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Array i~"7v  ���rrs  Volume VI.   No. 14.  NEW DENVER, B.C., JANUARY 5, 1899.  Price, $2 00 Yeas  i'  i ���  SLOGAN GAMP NEWS  LOCAL   CHIT-CHAT.  A social dance will be held in the  Bosun hall to-night.  School.re-opened on Tuesday, with a  fair attendance of pupils.  George Neelands is a candidate for  the mayoralty of Nelson in opposition  to Mayor Houston.  The thermometer on Tuesday night  registered five decrees below zero, the  coldest of the season.  Quite a number of the young- folk of  the town drove to Silverton on Friday  evening to attend a hall.  H. T. Bragdon will remove his stock  of hardware to Grand Forks, which  place, he says, is booming.  New Year's was duly celebrated on  Monday, the supply of good intentions  becoming limited at nightfall.  Miss Reid, formerly of this town, but  now living in Revelstoke, was visiting  Mrs. W. Merkley during the week.  The Kaslo & Slocan Railway experienced much trouble with the snow last  week, delaying travel considerably.  The usual services will be held in the  Anglican Mission room, Sixth street,  next Sabbath morning and evening.  The officers of the steamer Mintp helfl  a most enjoyable dance at the Arrowhead .hall, Arrowhead, on Saturday  eveiiirigi  Spokane and other financial centres  are mad with the gold-copper fever,  ailver propositions meeting-..with-little  enthusiasm1;   ' ''���'���'������  No appointment has yet been made  to fill,, the vacancy caused by Dr.  Brouse's resignation" of the cororiership  of the Slocan.  Alta Lodge, A. F. & A. M.,visv t-O'ibe  Instituted at Sandon to-njght. Several  members of the craft from here will be  in attendance.  A. D. Coplen, of Slocan Citv, is suffering from a badly ulcerated eye," the  result of a splinter of rock getting into  it while drilling^  Three candidates are enjoyihg rides  upon the Knights of, Pythias goat here,  en route to the hill rank of Knighthbod.  Others are coining.  The tug Sandon; which is being built  at Rosebery, is all burnished. It only  remains for the cabin to be set up, and  the boat will be ready for launching.  SI.OCAN    MINKRAr,    FLOAT.  The  down.  Whitewater   Deep   lias   closed  Several men have been laid off at the  Wakefield.  The Slocan Star has.laid off a number  of men till next May.  Slides and had roads knocked out ore  shipments last week.  The Last Chance shipped 80 tons of  ore during last week.  Fear of snowslides has caused the  Idaho Mines to reduce its force.  Ore from tin- Marion is being brought  down to the wharf for shipment.  There is a foot of clean ore in the  main workings of the Washington.  G. H. Dawson has closed down the  Edinburgh group, on Four Mile, for the  winter.  The C. P. R. is making new rates on  Kootenay ore to Vancouver and Montreal, for shipment to England.  For the six months ending December  31, the Slocan country shipped upwards  of 18,000 tons of ore, Valued at close to  ���$2,000,000'..  Sixtytons of ore was shipped from  Silverton liastweek, 40 of which was  from the Vancouver, and the remainder  from the Wakefield.  .  The owners of the Anglo-Saxon ha-re  resumed work on their property. More  ore is appearing in the breast of the  tunnel, mixed with spar.'  The War Eagle 'Consolidated .Co., of  Rossland, has purchased" the Eureka*,  Mineral Hill and Summit claims, in the  vicinity of the'Slocati Star.  Three Forkers expect great things to  result from the sale of the Black'Grouse  froup, crfthe^orthiork, made by Major  urlong to British capitalists.  * ���* -   . -  Geo. Petty has about' a dozen men  working on the Monitor, at' Three  Forks. A second car load of ore has  been shipped during the week.  Part of the Idaho Mines tramway has  been carried away by a'slide. The road  to the mine in also in bad shape, it  having to be shovelled out for nearly  two miles.   ���]   R.OUNI>    THK  HUB.  Bread sells at Caacadefor live cents a  loaf.  There is not  Moyie City.  Gambling is to  Greenwood.  an empy residence in  be stamped  out at  Steamer Rossland is tied up for the  winter at Nakusp.      /  J. L. White, Slocanpity, is opening a  drug store at Niagara!  Work is to commen a at once on Cascade's new water system.  Windermere lias petitioned the Government for medical ifisistance.  Electric power frorrjF.onnington Falls  will be used at the Tr-iil smelter.  Three new townsite! have been staked  out in the vicinity of Windermere.  An English syndicate is purchasing  the townsite of 6lads|one for $30,000  One million feet of jogs will be gotten  out this season bv th?. Movie City sawmill. '      ;        "  The big chimney;ai the Trail smelter  will be finished in "a few days. It ib 175  feet high. j    " ���   r  Six new Bruckner furnaces for rqast-  KAST    KOOTENAV.  The North Star company are working Rumen.  A. W. Bleasdell has purchased a  three-quarter interest in the Babylon  group  The main lead on theEstella has been  struck. The tunnel is now in about  570 feet.  on  will  the  Boyer  be pushed  of eight men  claim,( on  Major Furlong is doing good service  to New Denver by writingup for British journals the various properties  adjacent to the town. Silver mountain  is becoming well known.  The All Star English.Specialty Co.  will hold the boards at the Bosun hall,  on the evenings of January 19, 20 and  21. There are 15 artists in the company, and they are said to be good.  A. E. Fauquier-has sent to a New  York party an exceedingly attractive  display of minerals obtained from vari-  'Ous Slocan properties. The specimens  were very rich and most neatly arranged.  Rev. Frank Dumoulin, of Cleveland,  Ohio, son of Bishop Dumoulin. of  Niagara diocese, and brother of P  Dumoulin, accountant of the Bank of  Montreal here, has received a call to  . St  Peter's church, Chicago.  C Baker, of Walker & Baker, was  l-ug^alled to Sandon on Sunday, to embalm  corpM body of Miss Emily Joiies, who had  W. C. E. Koch has one team hauling  ore from the Enterprise, averaging  four tons, per day. The ore is being  mixed, so as to give an estimate of its  weight in bulk.  Li.  Mr  a  ei  v<:  ve,  fir  OE  11!  'died the day  previous of brain fever  Deceased  was   but in  her teens and  ��VJ. jJily esteemed.    The body  was sent  fot.biirial to her home in Pennsylvania.  One of the finest, specimens of map  work ever seen iu the camp is that of  the Conder group, on Four Mile creek,  drafted by il. T Twigg. Apart from  tlie general outline of the claims.ta a  key, sho.ving the course of the-iwein  from the Vancouver group and the  contour of the surrounding hiils  Arrowhead,   B. C,  on  Mr  Mcnzies, of Revel-'  Married���At  Dec. 27, by Kev  stoko, John Fyfe, chief engineer of tlie  steamer Rossland, to Miss Sibyle Anderson Johnston, of Arrowhead After  the ceremony a reception and dance,  was given at the Arrowhead hotel, and a  pleasant time indulged in until the wee  sttia' hours of morning. The presents  given to the happv couple were numerous and costly.  The Trail smelter is most anxious  and desirous to obtain dry ores. One  of the largest properties on the lake has  been offered the advantageous rate of  $10 per ton, freight and smelter treatment.  Geo. Hughes has been appointed  attorney for the Scottish Colonial Gold-  fields vice J. Dixon Kendall. The  office of the company has also been  removed from Vancouver to the Idaho  concentrator.  ti ���  Work is to be resumed on the Queen  City group, one mile east of the town,  before spring. P. W. Ellis, of Toronto,  has purchased an interest in the property. There has been some good ore  obtained from the main shaft.  Supt. Seel ey, of the Alexandria mine,  on Lemon creek, owned by D. K. Mae-,  donald, of Spokane, reports,the cross-  cutting of the ledge at a depth of fiO  feet. It shows five feet of well mineralized quartz, with good gold and silver  values.  P. Lindquist is work ing single-handed  on the V mug Dominion, on Ten Mile,  ���owned by himself, D. Weir and A  Jaeobson. He has driven 85 feet and  says the showing has greatly improved  The lodge is six feet, wide, with a paystreak nf three feet of good ore The  galena is over loOoz., with added values  in copper and gold.   Siu;  I3  ing lead ores are being added to*,the  Trail smelter. '. \  H. J. Bourne and F. McCarty are in  the field as candidate?', for the mayoralty  of Revelstoke. ���   [   '  F. H. Hughes, a real estate dealer,  has been arrested at Cascade for issuing  worthless cheques.  Grand Forks is to hare a brass band  of 21 pieces. The board of trade is  back of the scheme. >  Ross Thompson has retired ffom the  mayoralty; contest   in Rossland.   Aid  Gobdeve takes his place.  iG. Stobile, an Italian capitalist, is  opening a private bank at Grand Forks,  with branches at Niagara and Gladstone  J. M.'Compton died at Rossland on  Tuesday, from injuries received from a  car of ore falling on him in the War  Eagle mine.  The C. P. R. will begin at once tha  oonstructionof theR. & P., road through?1  Mjidway to Rock creek, -in-order to t��p  the mines in that locality. ,��>  Alex. Lucas, of Kaslo, provincial'organizer of the Conservative party, has  returned from the east, 'vrhfere he was  in conference with the leading spirits of  that party.   ��� ��� ������       '"' r,  THe commercial travelers of British  Columbia met at Vancouver last week  arid organized an association. T. Gray,  of Nakusp, traveler for McMillan &  Hamilton, was appointed director for  Kootenay. ;  Several East -Kootenay deals of the  late Government are to be. aired in the  Legislature, including the Upper Columbia lake canal concession, whereby  40,000 acres of land were given away  for a useless ditch.  Development work  group, on Bull river,  next season.  E. J. Walsh has a force  at work on  the  Magnificent  Perry creek.  On Tracy creek development work is  being pushed on the Estella and several other properties.  Development work on the Copper  Crown is being pushed. The shaft is  down 43 feet, with a good showing of  copper ore.  E.J.Walsh, of Ottawa, has bonded  the Dupont group, on Boulder creek,  for .$20,000. Five per cent, in cash was  paiel to the owners on signing the bond.  A big strike of copper ore is reported  on the Swansea, at Windermere. The  ore body struck in the shaft shows six  inches of native copper and three feet of  carbonates.  On the Southern Cross the shaft is  down 33 feet. Eight men are employed  in developing the property, under a  contract to sink 100 feet. It is a free  gold proposition.  E. C. Smith says that a test pit was  sunk on the Sullivan group 150 feet  north of the present workings, showing  Up a large body of carbonates. The  tnachinery lately ordered is now, on its  way to the mine. "'���'..  j Mr. Griffithy Gold Commissibne)r, has  [received applications from'tlie"manager  of the French Creek' Hydraulic Company, operating in the Big Be'iid, for  ;eight placer leases on the Coliithbia  river, in the vicinity of Surprise Rapids,  about 30 miles north of Donald.  i The bin at the Lake Shore mine is  full to the brim of clean ore, nearly 10  carloads. The chute of ore iri'the upraise is continually widening and the  ire becoming of a higher gradeijAs  soon as the siding istfhished the pinners  Till "begin shipping and adding to the  vorking force.  jC.  A.  Watt, Windermere,��� has,   on  Ijehalf of himself andihisparShersLbond-  ed the Red Line group, on Horse Thief  ilreek, to Messrs. Sto4uart, Collins and  Eobertson.on behalf oraSpokaqeeyndi-'  date, for 850,000. The group consists of  ^fp. 1 and No. 2 Red Line and another  qlairu. It is situated six miles up.Mc.-  Donald creek, a tributary which joins  Horse Thief creek 13 miles' from the  Columbia river There is a fine showing, the main ledge being 20 feet wide.  It is a'copper property, carrying gold,  ind has assayed $12* in gold, with 12  per cent, of copper.  a"  a<S!��Bs��BSf as as ss ssassassssss  l'MIK.  BOUNDARY.  Wedding,, ut  J^akusp.  ^Hospital   Cases.  There are at present three cases in the  Slocan Hospital, two of which are surgical. F. Aceden, it C.P.R. bridgeman, is  suffering from typhoid fever;. A'. Morrison, employed al Genelle s mill, Nakusp,  has a badly cut knee; and W. MeLeod,  discharged some time ago after treatment  for a broken leg, is again under the  doctor's, care, the leg not healing as  quickly'as ex-pecled;  Married, in St. Mark's church, Nakusp, by Rev. C. F. Yates, on Wednesday, Decenibor 28th, George Birkett  Taylor, of Greenwood, to Miss Jane  Caldwell Mr. Taylor is one of the  pioneers of the Kettle River district and  is now clerk and assessor of Greenwood.  The bride i.s a sister of Mrs. J. H. Daw-  sin, of Nakusp', and for some years past  was the popular teacher in the public  school at Enderbv.  Tho   Great   Bosun.  Sinking on the No.  2   shaft   of the  Bosun is to be resumed so soon as the  present cold weather abates. Everything about the mine is in first-class  shape, all the main workings being in  ore. Twenty j tons was shipped last  week and 40 nibre will go out this. The  force at present employed -numbers 22  men.  | Johnston, Taylor and Currie Bros,  have struck it rich in the Rod Lion tunnel, at Rock Cut  ; While working the long tunnel on tlie  Jennie May mineral claim, in Seattle  c&mp, a miner by the name of Thomas  wjis seriously injured by a premature  explosion caused by using a short fuse.  Thomas' skill I was fractured and he  wis cut more or less about the'head.  White's camp is rapidly coming into  prominence because of the good work  being done at the City of Paris. The  tunnel on this property is in about 500  feet. The ore gives high values in gold  and copper. Mr. White, the superin  tendent of the City of Paris, expects to  have the compressorplant ruiiningsoon.  Thursday noon J. Cameron, foreman  of the John Bull group, at Gladstone,  on which development was begun a  short time since, brought .the news to  Cascade of a rich strike on'that property  made the day before, and showed  samples of the new find. They were  beautiful samples of peacock copper.  The property is under a working bond  to a strong syndicate.  Four ledges of high grade ore have  recently been cut through on the Bell  of Ottawa and Mountain Monarch  claims, in Seattle catn'p, some 10 miles  from Grand Forks. While the raihvay  employees were engaged in running a  42-foot'open cut through the properties  the ledges were crosscut, aggregating  in width over 12 feet. The ore ex.po,sed  to view is  a  fine  grained  cpppft^.'Sre,  still steadilv ship-  down tern-  similar to the various ores on  mountain found at great depth.  Lake   Shipments.  J'ftttle  i   The Blackcock  is  ping to Northport.  j The Fern mine has^shut.  porarily pending changes.  ; A strike has been made on the Yellowstone property. A force of 16 men  is employed on this mine; which is situated next to the Salmo Consolidated.  The new hoist and pumps have been  installed on the Tamarac, and work is  being* vigorously pushed night and day  A contract has been let by the company  to, drift 400 .'feet on the. vein from the  200-foot level.  Regular shipments have been commenced from both the Second Relief  and the Arlington over the new wagon  road lately constructed from Erft'"  through tlie country drained by the  north fork of the Salmon river. Three  teams are <\t work hauling from the  Second Relief, and about five tons per  day are being shipped The Arlington  is outputting two ey- three tons per day  P. White will re-open the Wilcox at  once and commence shipping ore to the  Northport smelter Ihe Wilcox is  situated on Wild Horse creek, about  a mile beyond the Blackcock. Five  hundred feet of tunneling has been  do.no. The lead disclosed is three feet  wide, and the average assays went'S50  to the ton It is entirely a free milling  proposition. A five stamp mill has  already been purchased iu Montana  and is expected to be*here within a  month, and the lumber for the mill  house has been ordered  Boarding   House   Burned.  Last spring Rosebery had a shortlived boom as the result of a building  being erected for the alleged purpose  of sampling ores. It turned out to be a  myth, and the building stands as a  monument of what can be done to influence real estate sales. However, a  definite and bona fide proposition is now  on foot, and if all goes well sampling  works will be in actual operation at  Rosebery by the middle of February.  Three weeks ago G. W. McDowell, of  Denver, Colorado, who has considerable  capital at the back of  him,  came here  and sized up the situation.    The outlook was favorable and he immediately  ?;*ot   things   into   business shape.   On  '"i'iday last he, accompanied by a representative of the C.P.R ,  were at Rosebery selecting a   suitable   site for the  works,   away from danger in case of  Wilson creek becoming flooded.   The  works are to be equipped with the most  modern machinery obtainable and to  have a dai^ capacity of 100 tons.    The  supply will be drawn from the principal  mines of the Slocan, which look, upon  the scheme with  favor.    Ore will also  be purchased'in   small' quantities,  so  that the  numerous  prospects   in   the  vicinity may have an opportunity to  realize  at  once  upon  their, mineral.  The company are prepared to expend  $300,000 per month  for the purchase of  ore, which will permit of considerable  scope!    For  small  lots  the  price   of  sampling will be ih; the neighborhood of  $2 per ton, with a better rate? for large  quantities.   More  than  this sum Mr.  McDowell claims .caii be- sayed'..by-,th.e''  strict and accurate' check that' can be  secured  upon .smelter   returns.,  The  new works will  hot  be  controlled by  i'any oite Smelter, btitjall will" nave the  same privilege* to purchasejftie product.  ,    To the thousand and--one promising  prospects in,the lake district the;actual  operation of sampling works,at a convenient point wilfprove of great benefit  and scores of: small properties will be  iable to handle a ton or so in the course  of development, which'are' now deterred  owing to the  owners' not having the  neces.saj$f-capital: to* work.   Cash will,  be pfpcLfor orjbiSO soon as.sampled and  the tediJu's aelay of smelter returns will  ibe avoided.   ��� .'io:..  jThe si^e ifor.i the works has, been  definitely cnbsen in the' cove, close to  theC.P.'R3!siiipu'V,aiJd. ' The machine) y  has been ordered by wire, and the plans  are being prepared,for the buildings at  Nelson, work on which will1 commence  at once. Mr. McDowell states the  Payne has contracted to 'supply, him  with ore, and he expects to get a great  deal from the other mines. He will  personally attend5 to the purchasing of  ores,.and Mr. Applethwaite, of Nelson,  will have charge of the office It is the  intention of the company' to also erect  sampling works at'some point on: Kootenav lake.    '.-.:.'  NEW    DISXVISB  GROWING.  Julian  Durham   Says   the  Thriving   Burg.  Town    in   a.  FAIBVIKW.  The Fairview Corporation, Limited,  is now,an accomplished fact.  The Dominion Consolidated are.busy.  with development work on the.Black  Hawk mineral claim:  Sinking still goes on in the Morning  Star mine and the ore is equal to any  hitherto taken out of.that-mine.  The Flora, Western Hill and Virginia  Company are doing a considerable  amount of development work on their  property, which continues to give proof  of first class value.  The Smuggler mill commenced crushing this week and will continue for 30  days before a cleanup is made. The  mill wits made by the Jonckos Machine  Company of Sberbrooke, P Q. There  are four batteries of five stamps each,  with a total capacity of 40 tons pet day.  Tlie power is given by a 40-hnrse-power  Corliss engine  In concluding her description of a trip  through the Slocan, Mrs. Henshawe, or  Julian Durham, of Vancouver, says :  The Nakusp & Slocan branch of the  C.P.R. runs from Sandon to Nakusp to  connect with the Arrow Lake steamers,  and all along its route the scenery is  very fine.  All the country bordering on Slocan  lake is richly mineralized and though not  yet as far developed as are fliesections  lying to the north, where around Sandon  21 dividend-paying mines have their  location, still there are already several  small shippers near Slocan City whose  output will largely increase now that  rail communication has been opened up  between the lake and Lower Kootenay  river.  Slocan lake affords excellent fishing,  and is a favorite resort for camping  parties, the small streams in the vicinity  being full of brook trout. Near here  New Denver is situated, the centre pf  Government for the district and a thriving-to wn of 1,000 inhabitants, indeed  the w-hole Slocan from Kaslo to Nakusp.  is being rapidly developed,, the silver,  lead and galena mines giving iichest  promise ''"'���"'  As railway traveling is .necessarily  rather slow in this part of the world on  account of the tretriendbu'sly Hekvy  grades, it is., more pleasant; to' ride  "through..certain: portiousof thecouutry-r  also up'to visit the various mining-  camps! * excellent horse-trails ihtgr'sbct-  ing the mountains in all;directions,.and;  ponies being obtainable, at reasonable  rates in' any of' the sbttleniidnts'; Tt;  w-ould be impossible!to oVer-fd'tb two  things in the Slocan���the wealth of the  silver mines, and the hospitality of the  mining camps. '  Death of P. McDougall.  On Thursday, Peter McDougall, one  of the most widely known: chiaracters  in the camp, died at the Slocan hospital  of inflammation of the brain.   This was  the first  death- in- the' rlew h6sfiital:  Deceased had been kindly taken care  ei. by Dr. Brpuse., who did" all he could  fer the poor  fellow.   The  bod}'  was  turned' over to  Walker <fr Baker',1 who'  gaveit burial McDougall was 41 years of  age and came from Ashland,WIsconsin,  where his relatives' now reside.   At one  tiirife he was worth considerable money,-  but he drank it.all up,    He had been in  this neighborhood for years, and eyerv  cent he earned went over the bar.   AY  his death he was stone broke.-  UNITKD   CHURCH- SERVICES.  A    I.ittlo    Stir   at   Tlircn    F  ������k*.  Almost the entire  Three Forks was iu  eitheh as   principals  police   court   case  male population of  town on' Saturday,  or  witnesses in a  before   Magistrate  F. W. Peters, district freight agent of  the C.P.R., states that the shipments of  ore from the various lake points from  July .1,1898-i;w"ere as follows: Enterprise  mine, tb Ooiaba,"393 tons;: Emily Edith,  15 j Comstock, 63:,. Vancouver, 40;  Wakefield, 120; Fisher ."Maiden ,"&.'. The  New'Deriver shipm'entsare ndt included^  but they are double those from Silverton.  Monday evening the boarding house  of W. C. E. Koch, in the Jdaho basin,  was burned down, fire having caught  from the stove,. The blaze was'in full  view from this place. The house was  an old log affair, and was used by the  teamsters empl-pyed in hauling the  Idaho ore. No one was injured and the  loss sustained by Mr. Koch was small��  Tlje hors$ and harness were taken out  of the bjirn, which 'was close'to tlui  Burninj^iljuiidingj but fortunately it  p^'oved'^nn|cessai'y.,.;Mr. Koch wj[|  put np 8:'n'ew boarding hbuse at once."  Sproat * )m ��� .'hrisf nas eve,. Provincial  Constable Davis, stationed at the Forks,  attempted... an arrest, and received a  black eye Hence t]ie trouble, most of  the litigants; being summoned for resisting an officer. The case was ad:  j lurned till to-day. to admit of the  appearand', of one of the, most principal  witnesses for the. prosecution  United church services will be held.in  the new BoEtinhall on Sunday, January  15th, 1899. The New Denver orchestra  will lead'the singing and play selections'  of sacred music at both services. A  strong united choir will sing specially  chosen anthems both morning and evening. The services will be held, morning  at 12 o'clock, and evening at 7 :30. Revs.  J. A. Cleland, B A., and R Newton  Powell, will conduct. It is hoped that  everybody in New Denver will be present. All seats free. Collection at each  service.   AFTER   THK    CONVENTION.  Spokane parties are negotiating for  the purchase of the Convention, one of  the most promising properties on Silver  mountain, and owned by Messrs.  Murphy, Behne and Fauquier, of this  town. Geo. Ayiard inspected the claim  on Saturday for the parties negotiating,  and he was much pleased with the  showing. Messrs. Murphy and Behne  haye been working on it for some time.  Th^y have a tunnel driven 41 feet on  the' ledge, tind the paystreak shows  first-class ore and is widening.  Slides   at    tho    Enterprise.  K.    of    P.    Officers.  The new officers of the Knight-s.of  Pythias lodge for the ensuing-term'were  installed on Mondav evening, as follows:  C.C , G Sutherland: V C.J. C Boland-  er. Prel., A D.-tMeGillivrav; M of W\,  .1 Goettschf: K.K. &S., VV P. Evans :  M.F, W Callanan; ME. T.,Avi.s-  J G , A. McL'eod The term stk'rts wi  bright prospects. <: ���  Numerous slides occurred last week  in the vicinity of the Enterprise mine,  on Ten Mile One came down the  gulch aim took out a number of buildings and the track at the No. 3 workings  and swung round on the dump. Another grazed.the barn and a third made  things interesting at Xo. 2 tunnel. The  big Neepawa slide also came down, but  did no damage.  P17RVIA.NCK-SPAUL    XUPTIAT.S.  On Monday Walt. J. Spaul was married to Miss. A. Purviancfe, by R. N.  Powell.;-. The happy couple left next  morning for Robson, where they will  make-- their home. Both bride and  groom were famon'g the most popular  vpung peopL'., of^the tow,n. The bride  i|:h.'sister to Mrs,. "'  ���market'Hotel.   ������'.''  Stege, of. the New-  ,&X- .���&,-"?.���*����������,  -Ay." THE LEDGE, NEW DKJNVER, B.C., JANUARY 5, 1899.  Sixth Yeas  The Ledge.  Published every Thursday.  R. T. LOWERV, Editor and Financier.  ...* .75  SUBSCRIPTION RATES:  Three months *;'   Six "   Twelve  " ;   Thkee years    5.00  Transient Advertising, 25 cents per line tirst in  sertion, 10 cents per line subsequent insertions  nonpareil measurement.  TO CONTRIBUTORS.  C jrrespondence from every part of tlie Kootenay  District and communications upon live topics  always acceptable. Write on both sides of the  paper if you wish. Always send something good  no matter how crude. Get your copy in while it  is hot. and we will do the rest   ,..  A pencil cross m this aquarc.  indicates that your sub-scrip  tion is due, and that the editor  wishes once again to look at  your collateral.  f HURSDAY, JANUARY 5. 1899.  te  SLOCAN ADVANCES.  Despito the prevailing depression  thronghout the entire year, the Slocan  country did remarkably well in 1898.  In the towns general flatness was experienced and many business disappointments were met with, Capital,  too, has been somewhat chary ot investment, while the amount of prospecting fell far short of. the previous  year. Fewer new properties have  been opened up and less people have  come into the country. All this has  been through no fault of the camp, or  owing to any diminution in its resources and capabilities. Precisely  similar conditions obtained in silver  camps along tbe whole Rocky Mountain range from British Columbia to  Mexico.  However, notwithstanding all these  negative occurrences, there is no disguising the fact that the mining industry of the Slocan is on a more permanent footing than during the  preceding year of  1897.    Considerable  more ore  has been shipped and the  main properties much more extens  ively developed. The ore bodies have  been  more fully  exploited,   so that  there is less uncertainty as to the  continuity of the veins. Better camps  have been  erected,   the   number of  concentrators increased, more trails  and roads built, and the communica  tions made more permanent.   Added  to this there  has been a greater tonnage of ore shipped, aggregating for  the year upwards of 30,000 tons, at a  valuation of over $3,000,000.  The country bordering on Slocan  lake has seen material advancement  during the  year, and the foundation  has been laid for greater  things' in  .1899.    Upwards of 2,000 tons of ore  has been shipped from the lake properties, which amount will be quadrupled during the next twelvemonths.  Events are developing rapidly and  the progress of this vicinity should be  most emphatic in 1899..  There is no  doubt that  every creek from Wilson  to Lemon will be sending out its quota  of mineral, and the assertion is made  upon good grounds that 10,000 tons of-  ore  will   be shipped   from the lake'  mines this  year.    There was practically little done on  the  west slope of  Silver mountain  last season, but so  soon as the snow rties things will hum  from the  Eclipse to the  Bosun.    On  Four Mile the best of encouragement  is beine: met  with, and  much. is\ex-  pected in shipments.    Ten Mile, with  its Enterprise and other tine properties, will make a record next season,  while the Arlington,Two Friends and  other   claims   will   bring   Springer  creek to the  front.    Lemon  creek's  well-known resources will add to the  general feeling ot security, and along  the whole  line  there is evidence of  better   things   in   store.    Capital   is  becoming attracted and more properties will be  opened.    During 1899, it  is a safe assertion that the ore shipments ol  the Slocan  will total fully  .$5,000,000.  Goldfields, Limited. This brings the  Idaho dividends, to date to $292,000.  Were these profits derived from Ross  land mines how agitated the financial  world would be; but, being obtained  from the Slocan silver mines, they  ^iare received with cheerful coinpla-  jcence.  Yet these dividends will mean  much to the Britisher. It .is'a pleasant sensation to him to have the  surplus shillings dropping into bis  broad palm, especially so after such  dismal spectacles as presented by the  Golden Cache, Hali Mines and Galena  Mines. One failure hurts more than  half a dozen successes will, benefit,  and to the luckless investor there is  no distinction between Liliooet and  West Kootenay. A' Chicago paper  estimates that there are companies in  existence in London, with capitalization aggregating close to $400,000,000  that have never paid a penny in  dividends. From this it will seen  how strong a contrast then is presented by the two profit-making properties referred to above. With the ex  ception of the Galena Mines, which  suffered niore from over-capitalization  than the fault of the property, no British corporation doing business in the  Slocan has met with failure, but, on  the other hand, success has followed  from the very outset. And now that  more money is being invested, how  great will be the benefits resulting,  alike to investor and country. Nothing succeeds like success.  SCRAPS J'KOM THK  EDITOR'S DESK.  Canada, which went into effect on  the 1st. This, coupled with the reduced rate to Great Britain, is a  blessing fully appreciated by the  people. It is to be hoped the  revenue will increase sufficiently to  make up the difference of the reduction. Hon. Mr. Mulock has made a  great bid for popularity and, if he  will get postal affairs in Kootenay  straightened up, he will deserve  Knighthood.  BUDD   Ll'MN'S   STROKE   OF   BIZ.  The result of the bye-election in  Cowichan last Wednesday was the  re-election of W. H. Robertson over  Mr. Sword by about the same majority as he secured at ther general  contest over Mr. Herd. Turnerism,  apparently, is not yet dead.  The C, P. R. profits for the eleven  months ending November 30th were  only $9,1%, 260, as against $9,250,321  for the same period in 1897. Too bad  the profits were not greater, but the  decline is doubtless owing to the Str.  W.Hunter being tied up at Rosebery.  What'sthe matter, 'd you say, sttaneerV   Gutss  .   yer must have just now comeJ     -  Jest this niorniu"?   Yes;.I thank yer,,I will take  a little rum. "���/���..  ''������;''"'.    '"''���>,. '���'���'���".������'  Well, yer see. this's how she started���over there  in Bill Hick's placed -rv.'  All the boys waspUyin' studhorse, clippin' off a,  livily pace. ��� ��� \-  ' Long "bout twiilve in comes a strarger, never  "secii'hlni h'ere before';" '-���".-,  He war six feet tall er better, an* cou'd jest get in  the door '   "''.**''"������,  Without stoopin'.   He walks over 'and sits down  to play u, hand; .'"'������>''  None the fellers liked him plnyin', but you bet  thev all hud sand  And staid with him.   Dern the feller, he had won  most all the checks ;  All the luck just seemed like his'n, even though  they changed the decks.  Well, the stranger gits, two big kings turned up  therein good plain (right;  Budd. lie hud a pair of aces���stranger thought lie  had things right,  An'he moves 'bout: all  his chips iu :   Budd, lie  calls an' taps his pile ;  Stranger puts in all his money with  u darn .stir  castie smile.  Then he slowly reaches over, puts his hand around  tho stud.  An'he. turns his  hole (turd o'er, "Makes three  kings; guc.ss that's enough."  But Budd says:   "Jest hold on,.stranger, I've got  aces an'you'r beat,'  Then thu stranger pulls a gun out an' lit; jumps  u|ion his feet,  'Hands up! all now," says the stranger; "(lead's  tliii t moves an iu-Mi;"  Well, the boyswas unsuspecthf an' the stranger  had the cinch.  He jest pockets all the money, slowly  backin'  towards the door���  Dern inc. stranger, I'm not tender, never seen it.  done before.  Like a streak of.checkered lightiiin' Budd pulled  out his gun an' iired;  Course  the   stranger's gun   weren't,   idle���I'll  acknowledge I felt tired  When I see the guns a barkin'. hut 'twas only  once apiece;  Bud, he got it in the shoulder, stranger got it iu  the fleece,  An'was deader l'n a dour nail'tore his body hit  tlie floor.  Budd was game  an'   kept his gun   up,  but he  didn't shoot no more;  So you see how Budd's a hummer, an' today the  town's all his  Dern nie, stranger, that one shot there  war a  dern good stroke of biz,  ��-*���*���-���***��� ~*-i r "'hlto'ftilii 1  aek of Montreal  Established 1817.  Capital (all paid up) $12,000,000.00  Reserved fund : : 6,000,000.00  Undivided profits :    :     981,328.04  HEAD   OFFICE,   MOXXKEAt.  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  The Slocan still maintains its ascendancy as the banner camp of West  Kootenay, having shipped ore dur  ing 1898 of greater aggregate value  than any of its neighbors. Rosslandj  the great and muchly vaunted gold  camp, comes in second with $2,804,-  756.12 as its total shipments for last  year. Slocans figures are,about  $3,500,000.   Seoire one for silver.  For Salk.���The following goods: (>00  feet 14 and 16 inch riveted pipe,.new;  2 elbows, 1 tap, 7 short pieces; will stand  a pressure of "tf20foot 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 $1,200  cash. S. M. Wharton, East Spokane,  Wash., or care The Lkdgu.      '  An action has been commenced in  the Supreme Court against D. A.  Stoddart, formerly member for East  Liliooet in the Legislative Assembly,  for $250,000, being the penalty at  $500 a day, to which he is liable, for  having sat during the last tj-vrdj sessions without qualification. He lost,  his qualification by supplying merchandise to the Governme^gfrpm his  &tore at Liliooet. This is taken to be  a bluff in opposition to the petition  now being tried aarainst Mr. Prentice's  election in Liliooet.  The St. Eus'ene ore bin at tlie Movie  City siding is well under way and will  be'ready to receive ore by the time the  siding will be in shape" for the cars.  The ore can be run into the cars through  chutes without.extra handling*.  IKON MASK    WINS.  Ai>|��t>nl <>f  tin-   (('litre ^Sl.iir   People  OIm-  iiwhmimI With    <"����<��.  The I'rovinciil full court--..Saturday,  gave judgment it the appeal in' the Iron  Mask and CentreStar case, in which the  Centre Star Com |any .claim that they  have on their hi id .the apex of a vein  which dips towarts and under the land  of the Iron Mask. They claim the. right  to follow this veindown to its termination. The Iron Misk Company on the  other hand.deny tic existence of a vein,  and say that if thev is one it has been  cut off by a flat fault and terminated.  Justice Walkem delivered the judgment of the court, ctncluding as follows:  "The parties here have equal rights,  depending, however, on different titles,  The Centre Star a light to follow a vein  into the adjoining claim. The Iron  Mask until that ven is proved, have a  right to all the ore within the vertical  lines of their claim; 1 think it should  be left to the judgtient of the court to  say whether or not tctual work should  be done for the purpose, of elucidating  any particular point with regard to the  issue raised. The thief justice authorizes me to state that'in his opinion the  Centre Star appeal ought to be dismissed.. The appeal wili, therefore, be dismissed with C'Sts "  Mr. Justice Martin delivered a dissenting judgment, holding that the  Centre Star should have the inspection  asked for. , Mr, Da vis asked for leave to  appeal to the privy council, but Mr.  Bod veil was not ready to deal with the  matter, so it will come up again-before,  the full court on January 9.  F. Pyman has again commenced to do  business in New Denver. Bring your  watches to him when they are out of  order.  S. RASHDALL.  Notary Public.  A. E. FAUQUIER.  RASHDALL & FAUQUIER  MINES & REAL ESTATE.  NEW DENVER, B.C.  MINING INTERESTS NOUGHT,  SOLD  and BONDED.      CORRESPONDENCE   INVITED   Abstracts of Title to mineral claim*.  Niagara  wants  ���hajdstrate.  a    postmaster   and  F.E. MORRISON, dds.'  DENTIST  Crown. [Mute and Bridge work..  Office. Broken Hill Blk.   Nelson.  The old year is past and gone, with  all its disappointments and blighted,  hopes, while the new year is ushered  in with better-prospects and>more confidence. Let the citizens of New  Detiver pull together and endeavor  to bring the town to the front. Let  them seize the many opportunities  that will be presented, so that 1899  may go'down as the most prosperous  year in the'history of the town. Set  the ball in motion and life, bustle and  stir will result. ���:;>���  BKNKI''IC1AL  DIVIDJONlJS.  One by one the accessories for  making New Denver the centre of  the Slocan are oeing supplied. The  appointment of Alex. Sproat, gold  comiujssioner, as county court reg  istrar is the latest evidence of this  fact. To the legal fraternity this  mears much, and with the holding of  regular county court sessions here, .it  OTEL SANDON,  vA    ^ft   y\   vft   vft    vft  Sandon, B.C.  TTHIS NEW HOUSE, with the old name, is  well  equipped  to  accommodate a large  number of Guests.      The building is plastered  and the rooms are  unsurpassed  for comfort in  the .Slocan, while in  the Dining Room can be  Co und the best food in the market.  ,.  Robert Cunning, Proprietor.  The Clifton House,  Sandon.  Has ample accommodations for a large number of people.     The rooms arc large  and airy, and the Dining Room is provided with everything in tlie market  Sample Rooms for Commercial Travelers.  John Buckley, Prop.  First-class  When I buy 'Irom' the  manufacturers Staple  and Fancy Groceries  1 make it a point to  ^et the very best in  alll'nes, My stock  of Cured Meats is the,  best iu the market;,  Hams, sweet and juicy  as can be bought;  Bacon that is evenly  stripped with fat and  lean and just hits the  finest taste.  Will find the .   -'  *.  ���t  Arlington Hotel  n pleasant place to stop at when in  SI eati City.  G-ETHING & HENDERSON. Proprietors.  F. LoCASTO, Th P  Hair  \V. S. Brkwky  Kaslo, B.C.  H. T. Twigg  New Denver,B.C.  DREWRY & TWIGG  Dominion and Provincial Land Surveyors.  Civil and Mining Engineers.'  Bedford, McNeil Code.  jt-jTRashdall & Fauquier, Agent.*.  Provides Ladies or  Gentlemen with  Hot  or Cold  BSthS -Everything First-Class  imported and Domestic Cigars, Etc.  Newmarket Block,  New Detiver.  D  R. A. S. MARS  Dentist.  Kaslo. B C  Graduate of American College of Dental Surgery  Ciiieajro  -two  G  ���1 WILLrM & JOHNSON.  fMcGiltr*  Within the  past week  or so divi  dends have been paid by two proper  ties in this vicinity that will go a long \ will not only save litigants much ex-  way towards  reconciling the British j pense, but will bring to this town an  investor to silver mines, and also give ! occasional dollar  or two   that   will  more   confidence   to   the    fortunate j prove most acceptable,  shareholders. The properties referred ��� ~~  to are the Bosun and the Idaho Mines,!     A Island paper  remarks that  both of which are located close to New I"a write-up of British Columbia with-  Denver.     With   the   exception of a  out Rossland would be like a wedding  quarter  interest in the Idaho, these ! witbout a ^00in-"   Noti����  fllis.  ^  mines are owned exclusively^ Great j Nelson Miner begs  that the  Nelson  Britain, and  the dividends  were so  I district should not  be overlooked as  substantial as to make a decided im- j  pression.    In the  case of the Bosun, j  the shareholders receive 100 per cent'  return  upon  a   five months' invest-!  ment,   a truly  remarkable  circumstance.    As for the Idaho, one of the  most extensively equipped properties  in   the   camp,   the   profits'divided  amounted  to $28,00$ three-quarters  of which were cabled to the canny  Scota who are a^ fortunate'-as.to be  is done by the Rosslanders. vVest  Kootenay. or even British Columbia  for that matter, without the Slocan,  would be mighty small potatoes.  Silyer may be despised, but the  Slocan keeps turning out its hundreds  of thousands in dividends just the!  same..   1  Eostm aster-General, iMuLoOK I  'sprang a genuine surprise, upon the!  .feountry  by; the announcement of a'i  -"*��! "���������>���'".���������/��        ' ":v\i I  About the unavoidable things of life;  grin   nnd   bear   it.  The future is much  brighter    than   the  past;- and  with the  opening of the new  year    the    failures  and sorrows of days  that are gone should  be  forgotten  in the  radiance of the Star  ol Hope of "'99.    The  past year has carried  with it  its quota of  ill  for all;    Father  Time, feebly tottering   from   door   to  door,   has gathered  up the woe.-* of man  and passed with his  load into the land of  Somewhere to enter  up in the Ledger of  Mercv and Love the  good and bad.    We  start   anew  with  a  clean   slate.      We  have won your patronage by  an earnest   effort   to serve  you well;   we shall  endeavor to  hold it  by continuing along  these lines.  WALKER & BAKER  Mining Engineers  & Analy-Chemists.  .Slocan   Citv.    B ('.  ���WAiMTKD.  Industrious insui of character to travel it ml appoint agents.   Salary and expenses paid.  BRADLEV-G-V RRftTSON COMPANY.Limitcd  Toronto.  shareholder* irfSJae Scdltish ColonialfeWo-cent   rate .of postage $11   over  iA  T'have been appointed  ao-ent/ foi- the Leth-  bridge Coal Co., and  will sell their products  at  reasonable   prices.  E. A. Cameron  SANDON.  J. M. M. -BENEDUM,  A I'a.xeiiKitiiiK* .study of the  International Sunday School  Lessons for I8!tt), now ready.  No Christian, especially a  Clei'frymun or Teacher.shinild  be. without it. Beautifully  bound in cloth of two colors,  with stiff boards. Price-only  :t:i cents. Strongly recommended by leading Clergymen, un sale by all book-  soliers.orsent postpaid on the  price by,  BRADLKY-GARRETSON CO.. Limited,  Publishers,  Toronto Canada.  Silverton.  [JOWARD WEST,  Af.v-c. R S M, London. Kiifr  MINING ENGINEER,  ANALYTICAL CHEMIST,  & ASSAYER.  Properties   examined    and   reported  on  f<;t   in  tending purchaser?.  Assay office and Chemical  Laboratory. Belle-  vue avc. New Derwcer. B C.  J. H. MILLWARD,  NEW DENVER  Dealer in HAY, GRAIN.  ' ICE, WOOI>V Etc  Livery and Feed Stables,  General,,.  Draying.   Team* nieet all isoats and  Trains.  J���� L. GRIMMET% L#.B.  BARRISTER,  Solicitor, Notary Public, Etc.  Sandon, B. C.  U    G. FAUQUIER.  NOTARY PUBLIC.  Na.kuHp. B.C.  THE MINERS EXCHANGE.  Three Forks, E. C. Weaver  Insurance  1111,1 General CoMiasssoN  "Agents.  www p;KWv��rK.:*:-��.- c. .���^   .  ai titer  and,  Writer  NEW DENVER.  X C. HARRI  General Drayman, Ice,  1  Hav and Grain for.Sale.    lee Houses  Filled.    .  Livery and  Bait Stables.  i lt.a<i*ii if *?i 'S^-dSitw. Sixth Year.  THE LEDUE, NEW DENVER, B.C., JANUARY 5. I8y9.  KITCHENER'S    SCHOOL.  !\  .1   i  [Being a translation of the song that  ���was made by a Mahommedan schoolmaster of the���Bengal Infantry (some  time on service at Suakia), when he  heard that the Sirdar was taking* money  from the English to build a Madrissa  for Hubshees, a college for theiSoudan-  ese.]  Oh, Hubshee, carry your shoes in your hand aud  bow your head on your breast!  This is the message of 'Kitchener who did not  break you in jest.  It wa-i permitted to him to fulfill the long appointed years,  Reaching the end ordained of old over your dead  Emirs.  He stamped only before your trails, and the tomb  ye knew was dust:  He gathered up under his armpits all the swords  of your trust:  Ho set a guard on your granaries, securing the  weak from the.strong:  He said :   "Go work the waterwheels that were  abolished so long."  He said:    "Go . safely,  being  abased,  I have  ...   accomplished my vow."  That was the mercy of Kitchener.   Cometh his  madness now !  He does not desire as ye desire, nor devise as ye  devise:  He is preparing a second host���an army to make  wise. ;  Not at the mouth of bis cleau-llpped guns shall yc  learn his name again,  But letter by letter, and many  letters,  at tlie  mouth of his chosen men.  He lias gone back to his own city, not seeking  presents or bribes.  But openly asking tho English for money to buy  you Hakims and scribes.  net profits, after the payment of all ex-  Eenses, were for  the vear ending 3lst  December, 1896, ��51,000; ditto for 1897,  $59,000.   The gross output of the Sultana for 1895, 1896 and 1897, has according to the report of the Ontario Bureau  of Mines,averaged $3,000 per week,and  this with an antiquated 10-stamp mill.  On the 27th of December last, however,  a new 30 stamp mill commenced running, and in 144 days  a   net profit of  $75,600 was realized,  being at the rate  of ��151,600 per annum.  With the addition of 70 stamps to the  Knowing that ye are  no right to live.  forfeit hy battle  He begs for money to bring you learning-  the English give.  It is their treasure���it is their pleasure  ; their hearts inclined ;  Tor Allah created the English mud--the maddest  of all mankind!  uid have  and all  thus are  They do not consider the .Meaning of Things;  they consult not creed or clan.  Behold they chip the slave on the back and behold he becoim-th a man !  They terribly narpet the earth with dead, and  liefniis their cannon cool,  Thoy vrtillc- unarmed by twos and throe.-* to call  the living to school.  How is this season (whicli is their reason) to judge  a scholar's worth  Hy casting a ball at three straight sticks and defending the same'with a fourth T  Hut. this they do (which doubtless a spell) and  other matters more stntnge,  Until, by tbe operation of years, the hearts of  their scholars change :  30 now ruaning, it is estimated upon  the basis of the present profits that the  net profits per annum will be not less  than ��103,740, which is more than twice  the amount required to pay interest and  to provide for the redemption of the debentures.  It is proposed with the working capital of ��50,000 to increase the stamp mill  to 100 stamps; to sink another shaft 300  feetsouth of the present main shaft on  a large outcrop of the vein near the  centre of the property; to continue the  sinking of .the main shaft to the depth of  700 feet; to drive distances of 750 feet  on each of five, levels running south,  and lo drive . 200 feet on each of four  leveiB running north, the latter work  being for the purpose of intersecting  the underlay oft;the newly discovered  Pasha vein*. The cost of making a  shaft is given at $30 a foot, and of drifting or driving at $V2 per foot.  Taking the result of the workings of  the mine, for the past three years as a  basis of calculation, the prospectus  says, the result of the projected developments will be to put in sight a body of  gold ore whose net value would exceed  ��1.000,000 sterling, and this in addition  to the ��750,000 already in sight.  NOKTHWEST     MINING     .SYNDICATE.  Report   of  tke   Directors    Presented  the   Various   .Shareholders.  to  Till these make come and  gincs upon the mil;  (But always the English  watch  them when they fail)  Till these make laws of their own  Judges of their own blood;  And all the mad English obey the judges and say  that the law is good.  ���j great, boats or en-  near liy to pro])  choice and  Certainly they were mad from of old ; but I think  one new thing  That the magic whereby  thev work their inagio  wlierefrom their fortune's spring-  May be that  they show all' people their magic  ���    "   and ask no price in return.  Wherefore.'since ye arc bond to that magic, O  Hubshee, make haste and learn !  mad.   But one sure  r,o teach you, to  Certainly also is  Kitchener  thing I know���  11 be who broke you be minded  his Madrissa go !  Oo, a,nd carry your shoes in your hand and bo w  your head on your breast,  Tor he who did not slay you in sport he will not  teach you in jest.  ���Rudyard Kipling.  SAI.K    OF   THE   SULTANA.  JCat Portnge'ibig  Two  Mine   Sells  Millions.  for   Over  actual  is Mr.  It  is  English  |        The .story   of    the    struggles    and  [   triumphs of J. F. Caldwell-'{of Winiii-  I   peg, in   connection   with   the famous  j   Sultana gold mine,  near  Rat Portage,  '  if   tolerably   well known  to  Canadian  raining- men aud investors.    That after  five years of   hard   work, and the expenditure of thousands of dollars, Mr.  Caldwell began in  189(1  to get substantial returns from his property, and has  continued to do so since, is also known,  but not  until  the present time has  it  transpired what Mr. ,Caldweli!s  profits have been.   Tlie Sultana  Caldwell's   property  no longer,  now in the   possession   of   an  syndicate, die British Capital  Corporation, and  it  is in connection:;, with the  issue by the syndicate-of the .-prospectus  of the Sultana" mine,  limited, that the  information which  mining investors hi  the Lake of the, Woods district have so  long-been anxious to obtain as to the  amount of the profits has leaked out.  What figure Mr. Caldwell actually  gets for his property the prospectus does  not say Tlie total amount to be paid  by the new company for the mine has  been fixed at ��l50,000_ by the vendors,  the British Capital Corporation, who  are the promoters, and who are selling  it at a profit. -Of this stun, ��*20(>;000 will  be iu fully paid up shares of the company, ��T0,00O in first mortgage debenture bonds, and the balance, in cash, the  vendors making the requisite provision  a a to guaranteo previously referred to.  As to tlie manner in which the mine  changed hands the story is as follows:  Just about a' year ago two English  mining engineers, A. Crover and G.  Neustader, were sent out especially to  examine the mine, and spent several  days examining the property. The report which they made to their principals, the British Capital Corporation,  Limited, i.s dated January 19th last, the  result being that on the 7th of July the  corporation acquired the property from  Mr. Caldwell, but retained hi* services  as mining director.  The report of  the  mining  engineers  nays the  property comprises aliout  70  acres.    The'length of the vein northerly and southerly is about -J,20*0 feet, and [  a width of l,SO0 feet easterly  and west- '  erly represents   the   area   for   parallel i  veins.   At the surface the width of the!  vein matter is about 30 feet.   After the j  first level at (>0 feet is passed, it widens j  out   until   at   180,   the  third  level,   it I  measures 55 feet between the walls, and I  at 352 feet, the  fifth  level it is about 30j  Attached is the directors' report of the  Northwest Mining Syndicate, who are  operating the Bosun mine and whose  headquarters are in New Denver. The  report was presented to the shareholders  at the first ordinary general meeting of  the syndicate, which was held in London, on Dec. .21. It covers the time  from June 18, 1897, the date of incorporation :     .  "The directors have pleasure in presenting to the shareholders the first annual  report with the auditing accounts of the  company from the 19th June, 1897, the  date of incorporation, up to the 30th of  September last, oeing for a period of  about 14 months.  Shortly after the formation of the  syndicate, and following upon a visit of  the chairman to the British Columbia  mining district, the directors arranged  with W. H. Sandiford, M.I.M.M., a mining engineer, previously well known to  the syndicate's managers, and upon  whose knowledge and ability they place  great reliance, to proceed to British Columbia, and to visit the different mining  centres and to inspect and advise.  Accordingly, and in pursuance with  the objects of the syndicate, certain  options, interests and properties have  been acquired, some of which have not  been proceeded with, some are keld with  a view to re-sale or future development,  and one property; of which the syndicate  have acquired *the' entire rights, is being  actively developed.  This property, now named the Bosun  by* Mr. Sandiford, and first called the  Harris property, was secured by Sandiford for the syndicate on very favorable  conditions. It wasat firstacquired upon  a time option, during which preliminary  work and investigation showed such  excellent promise that it was decided to  purchase the property. This was completed on the llth July last,when sinking  upon the loJe was at once commenced,  with the reaiilt thatalmost'immediately  a rich chute of ore was met with, and  340 tons have already been shipped (up  to 30th November) from this mine.  The ore is an exceedingly rich galena,  containing on an average about~60 per  cent, of lead and upwards of. .100 ozs. of  silver, and which has yielded net.  smelter returns of about ��1'3 10s. per ton.  Though such ore is extremely rich, the  returns are not otherwise, than in keeping with what ie obtained from other  neighboring mines in the district, where,  in many cases, extraordinary' results  have been, and are being obtained upon  the capital invested.  The Bosun property i6 of considerable  extent, consisting of nearly two full  claims of about 50 acres each, and Mr.  Sandiford estimates that the lode within  the property is 1,500 feet long, and that  its height, above the Slocan lake to which  it runs down, makes it probable that no  sinking below water level will be necessary for years to come.  Active work is being'proceeded with  in order to properly develop the property, and it,is satisfactory to advise that  ore has been met with in both of two  tunnels which are being driven to intersect with the shaft at respectively 79 feet  and 102 feet below the head of tlie first  shaft, and advices are just to hand that  in driving in No. 1 tunnel, the ore chute  in the shaft above has been cut into.  The situation, also, of the mine abutting on the Slocan lake (where a wharf  has been built), gives the important  element of the cheapest possible shipping  facilities.  Ore is being delivered from the Bosun  mine to the wharf, where steamers call  regularly, at under $1 per ton, and it is  expected that this will be reduced in the  future.  Mining wages  are  somewhat  high in  British Columbia, butare being arranged  for on the best terms  possible, and  Mr. '  Sandiford advises that  rnininjj and shipping at Bosun can be carried on without  experience in British Columbia, were  commissioned to report   fully, and in  September, 1897, a very able, exhaustive, but disheartening, report was received from them.   They recommended  the  continuance of operations;   their  advice has been followed, these operations being carried out by the then existing staff. I        '  In the meantime the directors jtook '���  active steps to place the management '  of the mine  m  able  hands, andj they !  were very fortunate in obtaining the!  services of E. B. Fraser, who has/since ;  been in charge of the .'property,'   Mr.;  Fraser was   m  possession of Messrs. !  Hand   and  Griffiths' report, ana, his :  views coinciding with theirs as lo the |  advisability of continuing the develop- j  ment work* developments were continu- j  ed in the hope of recovering the lode. \  A great deal of practical work has been ;  done ; unfortunately, the result* so far ���  have been disappointing.   Tt seems to j  be the general   opinion in the district i  that a large body of good ore exists ;i  within the boundaries of the property ; j  the claims are strewn  in many places! I  with large blocks of galena, and there j  is an outcrop of galena for some distance ; I  along the surface.   This ore. i.-ontain-  ing silver, lead, and  zinc,  lives down  to a depth of about   lot) ft.;'below-this  depth they have not been successful in  finding it,' the country being very much  broken and disturbed.  The working capital of the company  is exhausted; the question arises  whether it is better to stop operations  and await developments in the adjoining mines, or whether the'company  should be wound up and efforts made  to dispose of the property. The properties are practically freehold, and can  therefore be retained by the Company  at a comparatively small [annual expenditure. The position has been very  carefully considered by both the board  and the engineer in' charge, E. B.  Fraser; expenses have been reduced  to a minimum, aud work on the mine is  now confined to crosscutting the conn*  try at the 100-ft. level in the hope of  finding payable ore. The directors are !  anxious to' have the position fully discussed at the coming' meeting, with the  object of deciding upon the course of  action to be taken.  i m 'Wb&&&&&%'%w% s��s&%/&m^m/%<&<�� m  The  AND SOO LINE.  For those who want the  Hotel  New Denver,  Has been re-opened under new management. , The Dining Koom will  always be up to the market, while  the bar will contain liquors and  cigars that cannot be surpassed for  quality and flavor in the Slocan.  Old and new patrons will find this  hotel just like home.  ' ��� JACOBSON & CO.  *�����*0   I    when going W EZLO   I  To any point in United States or Canada  First-Clnss and Tourist Sleepers operated from  Ocean to Ocean.  Tickets issued and Baggage checked to destin  ation.   Xo Customs Difficulties.  CONNECTIONS  .Revelstoke and main line points.  B:4i,k Daily: lv���Denver C. Siding���ar: Daily 15 50k  8:35k ex.Sun:llv N. Denver Ldg: arex.Sun.XG:00k  NELSON, TRAIL, KOSSLAXD, ETC.  Ji:50kex. Sun: lv X. Denver Ldg: arex.Suri 14.00k  hy ad-  ' Ascertain rates and  full information  dressing nearest local agent or���  G. B. GARRETT, Agent. New Denver.  W. F. Anderson, Trav. Pass. Agt., Nelson.  K. J. Coyle, Dist. Pass. Agt., Vancouver.  How to get there is via O. P. Ry & Soo Line.  4'  TO LETTER-WRITERS  NOTICE.  All accounts due the undersigned must I  be paid by the 15th of January, other-j  wise they will be placed in the hands of |  an attorney for collection.  H   T. Bragdox.  A week from Sunday, union services  will be held in the Bosun opera house  by the Presbyterians and Methodists,  Revs. Cleland, of Sandon, and Powell  officiating. The New Denver orchestra  will assist in the music.  Four men are working on the Pathfinder, on Pathfinder mountain; 13 miles  up the -North Fork of Kettle river. It is  a promising gold-copper property.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS  Cornier, Sultana,  Iron Mask, Iron Mask  -Fraction, and   Baltimore Fraction  : Mineral    Claims.  Situate in the Slocnn Mining Division of West  Kootenav District.��� Where' located: On  Four Mile Creek.  TAKE NOTICE that I, HerberiT.Twigg.agent  *'"L :for the North-West Mining Syndicate.  Limited, i��. M. Cert. No. 32(176 A, Charles A.  Rashdall, F. M. Cert. No. 10022'; &., Arnold E.  Fauquier. F.M. Cert. No. ;">737 A, and Edward  Stewart F. M. Cert. No. 33304* A intend, sixty  davs from the 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 certiiicate of Improvements.  Dated this 22nd day of December, 1898.  ' HERBERT T. TWIGG.  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  ancl  prevents  letters going  to  the    Dead   Letter  Office.      In   order  to  help out the public in  this  impjrtant matter  we will print your name and address upon 100 No. 7 white envelopes and mail them  to any part,  of Canada upon receipt of  75 CENTS.  THE LEDGE, New Denver.  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-  Gall and see sample and leave your  orders.   We are printing now.  W��W��WW��WWM����WWW'W''I'W  &  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.  Lkavk.  6:20 a. rn  12:05 ����  8:30 a.m  Arrive.  5:35 p.m  11:20a. m  3:10 p.m  make close:  NELSQN  ROSSLAND  SPOKANE  Train leaving Nelson at 8:30 a. m. ._.  connections at Spokane with trains for ail  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  Slocan SovoreigrnSMlneral Claim.  Situated in the Slocan Mining Division of  West Kootenay District. Where located:  One-half mile-north of Cody.  'PAKE NOTICE that I, Herbert T. Twigg,  L agent for the Slocan Mines Exploration ancl  Development Company. Limited, F. M. Cert.  No. wood A. intend, sixty days from the date  hereof, to apply to the Mining Recorder for a  certificate of improvements, for the purpose of  obtaining n crown grant of the above claim.  And further take notice that action under Sec.  .17 must be commenced before the issuance of such  certilicate of improvements.  Dated this 22nd dav of December. 1S)8.  ' HERBERT T. TWIGG.  Continental   Mineral Claim.  nPAKE NOTICE that I. William S. Dr  1    iiigns nOTit for the Scottish Gilo  nite in the Sloean Mining Division of West  Knot-eriay District. Where located: at  th*. liend of Twin Lakes B.i-in. adjoining the  Idaho, .Morning, Ivy Leal and Mazeppa mineral claim  Drewry, act  "onial Gold  Fields'. I im ite'd, free miner's certificate No. 33.''2r> A,  and George W. Hughes, free miner's certilicate  No. 'i!!'7o, intend, sixty days from the d'lte  hereof, to ai'ply to the. Mining Recorder for a  Certificate of Improvements, for the purnose of  obtaining a Crown Grant of the above claim.  ���*  And further take notice that action, under  section 37. must be commenced before the  issuance of such certilicate of Improvements.  Dated  this :7(h day of November, 1898  W. S. DREWRY.  United Mineral Claim.  WHOLESALE GROCERS  Agents for B. 0. Sugar Refinery and Royal  ; City Planing Mills."  INTERNATIONAL     NAVIGATION  & TRADINOGO.,  LTD.  Summer Time Card effective June 20,1898.  Subject to change without notice.  SS.  South Bound  Read down.  Train lvs Daily.  reero  INTERNATIONAL.  North Bound  Read up.  SANDON ���     ���  l.ou pm   Traiii ar daily 10.50 ant  KASLO  '* ar *' :S.4."> pm Traiii lv '' 8.00 am  "Boat Iv 3.80 am ���Kaslo��� Boat ar S.30 pm >���>  ��.      "     1.30 am    Ainsworth "     7.30 pm*  CT      ���*     5.00 am    Pilot Bay "     6.45 pm 5  re       "     5.3Q am      Balfour '"     6.10 pm^  J5Boat arG.-iO am, Five Mile I't       ������     5.23 pm *  .'���       "     7.15 am       Nelson " lv 4.45 pm =J  = Train ar 10.05 am Northport. Train lvl.55 pm^.  =       ;i      1120 am   Rossland ������    12.05 pm*~  <       '*       3 10 pm    Spokane "      8.3ri aniQ  Rend up.  y train .nrio.50 am  SS.  ALBERTA  Read down.  Sandon  Daily train lv i.oo pm        Dai  Kaslo  :' ,ir 3.45 pm ���'��� lv   8.00 am  %    Boat lv 5.00 pm Afo&T. Boat nr 1.00 pm  '    6.20 pm Ainsworth Boat ar 11.40 pm_  ���o:i..i. ��...        .i      ii oopm 3  8.00 pm^  6.00 pm^  5.00 pm ^  2.00 pm-  u  7.00 pm   Pilot Bay  ��� 10.00pm Kuskonook  * 12.00 pm Goat River  ���   I.OOam  Boundarv       '���  5�� '* .*u* 8.00 am Bonner's F'ry * iv  ���> to Train lv 11.-10 am " Train ar  .���"*���*       "     ar 2.45 prn Spokane      "     Iv  =a  1.15 pm;  7.50 ami  Th6Lede:6  SPECIAL KOOTENAV LAKE SERVICE.  Commencing June 20,18i)8.  On Monday, Thursday and Friday ss Alberta  will leave Kaslo 5 p. in. for Ainsworth, Pilot Bay,  and Nelson. Leaving Nelson at 8 a. in., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, calling at Pilot Bay.  Ainsworth and Kaslo, and all way points.  GEORGE   A LEX ANDER, Gen'l Mg -  V. O. Box 122, Kaslo, B.C.  Situate in the Slocnn Mining Division of V, est  Kootenay District. Where located: Adjacent to tbe Echo nnd Sunlight Mineral !  claims at the: head of Jackson Basin. j  rpAKK NOTICE that I. fieoige Alexander, free'j  L miner's certilicate No. 7-i.oou, ris agent for the ���  Echo Mining and Milling Co. Ltd., free miner's  certificate No. 11.904A. intend sixty days from  the dale hereof to apply to the Mining Becorder  for accrliticate of improvements for the purpose  of obtaining a Crown grant of the above claim.  And .further take notice that action under section 37 intist be commenced before the issuanci*  of such certilicate of improvements.  Dated this 28(h dav of October. 1808.  nvM GEOR&E ALEXAN1 ER. Agent.  Shiinia,  I-ttirthford, <r<*n<>ral Shoi-idnii,  and Snowstorm  Fraction  Mineral Claims.  rv..  <?y\  is the finest  .'...*.������ The  west of the Red River  Ledge   carries    tho  TIME CARD  largest stock of Piintino- Station  ery   in  (JAtOA    MINKS,    MM1TK1).  Unsatisfactory     Report     l��wuctl  Big    Property.  feet wide ay"iiu.    Krom  the top to the  bottom it is 'one sold mass  of  "-old ore! stoppage all the year round."  averaging S7 per ton rig-lit across.   The!    tonnage of average class ore, standing j  in   the   main   shaft above   the. lowest!  Jevel, is approximately 25,000 tons, of!  the average gross value of 81L per ton. '���  At the junction of the Sultana vein and;  the Crown  Reef,   750   feet south of the;  main shaft,  the  Barley shaft has been  sunk on the  water  front  of the island.  The works   show   tlie vein   to   run,  a  strong and enormous body of gold ore,  750 feet long by BOO feet deep, by 30 feet  wide, which, if calculated on  the basis  of 14 feet per ton, and at the Sultana's  net value of ��7 per ton, shows ��-old ore  in sight  of   the   net value   of ��675,000  sterling.    This amount, when added to  the net"value of the ore standing above  the lowest level in the main shaft, gives  as a result of developments* up to date  ��710,000 worth of gold in 9ig-ht.       *'  Mint certificates were produced by  Mr.  Caldwell, which   proved  that th��  bv    the  Situiite in the Slocan Mining Livision of West  Kootenay District. Where located*. Part  of the II. E. Lee group, near Sandon.  'PAKE NOTICE that 1. George Alexander, free  1 miners' certilicate No. 74,iO��, intend, sixty  da.\s from the date hereof to apply to the.  Mm ing Recorder for a certificate ��� of improvements for the purjxise of obtaining a. Crown  grant of the above claims.  And further take notice that action under sec- j  tion 37 must be commenced before the issuance !  of such certificate of improvements. i  this 30th dav of September. 1H9S  The report of the Galena Mines, Lint  ited,  which    is   operating   the   Curriej  group,   on  the   Galena   Farm,  below i  Silverton, has been  issued.    It  covers)  tlie  period   to   October  15th  last, and  states that at the meeting held last year  the directors  were sanguine as to the  prospects of the mine, but as work pro.  gressed   disquieting   rumors   reached  them. They therefore decided to disr  .miss Mr Callahan and to procure the  best obtainable independent opinion ou  the property. Accordingly Messrs.Hand  and Griffiths, gentlemen of grunt mining'  Datei  nvl7  G. ALEXANDER.  "Vancy Hunks No. :4   Mineral  Claim.  Situate  in   the Slocan City Mining Division   of  West Kootenay District.   Where located:   On  north slope of Swinger Creek, about 2h miles  from filoean Lake.  qiAKE NOTICE that I, Alfred Driscoll. acting  I   as agent for H. E. Grav. s. F. M. C. No. 5-IG4A,  Kate -Scott. F.M.C. No. 4l3i>7, W. B. Dennison, F.  M. C. No. GlOA. and Frederick Rowbottom. F. M.  C. No. 029a, intend, sixty days fiom the date  hereof,    to     applv     to     the     Mining    Recorder for it certificate of improvements for  the purpose of obtaining a crown grant of the  above claim.  And further take notice that action under section 3Tmu3t be commenced before the issuance  of such certificate of Improvement.  Dared tbir* ��J-t day of October. 18W*. nc27  finer  wo  Kootenay,   and  can   do  Iv than, any  print shop  '.^ike Superior   ices Mi at quote  prices,   but qua.l-  Thi*:    Lmixje   is  Xo Chinese or  west of 1   Tliere are <>  seernirmiv lowei  Taking effect 1.00 o'clock a. m.  Sept. 1, 1898, Pacific or 120fch Meridian time.  Subject to change without notice  ity considered,  lower than any  blaeksm ith s em ployed.  dcrs by mail, express,  pack train      ....  freigi  or-  \t or  &  vou are m  : Slocan   metropolis call  in and see  do not touch our bull pup's pup, or allow the cyclone  iast cylinder press to blow your plug hat out of the  Come in folks when you have any job printing to  it k too heavy to ea>iTy,  and  we   will  give you a  rofitable solution of your trouble.     Come, gentle pilgrims, oome.  Leave S .'id A.M.    Kaslo Arrive,  "   8 nil **       South Fork  ������   a 4h ������      Sproule's  " 10 oo "       WhitcwHl^j-  ������ 10 OS ������'      Rear Lake  " io 'io "       McGnigan  " 10 3J "      Cody Junction ������  Air. 10 Ai' '���       Saiirlon Lcuve  CODY    LINE.  Leave, ll.ooa.in ��� Sandon ���   Arrive,  11.1"   " t.'mlv JiiiK-ti.-n Leave,  Arrive. n.2i>   " ' C'*dv  ROBT. IRVING,  Traffic Mngr.  GEO  P.M  .*! 30  3 05  ���J 10  2 Cti  1    .'(I  1 3fc  J 2i  II:.  ll.fillu.ni  11..lo a.m  n..Vin.m  For ciieap  railroad  and  and I'riiin all  points,  applv  S.  CAMPBELL,  COPELAND,  Stipcriiit-niidcii<  steamship tickets  tc  to  Ajsrent, Sandon.  Tie Prospectors' Aw Office  Brandon, B. C,  Assay Price List  Gold, Silver, or Lead,each   Gold, Silver and Lead, combined.  Gold and Silver.   Silver and Lead   Conner (by Electrolysis)   Gold, Silver. Copper and Lead ..  Gold and Copper   Silver and Copper   Gold. Silver and Copper   Platinum   Mercury   Iron or Manganese   Lime, Magnesium, Barium, Silica, Sulphur, each   Bismuth, Tin, Cobalt, Nickel, Antimony,  Zinc, and Arsenic, each.   Coal (Fixed Carbon, Volatile Matter. Ash,  and percentage of Coke, if Coking  Coal)   .  -Term*: \Canh With .Sample.  JmieJOth. ifV5.  ��l..Kl  3 (XI  2 00  2 00  if 00  4 00  2 50  2 50  3 00  .1 Of  2  2 0*1  2 00  4 (Ml  FRANK DICK,  A����aj<>r au��  Ann'Mftt. THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., JANUARY 5, 1899.  Sixth Year  MINING   RECORDS  The following is a complete list of the  mining transactions recorded during the  week in the several mining divisions of  the Slocan. Those of New Denve~ were  as follows:���  LOCATIONS.  Dkc 27���Azra Faction, re-location of 4th of  July, by. H T Twigg.  Dec 30��� Holiday Fraction, north fork Carpenter. O W Eafuse.  ABANDONMENTS.  Dec 29���Empire, adjoining the Prescott, by J  Brandon.  ABSKSHfRMTS.  Dec 27���United, Dominion No *.  Dkc 28-  No 8.  -Everett, Texas Boy Fraction, Bostock  ckrtificatb or rUPKOYIMJCMT'S. ������;  Die 29���Starlight Fraction.  TKANSFERS.  Dae 27��� Kingsley i, F Hansen to J R Cameron,  Oct 15.  Dominion No 2, bond, D McCuaig to A L McLean, Oct 26, ��200.  Empire. Reco and Texas Boy Fraction J, J E  Barrett to J Bandon, June 21.  La Hoy and .Madie, same to same, June 21.  Dkc 30���Codv Fraction and Joker J, F H  Lantz to W M Botsford, Dec ST.  Kingsley i, W S M Cantler to J W Sweenay,  Decl.  Dkc 31���SummlE i, E S Kinney toJWar Eagle  Consolidated Mining_& Development Co, Oct 31  Mint  Oct 29.  slop  Mineral Hill and Eureka. !,J A Finch to sam��,  ct29.  Same, J S 0 Fraser to same, Dec 29.  AINSWORTH   DIVISION.  ASSESSMENTS.     ��� .  Dec 22���Canadian Chief, Paris 1900.  Dec 25���Fair Play.  Dec 27���Franeetta, Tarn RaK 4 years.  CERTIFICATE  OF   IMrKOVEMEKTS  Dkc 22���Panama  to  H Giegerlch and Mary  MacKay.  THANSFEHB.  Dec 21���Fraction Fraction i, Arthur Asselin  to Joseph lilanchard,S250.  Hermina i, J Max Somprey to W fi Maroan,  *50. ;    ,  Dec 22���Iron Hand J, John Hastie to AD  Hemer.  Hermina i, J M Somjirey to Peter Dressell, $100.  Dec 24���James McKian's declaration as to  interest conveyed in Lucky Edd and Fairview.  Dec 27���Royal, E J Warren to Slocan Mines,  Limited.  X Ray J, Stephen Brooks to Elmer Coy.  SLOCAN    OBK   SHIPMENTS.  The shinments of ore from .July 1st,  1898, to date:  From Sandon. Tons.  Payne  8,460  Ruth  1,739  Slocan Star  1,817  Last Chance  510  Sapphire  18$  Coin  13$  Wonderful Bird  1}  Sovereign ��� 80}  Wonderful  8  CM Wilson...  2  Treasure Vault  40  Reco  59  ��� Miller Creek  40  Blue Bird  45  Noble Five  20i  From Concentrator Siding  Idaho Mines ;  2,315  Queen Bess..  1.038J  Mauitor  20  From Whitewater.  Whitewater  285  Jackson..   65  Whitewater Deep  39  From McGuigan.  Rambler  95  Antolne  Ill  Native Silver Bell  30  From New Denver.  B*un  44T  <������   California  40  From Silverton.  Comstock  6  Emily Edith  15  Fisher Maiden  6  Vancouver  40  Wakefiald  120  From Enterprise.  Enterprise  393  Total..  17,994}  MODERN   EXPERTS.  An English Paper's   Opinion of the Man  With Yellow Leggings.  The recent history of mining, says the  Mining" Werld and Engineering* Record,  of London, Eng., has not advanced the  reputation in which experts are held.  Perhaps it would be more correct to  say that it has done quite the reverse.  It must be admitted that the task set  them is extremely difficult. They are  asked to describe the value of a property, sometimes partially developed,  and sometimes not developed it all. In  the majority of cases we would fain  believe they do their duty conscientiously and well, but in too many instances they deceive their employers,  and not unfrequently involve them in  heavy loss. What has struck us about  many of the experts we have seen has  been the positive way in which they  speak about what common sense ought  to show them can only be surmised  We have also been struck by the manner in which they take credit to themselves for whatever happens. If the  mine is a success they are ready to declare that they said it would be", and if  the mine is a failure they were equally  Eositivo in saying   it   would be.    We  ave scarcely  known a manager to return from a property who  was not sure  ���quite sure���that if his plan of operations had been   carried out, dividends  would have been paid and calls would  have ceased-    Even in a case quite recently, where a  certain  manager was  discharged  for   drunkenness,   lie   had  the assurai.c.j   to say to   us   that, by  his   plan   ol*   operations���we   suppose  drinking at the nearest refreshment bar  ���lite initio would   have been a greater  success than it was.    In justice to these  experts,  as 'distinguished   from  managers, it  has to   be admitted   that the  program they lay down  as  conditional  to success very often i.s not carried out,  and here,   not.they,   but  the directors  and   shareholders are to blame.    The  money has either not been forthcoming,  or it luis been spent in some other way.  As   to   managers,   we   have   rarely  known one.to succeed another who did  not proceed to make  much' of the difficulties his predecessor left  him, arid to  totally   alter   the   plan   of  operations.  When he has lie en superseded the same  tiling lias occurred again    At the meetings of shareholders in   mines  that art?  . not realising  prospectus  promises you  will   he,   certain  to   hear this  remark:  "We want an  independent report upon  the   property '*    Exactly,   but   that   is  very  difficult to  obtain.    Your choice  may fall upon the wrong man.    He may  be more, incompetent than the manager,  whose work he is supposed to overhaul,  or,   worse   still,   he   may   have  some  private object of his own  to serve..  At'  the recent Shot-law's Gold meeting. Dr.  Alexander told the story of how.he employed  an expert  to  furnish  an   independent report upon a mine in which he  was interested. The expert condemned  the mine by bell, book and caudle, but  at the same time he recommended another property which he was very  anxious (of course, for disinterested  motives !) that Dr. Alexander and his  friends should buy. The result was  that they lost the good mine which this  man had condemned, but they were  saved from purchasing the bad mine  which he recommended. It is much  easier to talk of an independent report  than to get one, and most mining  directors will say that this is so.  There is a fashion in experts as in  other things. There is a run after a  certain man, and vhile the sun is shining on him he usual makes hay, not for  those who employ him, but for himself.  There was a so-called expert in the  early days of Westralian mining, whose  name appeared upon nearly all of the  earlier prospectuses, who was feted at  one of tne London hotels, and who carried great weight with investors until  he was found out. At the present time  the mere mention of this man's name  upon a prospectus would be sufficient  to render its issue abortive. How this  man acquired his brief reputation no  one knows, but that he could command  a price for his scandalous reports is  quite certain. Perhaps what bowled  him out finally was his own extravagant  language, doe*can only suppose that  he was excited by liquor" when some of  his reports were penned. Each gold-  field has produced his prototype, and  sometimes several of them. "There a:  men walking about the city of London  to-day who pose as ''experts," who talk  with the utmost assurance of this property and of that, who speak as if they  wefe the Great High Priests of mining,  and who, yet, to our certain knowledge,  were never associated with a single  success, but always with failure. These  are the men who will pull you up a  gateway, buttonhole you in the street,  keep pace with you on the pavement,  and pour their predictions into your  oars as long as you choose to listen to  them. In fact," those apparently who  know least about mining speak the  most positively against some properties,  and in favor of others. It is possible in  the former case that their-connection  with these properties has been terminated against their will, and in the latter  you may be quite sure they have an  axe to grind. If they think they are  making any impression upon you, it  will not be long ere they produce the  inevitable prospectus, and ask you if  are are willing to underwrite on terms,  of course, that make the success of the  company almost impossible, even if the  property were passably ffood, which it  most probably is not. What we most  want in mining is a race of experts,  that by dint of hard study and practical  ex per fence are really entitled to give  an opinion upon mining ventures. We  do not want the uneducated, illiterate  expert that has done duty too often in  home mining, or the schoolmaster, the  draper's assistant, or counter-jumper  that has too often been in evidence in  foreign mining, but persons of experience, such as, for example, are being  trained in the mining schools of; Camborne and Redruth, who will value their  reputation and who will seek advancement in life by honest' and reputable  means, and not" by the reports that give  common sense the go-by, and slap truth  in the face!  CROW'S    NKST    COAIi.  Extensive Improvement! to   be Affected  at the Fernie Mines.  Robert Jaffray, who is a director of  the Crow's Nest Pass Coal Company,  has just returned to Toronto from the  west, accompanied by W. Blackmore,  the company's general manager. Mr*  Jaffray's trip west was made for the  purpose of another inspection of the  corporation's mines at Fernie. From  all accounts, the company's operations  have so far been attended-with marked  success, and it is understood to be the  intention of the management to increase  the scale of their undertaking as fast as  possible.  At present 50 ovens are at work near  Fernie turning out coke ; materials are  on th�� grouna for 50 additional ovens,  and Messrs. Jaffray and Blackmore will  advise the board to erect another 100  ovens the coming year. The present  plant turns out 80 tons of coke a day,  audi with 200 ovens, the management  would have a daily capacity of over 300  tons.  At present the company is furnishing  the Trail and Nelson smelters with fuel,  but with the increased capacity it will-  extend..its operations across the international boundary line and furnish coke  to the Northport, Wash , and Great  Falls, Mont., smelters. The company,  moreover, anticipates supplying the  Boundary country and other parts of  British Columbia.  Aside from its coke business, the company has a big field to supply with coal.  Some 300 tons of coal are turned out at  the mines every day, and all of this and  much more will be required, as stove  and steam fuel, in the various towns  and camps of the Kootenays and other  parts of southern British Columbia.  As to the quality of the company's  coal, it is described as being a very  high-class bituminous coal, containing  over 80 per cent of fixed carbon, 3 per  cent, of ashes and about one-half of 1  per cent, of sulphur. Mr. Blackmore  knows of only one place i-i the world  where an equally good grade of soli  coal is to be found, and that is North  Durham, England.- Ordinary bituminous coal contains about 50 per cent, of  fixed carbon, and as much as 25 per  cent, of ash material, and very much j  more sulphur than the Fernie coal.  The valuable constituent in any coal is  its fixed carbon, and of this the British  Columbia coal contains very nearly as  much as most of the hard coal sold in  this country. As a soft coal its superiority is evident from the fact that its  percentage of fixed carbon is greatly in  excess of that of the ordinary soft coal,  while, at the same time, its percentage  of ash is very considerably less. The  Prospect mine at Michel is in course of  being developed, and before very long  it is expected to have a yielding capacity of 100 tons per day. The coal of this  mine is almost exactly similar to the  Fernie coal, but for domestic puruosesit*  is considered even better.  The board of the company will shortly  meet at Montreal to consider the extension of its'operations. The corporation  now emplovs 200 men at the mines  HALL    MINES   COMPANY.  Heavy Mortgage   to  Silver   King  be   Placed  Property.  on   the  The report for the year ended September 30th last states that the balance-  sheet shows a gross profit amounting  to ��28,861. The directors (on April  21st last) appropriated the sum of ��12,-  500 to the payment of an interim dividend of five per cent., being Is. per  share on the ordinary shares and ��1,750  to the payment of a dividend of seven  per cent, on the preference shares.  After deducting these two amounts  there remains a balance of ��14,659, from  which the board has thought it advisable to write off the sum of ��6,052 for  depreciation on buildings, plant, and  machinery, and ��7,361 for cost of prospecting work prior to October 1st, 1897.  and on a copper claim since abandoned,  leaving a balance of ��1,345 to the current year.  Although' the result of the year's business is disappointing, in view of the  expectations entertained last year, the-  board has reason to believe, from indications shown by the development  work which has been in . progress for  ���ome time past, and from the report of  the mine superintendent, as also from  the report of John E. Hardman, of the  Canadian 'Mining Institute, who has  recently inspected the company's property, that the output will shortly be  increased in quantity and value, although temporarily diminished during  the last few months. Hithorto, as the  shareholders are aware, the object of  the board has been to so work the mine  that it should be practically self-supporting; that is to say, that development and output should be carried on  concurrently, and so long as the ore  continued of a fairly'Irish grade that  course was possible, the j'ield being  sufficient to meet the working expenses  and pay dividends; but the loss of connection with the richer deposits in the  mineral zone, temporary only though  it is believed to be," has for the present  made the continuance of that plan impracticable, and rendered it necessary  to adopt the course which Mr. Hardman  recommends, viz., to make the output  for the time being subservient to a  more extensive development of tho  mine. To do this, however, more capital is needed, and in order to provide  this the board have decided to issue  first mortgage debentures to the amount  of ��50,000, bearing interest at six per  cent.  The insufficiency of copper in the ore  in the new south ore body has been a  disappointment; but the board have  reason to expect that in the property  called the True Blue mineral claim,  situated at Kaslo,and within easy reach  of the company's smelting works, they  have secured a property carrying a  high percentage of copper which will  serve as a useful flux to the Silver King  ore. Owing to the difficulty of keeping  up a full supply of ore from the mine  while there was so much development  work going on, the large blast furnace  was in blast for 1261 days only; but its  ���working continues to give great satisfaction. The second reverberatory  furnace and roasting-oven, which were  in course of construction at the date of  the-last meetings were completed in  January, and7 the refining works have  continued to give satisfaction. With a  view to still further econotnieisin the cos!  of tramming ore from the- iriine to tlie  smalter, the board' have' Adopted improvements which, when the mine is  more extensively developed, and a full  and continuous supply of ore obtainable, will reduce the cost to about 25c.  per ton', as against the present cost of  44c; .���"���''���  Store for the best  obtainable in the  Haberdasher line.  Our stock of....  Gents'Furnishing  Goods is not behind that of the  big city stores.. .  Ladies' Footwear  as.dainty as the  daintiest and as  serviceable as the  best.   Mailorders.  E.- R, Athertoim Co., Ltd,  iamdomi  Crow's "Nest* Coal Company's stock,  which a few weeks ago sold at $16 per  $29 share, is now quoted at'828 to 830.  .-'���    :������': .....    \  CON8TBCOTIOK   ITBKS.  Happenings Along tbe Ida* of ike Rofc-  ton;A Pentictoa Road.  The.steam yacht Myrtle, on Christina  lake, is tied up for the winter.  Ice is forming on Christina lake, and  a good harvest is already assured the  residents of Cascade.  John McDonald, formerly of Nakusp,  Slocan City and Brooklyn^ has: established his boat-house at Itobson'.,  Want of show makes freighting and  travelling difficult on theBossburg road,  which at present consists chiefly of  mud.  Christmas passed quietly and pleasantly all along the line. Turkeys were  in abundance, and each camp had its  quota.  Joe Lanamme, or "French Joe" as  he was more familiarly known, the  well-known fat cook, of "Sandon, Silver-  ton and Nakusp, has died at Cascade  City.  Cascade appears lively, but business  is quiet. Two sawmillsare in operation  there and a third is to be erected at the  head of Christina lake, about two miles  from town.  Genelle's mill, at the framing yards,  has been closed down during the past  two weeks, to e.iable the owners to  place new machinery iu the tug Fawn  The mill will resume work at New  Year's with increased energy.  A cave-in at McLean's tunnel has  caused an extra amount of work there.  This tunnel is to be. about 3,000 feet  long, and is expected to occupy the.  space of nine or ten months to complete  A large compressor plant is being p'a -ed  in position, and the work will be pushed  from both ends  Gladstone boasts four hotels The  Hotel Gladstone is a rather handsome,  log structure, and the other three are  built upon lines of shanty architecture  Two general stores do business there..  Grant Bros and Mr. McOnn ind Thev  carry a fair stock, considering tint  freight charges from Rrooklvn are l|c  per lb Some excitement exists in tlii-  biirg, owing t^ the. discovery of supposedly rich ore up in the Burnt Basin,  on top of the mountain facing the town  Deal    nt    Ornpiiwoixl    ('amp.  Byron p]. Walker, general manager of  the Bank of Commerce, Senator ('ox,  Robert Jaffray, William Mackenzie ,;und  Dan Mann, of Toronto, put through a  deal by which they tret control of the  Idaho, Brooklyn, Stemwinde.r and Rawhide mines in the Greenwood camp..  The. Presbyterians  church at Cascade.  will  buill a $850  Jas. M. Patterson  &  Co.  Dealers in  Are selling the choicest  Staple & Fancy Groceries  that can be obtained anywhere. Mail your orders  if you can't visit our store.  SANDON��� ROSSLAND  Okanagan Lake,  P. O. BRUCE'S LANDING  For the convenience of the trade a stock is always kept on hand in the  Jelland Building, SANDON. Mines supplied at wholesale rates. Cnra  loaded with Produce, Fruits and Vegetables are run into the Slocan every  TEN DAYS, and orders ean bo delivered en route.  NEW DENVER,   B. C.  Stationery  and a complete line of  Eyes tested and glasses  fitted for any vision  Whitewater, BX.  Provides ample and pleasant accommodation for the traveling1 public  Telegrams for rooms promptly attended to.  STEGE & AVISON,       -       -       -���"���-.*. Proprietors.  Dealers in  Hardware,  Tin   and   Graniteware,  Miners' Supplies, Paints, Oils, Glass and Putty, Doors & Windows.  SLOGAN CITY, B.C.  H. H, Knox,  Wholesale;  Wine & Liquor Merchants  ......of SANDON......  Carry the finest Stock of Liquors in  the Kootenay Country.  T*K  ASLQ HOTEL  Family & Commercial.  Has removed to the  Block and isf prepared^to repair  every description of  Orders   by mail  or  wire promptly   attended to.   DR. MILLOY,  DENTIST  Rooms in Reco Hotel, Sandon.  Watches.  FRED J. satriEE  Nelson. B. C.  Merchant Tailor.  Full Line  of Suitings and  Trouserings aWays on hand.  Large  ABd  Comfortable  Rooms  Fitted with every modern  convenience. Special protection against fire. Rates $2.50  and $3 per day.  COCKLE & PAPWORTH,  Proprietors.  The  9  Nakusp,  Is a comfortable hotel for travellers  to stop at.  ATLANTIC STEAMSHIP TICKETS.  To ancl 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. STITT, Sen. S. S. Agt., Winnipeg.  Mrs. McDougald/  YARD  BRICK  FOR   SALE.  JOHN   GOETTSCHE,  NEW DENVER.  You Can  d  By selecting yo nr  BROOCHES .  PENDANTS  NECKLACES .  BRACELET!  From  the  immense  stock of Watches in Solid  Gold, G-old Filled, or SPver Cases, in all sizes  from  the  smallest  in  Lady's to  those  suitable foi" the most severe work.  Set with Diamond*  Emeralds, Opals, Pearls,  Rubies and Olivines. ,  idT'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 ' Merideii Britannia Hollow-ware and  1847 Rogers Bros. K,nives, Forks and Spoons. Goods bought in  this'store will be ENGRAVED FREE. Orders   by  mail  promptly  attended to. JACOB t)0VERr Nelson, B. C.

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