any other investment.  When  I   describe   this  northwestern  country as  the  richest gold  and silver  and  lead,  and copper   regions   on  the  globe, I  want to be always understood  that   I    am    describing    the    country ]  drained   by   the   Columbia   above   its!  junction  with   the   Snake   on   the left j  and the Okanogan on its right bank,    it j  includes an  empire and  embraces part j  of  Montana,    Idaho   and  Washington, j  as  well as British Columbia from the i  crest of the Rockies to the head waters of I  the Fraser on the coast range. I  Geographically, this vast range is one, !  though railroads and politics have tried j  to cut it piecemeal.   It was  the mining-j  men of Montana and  Idaho and Wash- I  ington that opened up the mines of  the ;  Kootenays    and   Boundary.     On    the  other hand,  one of   the   discoverers of  the Republic camp was a Canadian prospector,  and the mines of the Republic  camp to-day are largely owned in British  Columbia and in Canada.    And  the Republic camp  is opening up in  a  marvellous   manner.   I   believe   there   are  many mines  there  that will eventually  surpass the great Republic, and 1 reiterate a statement previously  made by me  that   the   Republic   camp will surpass  Cripple Creek as a gold producer.  There is another new district in Idaho,  called Buffalo  Hump,   which   will have  an immense boom  when  the summer's  sun  shall   melt   the   winter's snow.    I  have  had   facts   laid  before me about  Buffalo  Hump whicli smack of the mar- j  vellous   and  romantic,   but I  have not;  yet   had   time   to look  the field over. J  Though I am satisfied in  Buffalo Hump !  another   great   mining camp has  been j  added to the northwest.  Still I think that Canadians Will act!  wisely in confining their attentions and  investments to British Columbia. Republic is all right, and will be a great  gold producer, but I would have them  recollect that the shrewdest boomers in  the northwest are operating'there. Republic, Jim Blaine, Butte and Boston,  San Foil, Lone Pine, Mountain Lion,  Golden Harvest, Princess Maud, Iron  Monitor, Balasatno, Ben Hur, Merrimac  are, I believe, assured mines, though  i some, like the Balsamo group and Merrimac are still but bare prospects, yet  apparently great prospects. There are  other and many excellent prospects  in the camp, but there are many of the  wildcat order, handled by ;the wildcat  boomer, and of these the; public had  better beware, or they will assuredly get  bitten. "        j  NOTICE.  ^ /0/��^/��/#/��/��/8MMfe/@ /@ /��^/��/��^/��/��/��^@  The  StJames  AILWAY  LINE.  For those who want the  EASTSfSWEST  To, any point in United States or Canada  New Denver,  flas been re-opened under new management. The Dining- Room will  always be up to the market, while  the   bar   will   contain  cigars that cannot be  quality   and flavor  in  Old and  new patrons  hotel just like home.  JACOBSON  liquors   and  surpassed for  the  Slocan.  find this  &CO.  First-Class and Tourist .Slecrjcrs operated from  Ocean to Ocean.  Tickets issued and Bag-gase cheeked to destin  ation.   Xo Customs Difficulties.  will  COXXECTIO.NS  Revelstoke and main line points.  8:45kDaily: lv���DenverC. Siding���ar: Daily 15 50k  8:3.->k ex.Sundlv X. Denver Ldg: arex.Sun.i6:00k  *'*  NBLSOX, TRAIL, .HOSSLANH, ETC.  .'tjSOk ex. Sun: lv X. Denver Ldg: arex.Sun 14.00k  Ascertain rates and  full  information   hy addressing nearest local agent or���  G. B. GARRETT, Agent New Denver.  W. F.  Anderson, Trav.  Pass. Agt.. Nelson.  E. J. Coyle, Dist. Pass. Agt., Vancouver.  How to .��_-et there is via C I'. Ry & Soo Line.  TO LETTER-WRITERS  All accounts due the undersigned must  be paid by the 15th of January, otherwise they will be placed in the "hands of  an attorney for collection.  H. T. Bragdon.  HE    Postal   Authority's  advice   to   all    who  write letters is to have  the name and address  of the writer printed  upon    the    envelope.  This  saves time  and  prevents letters going  to  the    Dead   Letter  Office.      In  order to  help out the public in  this  important matter  we will print your name and address upon loti No. 7 white envelopes and mail them to any part  of Canada upon receipt of  75 CENTS.  THE LEDGE, New Denver.  [In  By using- the New Denver envelope in your  correspondence. Printed with" your name in  the return corner, and  sold  by The Ledge at  $1.00  FIRST HUNDRED,  FIFTY   CENTS   each  sequent hundred.  sub-  Call and see sample and leave your  orders.    We are printing now.  Nelson &Ft. Sheppard  Red  Mountain  RAILWAYS  The only all rail route without change  of cars between Nelson and Rossland  and Spokane and Rossland.  Direct -Route to the  Mineral District of the Col-  villo Reservation,   Nelson, Kaslo,   Kootenay  Lake and.   Slocan  Points.  DAILY   SERVICE.  Leave.  6:20 a.m.  12:05 "  8:30 a.m.  AltBlVK.  5:35 p. m  11:20a. m  3:10 p.m  make close.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS  Cornier, Sultana,  Iron Mask, Iron Mask  Fraction   and   Baltimore Fraction  Mineral   Claims.  Situate in die Sloean Mining Division of West  Kootenay District. Where, located: On  Four Mile Creek.  ���TAKE NOTICE that I,Herbert T.Twigg .agent  L for the North-West Mining* Syndicate.  Limited, n. M. Cert. No. :��(>7(S A, Charles A.  Rashdtill, F. M. Cert. No. 10922 1, Arnold E.  Fauquier, F. M. Cert. No. '787 A, and Edward  Stewart F. M. Cert. No. ,38364 A intend, sixty  days from tlie date hereof to apply to the  Mining' Recorder for certificates of improvements, for the purpose of obtaining a Crown  grant of each of tlie above claims.  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 22n'cl day of Lecen.ber. 18i)8.  HERBERT T. TWIGG.  ff^ ffffffffffff^fffffffff^fffffff^#  Sloean Sovereign Mineral Claim.  Situated in the Sloean Mining Division of  West Kootenay District. Where located:  One-half mile north of Cody.  ���TAKE NOTICE that I, Herbert T. Twigg,  L agent for the Slocan Mines Exploration and  Development- Company, Limited, F. M. Cert.  No. liioot; A. intend, sixcv flays from the date  hereof, to auply to the Mining Recorder for a  certificate of improvements, for the" purpose .of  obtaining a crown grant of the above claim.  And further take notice that action under Sec.  37 must be commenced before the issuance of such  certilicate of improvements.  Dated this 22nd day of December. 18M>.  HERBERT T. TWIGG.  Continental   Mineral Claim.  WHOLESALE GROCERS  Agents for B. O. Sugar Refinery ancl Royal  City Planing Mills."  NELSON  ROSSLAND  SPOKANE  Train leaving Nelson at 8:30 a  connections at Spokane with trains for all  Pacific Coast Points.  Close connection with Steamers for Kaslo and  all Kootenay lake points.  Passengers for Kettle   River and Boundary  Creek connect, at Marcus with stage dailv.  C.G. DIXON, Spokane,'Wash  INTERNATIONAL     NAVIGATION  & TRADINCCO.,  LTD.  Summer Time Card effective June 20,1898.  Subject to change without notice.  The Jeb  room  SS.   INTERNATIONAL.  South Bound North Bound  Read down. Read up.  SANDON  Train Ivs Daily, 1.00 pm   Traiii ar daily lo.so am  KASLO  "'  ar      "      3.45 pm   Train lv   "  vTBoat lv 3.30 am    ���Kaslo���    Boat a:  -.      "    4.30 am    Ainsworth "  Cr      "     5.00 am    Pilot Bay  a      "    5.30 am      Balfour "  iJBoat ar G.4(�� am, Five Mile Pt       ������     5.23 pm ��  ."       "���    7.15 am      Nelson " lv 4.45 pm"->  s Train ar 10.05 am Northport Train lv 1.55 pm >>  =_      "      1120 am   Rossland "    12.05 pm**;  *<       "        3 lo inn    Spokane "      8.30 amc  8.00 am  :��� S.30 pmzj  7.30 pms  0.45 pm =  6.10 pm'f  SS.  Read up.  train ar 10.50 am  ALBERTA  Read down.  Sandon  Daily train lv 1.00 pm        Daily  Kaslo  " ar 3.45 pm "        lv  8.00 am  .ji   Boat lv 5.00 pm Mo&T Boat ar 1.00 pm  ��*S       '"   6.20 pm Ainsworth Boat ar 11.40pm_  2ai       "   7.00 pm   Pilot Bay **      11 00 pm o  'IVA  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay  District.      Where  located:  at  the head of Twin Lakes Basin, adjoininirthc  Idaho, Morning, Ivy Leaf and Mazeppa mineral claims.  A ICE NOTICE that I. William S. Drewry, acting as agent for the Scottish Colonial Gold  Fields, limited, five miner's certificate No. 33325A,  and George W. Hughes. fr*v miner's certificate I  No.   fS.|!)75,   intend, sixty  days   from   the   date I  hereof, to apply ro the .Mining Recorder for a I  Certificate of Improvements,  for the purpose of  Obtaining a Crown Grant of the above claim.        |  And further take notice that  action, under i  section  37,  must   be   commenced he'ore  tho |  issuance of such certilicate of Improvements*.  Dated  this 17th day of* November, ISfiS.  \V. S. DREWRY.  United Mineral  Claim.  Th6Lcdee  ' 10.00 pm Kuskonook  *' 12.1X1 pm Goat River  ^ '*   i.OOam  Boundarv       "  55 " ar 8.00 am Bonner's F'ry ' lv  >xTrain lv 11.40 am " . Train ar  ���"       *'     ar 2.45 pm Spokane     ."���'     lv  8.00 pm:?  coo pm^  5.00 pm ^  2.00 pm-=  1.15 pm 5  7.50 amx-  SPECLYL KOOTENAY LAKE SERVICE,  Commencing June 20,18!IS.  On Monday, Thursday ancl Friday ss Alberta  will leave Kaslo 5 p. m. for Ainsworth, Pilot Bav,  and Nelson. Leaving Nelson at 8 a. m., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, calling at Pilot Bay,  Ainsworth and Kaslo, and all way points.  GEORGE   ALEXANDER, Gen'l M��-  P.O. Box 122, Kaslo, B.C.  Situate in the Slocan Mining Division a*' ~A est  Kootenay District.     Where located:  Ad-! I  jacent to the Echo and'Sunlight* Mineral  claims at the head of Jackson Basin. ,  ���TAKE NOTICE that I, George Alexander, free  1 miner's certificate No. 7-l.oiio, as agent for the  Echo Mining and Milling Co., Ltd., free miner's |  certificate No. 11,��04A, intend sixtv days from I  the date hereof to apply to the Mining Recorder |  for a certificate of improvements for the purpose :  of obtaining a Crown grant of the above claim. :  And further take notice that action under sec- i  tion 37 must he commenced before the issuance i  of such certilicate ol' improvements.  Dated this 28th dav of October. 18!)K. j  nv.-l GEOR&E ALEXAN1 ER. Agent.     '.  I  S Im 11 i  ii,  Kusliford, General Shei  and Snowstorm   Fraction  iWineral Claims.  id:  eminently  declared a  been more  and sold tl  Situate in tlie Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenay District. Where located: Part  of the R. E. Lee group, near Sandni.  TAKE NOTICE that 1. George Alexander, free  1    miners' certificate No. 74,00J, intend, sixty  days  from    the dale    hereof   to   apply   to   the  Mi'niug    Recorder    for    a    certificate   of   im- !  provemciits for the purpose of obtaining a Crown !  grant of the above claims. j  And further take notice that action under sec- ;  tion 37 must be commenced before the issuance ;  ���   inet! of such certificate of improvements,  if I t),,te'1 this 30th u:u' of September. 18��8  AAA.    ��vl7. G.ALEXAN  a big profit and retaining a large interest. The Whitewater with developments, is proving a gteater mine than  ever, and is enriching this company.  They bought the Ymir for a comparatively small sum of money. It is a  million-dollar property to-day. They  have groups of prospects in ihe Slocan  and the Kettle river country, and they  are being handled and developed judiciously, and I look for a period of great  prosperity for this concern. The B.  A. 0. and the London and British  Columbia Gold fields are doing for Brit-  DER.  Nancy Hanks No. 3  Mineral Claim.  T  Situate in the Slocan City .Mining Division of  West Kootenay District. Where located: On  north slope of Springer Creek, about 2' miles  from Slocan Lake.  "AKE NOTICE that I. Alfred Driscoll, acting  is agent for H. E. Grav, s. F. M. C. No. 5404A,  Kate Scott. F.M.C. No. 41307. W. B. Dennison F.  M. C. No. 010a. and Frederick Rowbottom. F.'.M.  C. No. (J29A, intend, sixty days fiom the date  hereof, to apply to the . Mining Recorder for a certificate of improvements for  the purpose of obtaining a crown gran-**- of the  above claim.  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of improvements  Dated this 2]��t. day of October. 18HS. ,,c->7  Is the finest west of the Red River  ......Thf,   Ledge   cjutlos.    the.  largest stock of Printing. Stationery in Kootenay, and can do  finer work  than  any  print shop  west of Lake Superior    There are offices that quote  seemingly lower prices,  itv  considered.    The  lower than an v.     N  blacksmiths employed,  dors by mail,   express.  TIME CARD  or  or-  oack tram  4k  If you are in the Slocan metropolis cali in and see  our plant, but do not touch our bull pup's pup, orallow tlie cyclone  caused by our fast cylinder press to blow your plug hat out of the  rear tunnel. Come in folks when you have any job printing- to  do, or cash thac is too heavy to carry, and we will ^ive you a  profitable solution of your trouble.     Come, gentle pilgrims, some.  Taking- effect 1.00 o'clock a. m.  Sept. 1, 1898, Pacific- or 120th Meridian time.  Subject to change without notice  A IT.  ..enve.  Arrive  ROBT.  11.nn  11.1"  11.2f.  A.M.    Kaslo ��� Arrive. 3 so.".iM  South Fork       "      ;-i on ���'  Sproule's            '        2 10  Whitewater       *        2 <'0 "  KearLaks '       ; i.o '���'  "' * '   McGuipin *        1 3�� "  "      Cody .liuu-tion  ������      i as "  "       Sandon Leave 1 lit "  CODY    UXI-".  a.in ��� Sandon ���   Arrive,  11..'-ii a.m  (>>dy Juiicfion Leave, 11..rt a.m  Cod  IRVING,  Traffic Mntrr.  GFX).   .  11.  i.*i a .m  For cneap  and from all  s.  railroad  and  points,  apjilv  CAMPBELL,  COPELAND,  Superintendent  steamship tickets to  t'��  Agent,  Sandon.  Tie Prospectors' Assay Office  Brandon, B. C,  | Assay Price List:  I Gold. Silver, or Lead,each   | Gold, Silver and Lead, comhined   i Gold and Silver   | Silver and Lead   I* Copper (1 iy Electrolysis)   i Gold, Silver. Copper and Lead   I Gold and Copjier   j Silver and Copjicr   ; Gold, Silver and Copper ...   Platinum   j Mercury   Iron or Man-u-aiie-se   ; Lime, Magnesium,  Barium, Silica.  Su'l-  ]        phur, each   ' Bismuth, Tin. Cobalt. Nickel. Antimonv.  !        Zinc, and Arsenic, each   Coal (Fixed Carbon, Volatile Matter. Ash.  and  percentage  of  Coke, if Cokinjr  ;        Coal)   ; T��rnts: '(Cash With sample,  i JuneHtth. 1885.  ���*l..Vi  :tfon  2 oo  2 oo  2 no  4 00  2'50  2 .-V)  s;oo  5.00  2  2 0(1  2 OO  ���i mi  FRANK DICK,  Asuay-ar hii<(  A n.il�� ��i J  THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., JANUARY 12, 1899.  Sixth Year  M T TV T XT C?r     "R Vki-Z ( ^ V^D 9>   it is estimated, produce this winter surh  ]M1JN 1 A Lx     It. Li>0 U IT. 1>�� 2?   dent goW   to -give a very   sati8fai5torj  sufn-  V  i-      rii return.  Tne following is a complete list of the | ^i,e pyramid Copper Syndicate, Liimt-  mining transactions recorded curing the | ^ wag formed for the purpose of taking  week in the several mining divisions of j Up an(i developing a large number of  the Slocan.   Those of New Derive- were! ciaims situated in East Kootenay, at no  great distance from the Crow's Nest  Pass system of the railway. These  claims "contain a number of silver-lead  and copper ledges, which there is every  reason to believe will, upon development, prove themselves to be extremely  assessments. valuable.  KATE    O'HAKA ?  as follows  CERTIFICATE OF  IMPROVEMENTS.'  J ax i���Toothpick Fraction to A W McCune,  W L Hoge, E Vivian, J MeCunc and J Graham.  J ax 5���Rio, to E A B'n-lenberg, D Cosgritf and  S P Cosgriir.  Lorna   Doone   Fraction,  Jan 7���Medford.  Jan  u���Ponobseot.  Hoodoo, Big Cedar.  TRANSFERS.  Jan 8���* Xew Gething, J each to C M Gething, C  Teasdale, and T R Blackwood, by John Kinman,  on Sept 21.  Jan 5���Pauline G-, A, S Gintzburger to D A  Ross, August 27.  *    Jan 9���Midnight. C F Caldwell to MEHam-  inehnever. Jan 6.  Red "Fox j. Red Fox Fraction', and Central  1/ti, J K Clark to George H Ay lard, Sept It;.  SLOCAN    OHK    SHIPMENTS.  Following are the ore shipments from  the Slocan from January ],*1899:  From Sandon. Tons.  Last Chance     12i>  Slocan Star....  40  Reco  20  From Concentrator Siding  Idaho Mines  iii  Queen Bess  Hi  Monitor  20  From Whitewater.  Whitewater .*..*  4i>  From Xew Denver.  Bobuii......... ..*  lo  From Silverton.  Vancouver...  10  Wakefield.:.,  ' -">  Fidelity.-.  .'i  Total......  470  LONDON    &    B.    C.    GOI.'OFIKLOS.  Highly   Encouraging  Jteporfc   I'reseutcd  to   the   Shareholders.  Attaclied is the report of the directors  presented to the shareholders of the  London & B. C; Goldfields, Limited, at  the  annual meeting in London.    It is  the most gratifying report made by any  of the big corporations, and the shares  have advanced over six shillings in consequence, being looked upon to-day as  the best thing in the London market:  "The principal interests and properties  held by the company are shares in the  Yihir, the Whitewater and the Ruth  Mines, the Yukon Goldfields, and the  Pyramid Copper Syndicate. The Ymir  Gold Mines, Limited, was formed', with  a capital of ��200,000, to take over the  mines named, which had been purchased and developed by the London & B. C.  Company. They comprise seven claims  and fractions amounting to 103 acres,  together with mill site and sufficient  water rights. The whole of the plant  for a complete 40 stamp mill has been  shipped, ancl it is expected that the mill  will soon be running. Reliable estimates  state that 93,000 tons of ore, of a value of  $1,123,200 (��232,000) have been actually  blocked out. Since then development  work has steadily advanced, largely increasing the reserves, and most satisfactorily proving the value of the mine at  greater depth. As this mine has sufficient ore already blocked out to keep the  mill supplied for several years, and is  particularly well situated for exceedingly  cheap working, the directors consider  this mine will in a short time rank  amongst the leading dividend-paying  gold mines in British Columbia. The  company sold a quarter interest at a  large profit, retaining a three-quarter  interest.  The Whitewater Mines, was issued by  this company, with a capital of ��125,000,  in  February   last   for  taking  over and  working   the    well-known   Whitewater  Silver   Mines     To  ensure   economy in  working, it was considerel adviseable to  mine the ore body in its  entirety rather  than to select the clean ore for shipment  first.  The shipments have therefore been  '-'8mall, consisting only of clean ore recovered   whilst   driving tunnel  extensions  and   other   development work.     Great  efforts were made to get the  necessary  concentrator erected in the least possible  time, and it commenced  working on the  30th of last month.    The capacity of this  plant is 100 tons  per day.   The reserves  of ore have been doubled, and are sufficient to  keep  the concentrator supplied  for several years.    The directors have  confidence that the profits to   be derived  therefrom  will be sufficient  to yield  a  very large return on the small capital of  the   company.    Since  the   Whitewater  Company   entered   into  possession   tlie  principal or Whitewater  vein   has  been  proved on the surface to run right across  the properties from  the portion now being worked on the  east to tlie Myrtle R.  on" the west.    Two other reel's have also  been found, one on   the   Irene, north of  the Whitewater vein, and the other 150  feet from  the  Whitewater vein on that  claim.    This company's  interest, in  the  Whitewater is  a large one, and lias recently been increased.  The Ruth Mines, Limited, is a company with a capital of ��120,000, owning  a group of 10 claims,known as the Ruth,  Ruth Fraction, Wyoming, Hope, Despair, Aurora No. 2, Aurora Fraction,  Yuma, Yuma Fraction, and Suburban  Fraction. These claims cover an area of  about 210 acres, and are situated close to  the railway at Sandon. The principal  work lias been carried out on the Ruth  and Ruth Fraction, but another ledge  has lately been discovered on tlie  Aurora, and development work upon this  claim, as well as in l\w, principal working, is now being* actively prosecuted.  During the twelve months (>,i)74 tons of  ore, carryiiii: both silver and lead, were  ���shipped from the mine to tlie smelters, i carnage  and the operations resulted in a net  profit ni' ��'2!I,7M4. An  of Ms. per  share  The Alma group of claims, composed  of the Alma, Inkerman, Alexandria, and  Gibraltar, adjoins the Ymir gold mines  on the western side, and is owned entirely by this company. Only a small  amount of exploratory work has been  carried out, but, judging from surface  indications, the directors believe that  they have a proparty of considerable  value.  The Norfolk claims consist of two adjoining claims situated in Atwood, or  Central camp, Boundary Creek district,  and is owned by this company. As a  railway will shortly be completed to  within some seven miles of these claims  it was considered advisable to limit development work jfor the present. The  manager assures the directors that tlie  Boundary creek district is one which is  rapidly coming to the front. He is  already in negotiation for the purchase  of others, being fully alive to the wisdom  of this policy.  The Washington and Slocan Boy mines  are situated in the Slocan district about  four miles from the Kaslo & Slocan Railway, and etnbra.ee eight claims and claim  fractions, and are a combination of two  properties adjoining each other; thus  the cost of extracting the ore becomes  very much reduced. The option on  these properties has been secured upon  very favorable terms, and it has every  prospect of proving an exceedingly valuable acquisition.  The Toronto group, comprising five  claims, or thereabouts, is situated in  close proximity to the Poorman Gold  Mines, in th�� "Nelson district. As this  option has only been taken up a short  time, the work has not yet sufficiently  advanced fo enable the directors to give  full information as to its value.  The accounts show that with a paid-up  capital of ��9(3,181, a profit of ��84,805.  has been made. An' interim dividend  paid in March last absorbed c��4,997,  leaving a net balance of ��83,465 to be  dealt with at the end of this financial  year. With cash at bank, the amount  due from sundry debtors and unpaid  calls (the greater part of which have  since been received) make a total of  ��55,993. In arriving at the amount of  ��140,612, appearing as investments in  various companies, the directors have  adopted a most conservative and cautious policy, every care having been taken  to slate "the value of the shares at a  figure which, in their opinion, is considerably below their intrinsic worth.  The item of ��5,701 is the actual amount  expended in mining claims and options,  and does not represent the improved  value following upon the development  work carried out.  The directors recommend that a further dividend be paid on the ordinary  shares, which will make a total cash distribution at the rate of 20 per cent, per  annum for the past yeai. It is also  recommended that 20,000 fully-paid  shares in the Ymir Mines be distributed  by way of further dividend, which will  be distributed in two moieties, one to the  ordinary and one to the deferred shareholders, the balance of the profit being  carried forward."  IF    WE    ONIVX    UNDERSTOOD.  Could we but draw back the curtains  That surround each other's lives,  See the naked heart and spirit,  Know what spur the action gives, ���  Often we should find it better, "  Purer than we judge we should ;  We should love each other better.  If we only understood.  Could we judge all deeds by motiver,  See the good and bad within,  Often we should love the sinner  All the while we lothe the sin ;  Could we know the powers working  To o'ei'throw integrity.  We .should judge each other's error  With more patient charity.  If we knew the cares and trials,  Knew the efforts, all in vain,  And the bitter disappointment,  Understood the loss and gain-  Would the grim, external roughness  Seem���I -wonder���just the same '?  Should we help where now we hinder,  Should we pity where we blame ?  Ah ! we judge each other harshly,  Knowing not life's hidden force;  Knowing not the fount of action  Is less turbid at its source,  Seeing not amid the evil  All the golden grain of good ;  Ah ! we'd love each other better,  If we only understood..  ���Kipling.  Is there anything bates for vexation,  The state av not knowin' yer mindj  One minute to put yer fut for'ard,  The next one to drag it behind.  Divided 'twist laughin' an' cryin",  In smithers to love or to hate���  'Twixt ma kin' a fool iv Kate Bryan,  Or bein' made a fool av bv Kate  O'Hara, O'Hara. O'Hara.  There's a fool somewhere, as I'll agree  An' Oeh '! may I never sup sarra.  But I doubt av that fool isn't me  Is there anything bates for vexation,  The sittin' down 'twixt two stools ;  When yer heals fly up to the ceiliu'.  Au' yer head goes vrhackin the mools���  An' the colleens all laugh till they're crvin'.  Av there's aught I hate,  It's whin mid the c.olleens Kate Bryan,  Half cryin' is laughed at bv Kate  O'Hara !   Q'Hara !   O'Hara !  There's fools wid us. I will agree���  An' Oeh ! may I never supsarra  Av the fools is Kate Bryan an' me.  Is there anythln' bates for vexation,  The laugh of the colleen ye'd fain  Be makin' the queen av yer cabin���  The laugh that true love \rud restrain,  The laugh Whin true love wud be cryin'  To see yer deplorable state-  It's I'll make a wife av Kate Bryan,  Nor heed av I'm laughed by Kate  O'Hara!   O'Hara!   O'Hara!  That there's fools in the worl' I'll agree,  But, Oeh ! may I never sup sarra,  Av them fools is Kate Bryan an' me.  VCesrorn Forest Fires.  It in not jjcncralJy known, says John  l-J-H'   in   The  Atlantic,   that, uotwitli-  .-;'..iiitiug the inimeus:e quantities of tim-  ijcr cut every year for foreign and home  mnrii'cts ami   miners, from  five  to ten  li'm s as much is destroyed   as is  used,  chiefly by running forest fires that only  the federal government can stop.  Travelers through the west  iu summer are  not likely to  forget  the  firework dis-  i',i::;.xfl    along    the    various    railway  tiit.'i:.--.    Thoreau, when  contemplating  tho destruction of the forests on the east  sine of the continent, said that soon the  country would be  so  bald   that  every  man would have   to grow   whiskers to  hide its nakedness, but he thanked God  that at least the sky was safe.    Had he  gone west he would have found out that  the sky was not  safe, for  all  through  tin; summer months, over  most  of the  mountain   regions, the  smoke  of  mill  ami forest  fires  is so thick  and   black  'that no  sunbeam  can  pierce  it.   Tlie  whole sky, with clouds, sun, moon and  stiii'.s, is simply blotted out.  There is no  ri til .sky aud  no scenery.    Not a mountain   is left in   the landscape;   at least  I!*,*]**-' is in sight from the lowlands, and  they all might as well  be on the moon  as far as scenery is concerned.  A I>jniistrous I'hrnse.  What creat  consequences  sometime-  result irom the quick wit of a .man who  sees the full bearings of  au event is illustrated by an incident in the   life  r.  the late Colonel John Tracpy.    In  188-1  he was a reporter on the New York Suu  and did work for  the  Democratic  ua  tional committee.    Ho was at the Fifth  Avenue hotel when   the  delegation  of  clergymen called upon Mr. Blaine.   He  was listening carelessly to the addresser  'which were   being   made, when his ea:  caught the phrase, "party of  rum, fic-  mauxsm and rebellion," which the Rev.  Dr.'-Bur-chard uttered.   He knew' that it  was  the   intention  of  the reporters to  give  small  space   to  the speeches and  thought thp chances were good that the  now  famous  expression would  not  be  quoted.    Seeing   the  use  to-, which bo  could put it for the  Democratic  party,  he rushed to a telegraph office and sent  a short, dispatch  to  several  papers and  to the   party headquarters.    There  was  time  enough before election for the remark to do its work aud not enough for  ajiy sufficient antidote,to. be applied.. It-  is admitted that the  expression   had   a  marked and perhaps decisive effect upon  the election.    Tracey's  alert u:indhad  .���-fi'! cted the future  of  ihe country in a  thousand ways.���Buffalo Express.  Store for the best  obtainable in the  Haberdasher line.  Our stock of ... .  Gents' Furnishing  Goods is not bell ind that of the  big- city stores .. .  Ladies' Footwear  as dainty as the  daintiest and as  serviceable as the  best.   Mailorders.  IB, R, Atfaeirtoini Co., Ltd,  Nelson, B. C, January, 1899  Copper Ore  Dry Ore  Lead Ore  purchased and payment made as soon  after the receipt of ore as samples can be  assayed.  Quotations given upon the receipt of  samples.  The Hall Mines, Limited  & -aa���.���- NELSON.  i^'V^%^^^%^^^'%t^��%%'%V%^<^'  ^CLl  Jas. M. Patterson  &  Co.  Dealers in.  u titer Bros*   '  .Are* .selling .'.the* choicest  Staple & Fancy Groceries  that can be obtained anywhere.    Mail your orders  if yon can't visit our .store.  SANDON ������^==ROSSLAND  Stationery  and a complete line of  Eyes tested and glasses  fitted for any vision  Whitewater, B.C  Dealers in  ardware,  Tin   and --Oraniteware,'  Miners' Supplies, Paints, Oils, Glass and Putty, Doors & Windows.  DR. MILLOY,  Rooms in Reco Hotel, Sandon.  A    Welsh    Minister's    Dilemma.  A touching story of a parson's dilemma  comes  from Wales.    A  Welsh  minister  who had preached with great edification  to English hearers on  the text, "Go to  the ant, thou sluggard," seated himself  on a grassy   bank  while  waiting for tho  train that  was to take him  home.    He  nearly missed it owing to his absorption  in a book, and had  to hurry to the acation.    He  had scarcely  taken   his ^eat  in the carriage  when  he  felt a tingling  sensation.    The  bank must have  been  alive  with   ants.    With the help  of a  sympathetic  fellow-passenger   he  managed to clear his  coat and  waistcoat of  the intruders.    And when  at length he  was quite alone he took off another garment which   was  equally  infested with  them and shook it vigorously out of the  window.    Unfortunately, he relaxed his  hold of this garment just  as he neared  the station, and it disappeared���perhaps  to follow the  course of   Elijah's mantle  and   fall   with   inspiration  on  another  preacher,    lie   was   now   in a   piteous  plight,   and   he  drew  the   blinds of  his  in  a  futile attempt to obtain  irivacv.   The screams of two ladies who  nterim dividend j tried to enter alarmed the stationmaster,  was  patd^ m  February) arK] he advanced boldly   to the compartment with a view of securing a supposed  lunatic.    But   the   stationmaster,  after  receiving explanations,   lent  the indispensable garment from   his own wardrobe, and  tbe  reverend  gentleman  got  safely home.  Curious Errors In Titles.  A publisher handed me, not long since,  tt postal curd which he had received  from California. It read thus: "Have  y* u any TrVoies on Tho Edabls Frcg?"  Another treasui'' d i.*t:;d in his possession, coming frcin South Dakota,  asks for a price list ot his books, "especially the one lliat treats of Fliai-o." Tl:-:  last word was at first spelled "Faro"  and then "corrected." At the sairi  lime that the publisher showed ma th::  card he told me that he had recently received an order for a copy of "The J?a:-  Rose of the Bondage." As ��� yen hr.v.-  guessed, the bock referred to by the iv..  two writers quoted above was ��*.'.  Charles S. Robinson'a"Pharaohs of ihe  Bondage. "���Critic.  FEED J. SdUIEE  Nelson, B. C.  Merchant Tailor.  ��� HL Knox,  Has removed to the  Newmarket  Block and is preprvretl-Jto repair  every description of  Disabled  Watches,  Full Line  of Suitin&s and  Trouserings a)wavs on hand.  ATLANTIC STEAMSHIP TICKETS.  To and from European points via Canadian  and American lines. Apply for sailing dates,  rates, tickets and full information to any C. P.  Ry agent or���  G. B. GARRETT,  C. P. R. Agent, New Denver.  WM. ST1TT, 3en. S. S. Apt., Winnipeg.  ASLO MOTEL  Family & Commercial.  Large  And       "  Comfortable  'i  Fitted with every modern  convenience. Special protection against fire. Rates'$2.50  and $3 per day.  COCKLE & PAPWORTH,  i Proprietors.  The  Coldest,   in   Six   fears.  The recent cold snap has been the  most severe in'six years. The effects  were general and from the coast to the  far east came word of exceptional frost  and heavy snowstorms, the coast cities  receiving- zero temperature and over a  foot of the beautiful. Even California  has been treated to two feet of the  fleecy. At New Westminster the Fraser  was frozen across, as also the Kootenay  at Nelson, and the Narrows and Lower  Arrow lake below Nakusp. At New  Denver five degrees below zero was the  coldest,with 12 at Sandon,|15 at Nelson,  13 at Rossland, 13 at ileveistoke and 21  in the Boundary. There is no ice on  Slocan lake.)  NEW DENVER,   B. C  Provides ample and pleasant accommodation for the traveling1 public.  Telegrams for rooms promptly attended to.  STEGE fe AVISON,        -       -       -       -      *- Proprietors.  Nakusp,  Is a comfortable hotel for travellers  to slop at.  Mrs. McDougald."  BRICK  FOR   SALE.,  JOHN   GOETTSCHE,  NEW DENVER.  &..      so  c1a   <=r->  last, and a final dividend for the year  under notice will shortly lie declared. A  concent rati n if plant will be erected during the cumin.: sprinir, and a large  quantity ol ruiirrii! rati in.' oreonly awaits  treatment  com pai ���>���'���-  'a la rye ore.  The p t'|  ��� Company  of confide*  the huye    *  shares' hehi  Upon a?  priori i>;il  Compai )  COvery.   .  this wb-  This  situa  ie v ,-l ;   ijoinl   returns.    Tins  ; *'������    ������'. .;; the Ivttth .Mines is !  ���e.      -   .r*. i.e.I  'by.* the Yukon '  '.:������:���.  lo  piove themselves  1       * in-*, and  consequently  i i,   !��� f.-rred or founders'  ���: .  ������om|>any  are.looked  ,   --I  *.t   irivat value.   .The  -,'���!    d-aikhI   by the Yukon  \ii.   I   Bonanza ,below;.'Dis-,  ..-  o.-iiin' worked throughout  y   a   full force   of  30 men.  s'one  ol the most favorably  ilu- Bonanza creek, and will,  Fou Salic.���The following goods: <'>00  feet 14 and 16 inch riveted pipe, new;  2 elbows, 1 tap, 7 short pieces; will stand  a pressure of :-i20 foot head. One 0-foot  Pelton wheel as good as new with some  extra buckets, new journals, etc. All  in complete order. Outfit can be seen  at my mill across the lake from New  Denver. Cost me, freight, duty and  goods, $1,350. Wheel cost .new $1,200,  f.o.b. factory. I will sell outfit for %\ ,200  cash. S. M. Wharton, East Spokane,  Wash., or care The Ledge. "  OlRlH BROS.  Wholesale  Wine & Liquor Merchants   of SANDON   Carry the finest Stock of Liquors in  the Kootenay Country.  Orders   by mail   or .wire promptly   attended to   You Can  By selecting1 your  ENDANTS  NECKLACES  BRACELETS  RINQJ  Set with Diamond.*  Emeralds, Opals, Pearls,  Rubies and Olivines   From the  immense stock of Watches in Solid  Gold, Gold Filled, or Si]ver Oases, in all sizes  from the smallest in  Lady's to  those  suitable for the most severe work.  ]��^Everything in clocks for either Office, Hall,  Mantle or Bedroom. There is nothing in British  Columbia as good in  Jewelery and Silverware.  The Well-Known and Reliable TVIeriden Britannia Hollo-iv-ware;and  1847 lingers Bros. Knives, Forks and Spoons. Goods bought in  this 8t��*re Will be EXGRAVET) FKfcE. Orders   by mail  promptly  attended to. JACOB' D0VEfc Ndson, &.. C.

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