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 :  'J  Volume VI.   No. 22.  NEW DENVER, B. C, MARCH 2, 1899.  Price, $2 00 Year  SLOGAN GAMP NEWS |  SLOGAN    StINKRAL    FLOAT  On the Noonday the showing continues  encouraging, dre is being- sacked as it  is taken out.  The Jackson, another Whitewater  property, has sent down 19-1 tons of ore  since the first of the year.  The Payne last week shipped 100  tons, making- 1,740 tons for -that great  property since January 1st.  The Whitewater mine is doing-better.  Six car loads were shipped last Aveek,  "bringing the total since the 1st of  January to date up to 483 tons.  Shipments from the Last Chance continue big-. Last week 140 tons were  seat'down. Since the first of the year  this property has shipped 850 tons."  Work on the Mary Durham, New  Denver, is going- steadily ahead, and  the ledge of high grade gold and silver  ore is rapidly widening and showing-  better.  Eighty tons were 'shipped from the  Wakefield last week. The Vancouver  sent out 20 tons. This about winds up  the ore shpments from the.se properties  for the season.  The Noble Five will be a regular and  heavy shipper from Sandon early in the  spring. The immense ore body lately  encountered is being-blocked out ready  for stoping.  The owners have hit another stake  in the property adjoining- the Noonday.  Recent development work has shown  up a good ore body and..it is the right  kind of stuff, too.  Work is being steadily pushed on the  Marion, Silver mountain, New Denver,  and the ore bodies are improving  greatly as work goes on. Shipments of  ore will not be'made at present  It is tins intention of tho owners of  the Anglo-Saxon, on Silver mountain,  overlooking New Denver, to resume  work on this promising group as soon  as the danger from slides is over.  Everything about the Convention is  quiet. The property is opening up  more favovably tnan'the owners expected and they are highly pleased with  the excellent showing now made.  It is reported that the Enterprise mine  will be opened up in full swing this  spring, employing a large force of men  and increasing tiie ore shipments from  the lake in a very' substantial manner.  Work on the March Bird will be  started in a few days This property  adjoins the Pinto of the Mollie Hughes  group, and has a strong quartz ledge  showing-, carrying good values in silver  and small in gold.  If the shipment of ore from the Slo-.  can mines continues as heavy as it  has been in the past two months, the  record for the year will be a phenominal  one, ,the total shipments reaching a  probable figure of 50,000 tons.  Work is progressing favorably on the  Royal Five group. New Denver. The  ledge has been shown up by a 30-foot  tunnel, and the ore is of a most encouraging nature The owners, Messrs.  Ray, et al, of Vancouver, have, a local  representative, who is directing the  work.  The working force is being increased  at the Comstock. The concentrator is  now in operation and the great dumos  of   concentrating   ore   are   gradually  runs within ;i quarter of a mile of the  California mine, situated on Silver  mountain, a short walk from the post-  office. This of course is a mistake. As  the crow flies, the Emily Edith, Comstock, Wakefield and several other Four  Mile properties are undoubtedly closer  to New Denver than any other town on  the lake, but Silverton affords the natural outlet to the lake for these properties.  Comparisons are odious, but in the  present case, to show what a great  thing the Northwest Syndicate has in  the Bosun mine, it will be necessary to  compare it with the Wakefield, the  leading shipper of Four Mile. That  property has been working steadily for  many many months, and thousands of  dollars have been spent in development  work-. In the past year it has shipped  in the neighborhood of 700 tons. The  Bosun, with a force of from 20 to 25  men, has been in operation not more  than'half a year, and its output has  been GS7 tons', or only 20 tons less than  the great Four Mile shipper. Of course,  when the Wakefield is prepared to ship  regurlarly, during the summer as well  as the winter, the shipments from that  property will be much heavier.  LOCAL    CHIT-CHAT.  diminishing as it is being run to the  mill. In addition to the concentrating  ore taken out, two tons of clean ore are  sacked daily.  On the Hartney, another of the coming  "Teat mines on Silver mountain, a fine  body of ore is showing. -Development  work has stopped temporarily, as this  property, like the others on which work  was started in the fall, is not in a position for the workmen to be protected  from the danger of snow slides.  The Emily Edith is sorting ore for  another shipment, which will probably  be made next week. The ore body has  been encountered in the No. 3 tunnel of  this property, and great quantities are  now being taken out. The force numbers 25 men, several of whom are from  New Denver, where their families reside.  A shaft has been sunk 28 feet on the  R. D. Fraction, adjoining the townsite  and a few hundred feet this way from  the Bosun, and a strong quartz'ledge.  IS inches in thickness" has been encountered. The ore is strongly diffused  with iron, and has every indication that  it will shortly run into'ore. The walls  and ledge matter resemble in every  particular that found on the Bosun, and  it is the belief of the owners that they  have here another mine.  If it were possible to believe a Silver-  ton report the Emily Edith mine is  situated only a short distance from New  Denver. Surveyors are credited with  having said that the Emilv Edith trail  New Denver's grip 'patients are recovering slowly.  A ball will be given in Slocan City on  the evening of March 17th.  Bruce White stopped off at New Denver Tuesday en route to Sandon.  Miss Farris has returned to New  Denver, and is visiting her sister Mrs.  G. L. Estabrooks.  Word has been received that H. T.  Bragdon' has located in Columbia, not  Republic as has been stated.  The bandsmen will give a popular  concert and dance in the Bosun Hall on  the night of St. Patrick's day.  Rev. Cleland, of Sandon, will hold  services in the Presbyterian church  Sunday morning at 11 o'clock.  The 17th of Ireland is to be generally  celebrated in the Slocan. A dance is oil  in all the camps heard from to date.  Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Merino came in via  Nelson Monday morning, and are comfortably domiciled in their home on  Sixth street.  March came in on schedule time.  Shortly after 1 o'clock on the morning  of the 1st, the heaviest windstorm of the  year swept down the mountain passes.  Everybody is invited to attend the  '"At Home" next Wednesday evening  to be given by the K. of P*. lodge in  their Castle Hall. An enjoyable time  is assured.  It is reported that the sanitary nuisance that New Denver and Silverton  have been pestered with for the past  year or more is soon to be abolished and  the adoption of the old system permitted by the powers that lie'.  The remains of the infant child of  Mr. and Mrs. Hawke, Sandon, were  buried in New Denver cemeterv last  Wednesday morning-, and on Thu'rsdav  the little babe of Mr. and Mrs. Archie  McDonald, Silverton, was interred.  : Jim Bowes, the best known, most appreciated and highly esteemed pioneer  of Silverton, was recently married to  one of the fairest daughters of Listowel,  Ont. At last reports the happy couple  were spending- their honevmoon in  Ontario.  I'XCKKASIXG    ITS    FORCE.  The force of workmen on the Bosun  has been increased this month to 25.  Work on the' No. 3 tunnelTwas started  Saturday. This opening Mill tap the  ore bodies  lot.)  feet deeper down than  the No. 2 and will increase the output  of the mine considerably when ore is  encountered there. The shipments  from the mine in February reached 100  tons, hi January 120 tons were sent  out. The shipments for March will be  up to the average, while in April and  throughout the summer, the output will  be largely increased.  Of the 25 men employed in the mine  at least 20 are residents of New Denver,  many preferring to live here with their  families and walk to arid from work.  A few are living at the mine in Mr.  Harris'residence, but none are fed or  housed by the mine management.' The  Bosun has no boarding house, and the  men are permitted to take their money  without any deductions for board or  store, and spend it where they choose.  The mine being so close to town the  men are able to come in daily, and the  manager and engineer make daily trips  to the workings from the company's  comfortable office here. A few more  properties like the Bosun and New  Denver will lead them all, for where  they are so conveniently situated the  workmen can enjoy the comforts of their  home and family, going daily to then-  work as would 'a business man to his  place of business.  THK   ESTIMATES   PRESENTED.  The  estimates    and   supplirnentary  estimates   were   presented last  week,  the  financial   year   ending  June  For  HOSPITAL   NEWS.  W. Gallop, who came in from the  Ivanhoe on Jan. 1st, suffering from  rheumatism, is convalescent and will be  discharged in a few days.  Russell Donald, whose toe was broken  by a falling timber in the Last Chance,  is able to be around and will be out of  the hospital this week.  Martin Knight was discharged on the  18th, after two weeks confinement with  infiamatory rheumatism.  A. Morrison, sulfering from blood  poisoning in a cut on the knee, has  been discharged. He came from Gen-  elle's saw mill.  G. N. Brown, manager of the Queen  Bess, spent one day iri'the hospital, and  returned to the mine on the 17th.  Michael Doinico came in from the  Evening Star and was treated for otitis  media, leaving to resume work on the  24th.  John McPhee is being treated for  erysipelas in the hand, the result of a  dog- bite.  30th, 1900, the receipts are estimated at  Sl,539.f)89,   and    the  expenditures   at  ?1,764,873. There are many radical  changes in the details of expenditure.  The-grants to hospitals, for instance,  estimated at ��10,000, are to be paid on  the basis of S500 to each, and 50 cents  per diem for the actual treatment of  every patient. The only g-rants to  resident physicians provided are: Ashcroft, $300; "Nicola, $400 ; lower part of  Cariboo, S500; 150- Mile -House,. $300 ;  Salt Spring Island, -3200; and West  Coast, $500.'  The public works appropriations include 810,000 for Government buildings  at Atlin and other places in Cassiar.  The Avail and bridge appropriations  include the following.- Yale. North,  Sll.OOO; Yale, East. $13,000; Yale, West,  88,000; Lillooet, East, S6,000; Lillooet,  West, 84,000; Cariboo, 89,000; Kootenav,  East, North and South, 89,000 each" ;  Kootenay West, Revelstoke, Nelson,  Slocan, and Rossland, 815,000 each;  Cariboo trunk road, 824,000.  In the supplementary estimates for  xhe current year,ending June 30th next,  there is provided tor a court house at  Rossland, $9,000 additional, and for a  court house at Nelson 85,000 additional.  The appropriations for the Slocan  division of West Kootenav, for the year  ending June 30, 1900, areas follows:  THE PAYNE EARNINGS!  VSt  KASLO.  Assessor and collector   Clerk   Clerk   Mining recorder   Registrar, county court   Fire department   Recorder's office (old debt)...  900  1,080  720  480  300  100  41  Total      SLOCAN MINING DIVISION,.  Roads and bridges   Public school, Slocan Citv   Public school. Sandon.   Public school. Silverton   M jinny; recorder, Slocan City   Mining recorder, Nakusp...'   Mining recorder. New Denver   Repairs to public buildings.   Collector, Nakusp -.'.   Registrar, New Denver   Public;school, New Denver   School teacher, Sandon   Fire department. Sandon   OUKKX    BKSS    MINE.  Between 60 and 75 men are now employed at the Queen Bess mine. The  mine continues to improve under development, and the lowest tunnel is  now in ore for a distance of nearly 100  feet, this ore being the continuation in  depth of the big ore chute in the tunnel  above. Another ore chute has been  struck in the uppermost tunnel, at a  considerable depth from the sin face.  It is expected that heavv shipments will  be made in March. Since Mr.H. T.  Butcher, superintendent, resigned in  January, Mr ft. Noel Brown has been  acting manager, assisted by Mr. H. B.  Williams. As lately announced all the  ore from the mine is now being shipped  to the Hall Mines smelter at Nelson  via Roseberv.  Total...  �� 3,000  ���<15.000  .2,000  .2.000  1,500  1,080  - 720  (SOO  '    500  ���120  300  300  240  100  .���324,700  SMKIiTKK    COMBIXJE.  gathers  ought to be  man in  the  Just now there is seemingly an unwarranted rush into the Boundary  country. Hundreds are going there  seeking employment, some are finding  it, others are not and the great majority  will be sorely disappointed before they  are many months older.  If one half the people who are,now  going to the Boundary Creek towns  would stay where they are and make  the best' of their opportunities they  would be vastly better off three months  hence "A rolling stone gathers no  moss,'' is a proverb that  borne in mind by every  Slocan.  A battle of giants will be witnessed  this summer in the Slocan and Boundary Creek districts. Mr. ''Jim" Hill  and Sir William Van Home will struggle for the mastery. As competition of  this kind is the very best thing for the  mining interests, the mine-owners in  those 'parts are saying, "Let 'em all  come !"��� B. C. (London) Review.  A missionary meeting was held Tuesday evening in the Methodist church, at  which Revs. Woods, Sandford and  Powell spoke on the objects of the meeting and of the great need of missionary  work at home and abroad. Mr. Sandiford presided. The audience was not-  large owing to the severity of the  weather, but the meeting was highlv  successful in every respect.  Option*  Secured     for    the  <'onsoli<lal ion.  Purpose    of  says .-  on   all  Op-  the  The Wall Street Journa  tions have been secured  principal smelter companies of the country for the purpose of consolidating,  with the exception of those owned by  the Guggenheiiners located in Mexico,  Perth Amboy, N.J., and Pueblo, Col.  More & Schley are understood to hold  these options, and it is stated that as  soon as the final details are completed  the new company will be formallv organized Those which will go into the  consolidation will be the Omaha and  and Grant Company, the Consolidated  Kansas City Smelting and Refining  Company, the Pueblo Smelting Company, the National Smelting Company,  the United Smelting- Companv, and tiie  Gerinania Smelting Companv.  The present capitalization of these  companies is $25,000,000, and the annual  -net profits range from 12 to 15 per cent.  The capitalization of the new company  will be probably 850,000,000 divided  equally into preferred and common  stock.  The new company will be authorized  to mine, smelt, refine ore into silver,  gold, lead, copper and its other constituent quantities. There is not likely  to be any friction from the fact that m  important a concern as the Guggen-  heimers may he included in the consolidation, as there will be an understanding that the present arrangement  respecting the interchange of business  will not be seriouslv disturbed.  For the maintenance of public institu-  tutions it will cost this year 5111,610.  For legislation, ��31,525: and for the  civil service S176,662.  To meet the demands of the public  debt $362,330 was voted as follows : Interests, 2-12.123.42; sinking fund, $104,-  566.S8; premium and exchange, $2,500 ;  discount, and commission, ��3,140; redemption of debentures, $10,000.  Fifty thousand dollars was appropriated in aia of hospitals and charities.  The hospitals get $500 each and 50 cents  per diem for actual treatment of every  patient.  For the administration of justice the  estimated cost is placed at $247,438. Of  this $134,838 is for salaries, and $112,600  for other purposes.  Silverton is given $1,500 for a school  building, in the supplirnentary estimates, and New Denver, $300, for fence  building, cleaning lot, etc. Sandon gets  $2,000 for school building and additions,  and also an extra teacher for four  months in the year.  The estimated cost of public works to  be done this vear is placed at $335,-  69S.50. Of this the West Kootenav  district gets $60,000, or $15,000 for each  riding, Revelstoke, Slocan, Nelson and  Rossland.  New Denver's fire department will  get the same Government aid it was  given last year.  The ollice of mining recorder at New  Denver, has been cut to $50 per month,  while that at Slocan City, where less  than half the amount of business is  transacted, is put in the $90 column.  At Kaslo the mining recorder gets  only $10 per month. Rossland $50 : Nelson, $100, and clerk $70; Nakusp. $60;  Revelstoke. $75 j  There is no allowance in the Government estimates the ensuing year for;  any salary for the Government agent ]  at New Denver, and therefore., after  June 30, that ollice will probably be  shelved, and all business relating to the  same will have to be transacted at  Nelson.  The office of County Court registrar  will remain at New Denver. Registrar  Sproat retaining that ollice as heretofore.  The amount of salaries paid to the  school teachers of the Province is estimated at $215,000. The total cost of  maintaining the educational department  is placed at $304,560.  It is shown in the budget speech that  a deficiencv of between "$1,700,000 and  $1,800,000 lias to be provided for by July  1st next and a loan of ��350.000 will be  negotiated in order to make good this  deficiency. In addition to this, however, the Government will probably  have to provide $800,000 to payithe subsides on the construction of the railroad  from Robson to Penticton.  The stock of  the  Payne Mining Company, of. British Columbia, Limited, was  listed on the Toronto  Stock Exchange  the  other day, and on the Mining Exchange.    The  report   of the company,  from  its   commencement   until   April  30th, 1898, the date of  the last annual  meeting,' shows  almost   unprecedented  success.    It is a record of advancement,  and no apology  need  be made for quoting it in full.    The  report is  signed by  Mr.  YV.  L.   Hoge,   President,  and  Mr.  F. E. Sarhent,  secretary, and  reads as  follows:  "We have the pleasure qf submiltmg  to you the following brief report of the  Payne Mining Company, from the commencement to April 30th, 1898, and  including returns received on all ore  shipments   to   that   date.    It is in  no  sense a report of the operations of the  Payne Mining Company alone, bul covers also the period from October, 1896,  to' April 1st, 1897, during which time  the mine was operated by Messrs. A.  W. McCune, Scott McDonald, and W.  L. Hodge, the owners, who, however,  turned over to this Company all the  profits realized during that period after  deducting the cost of operating, said  profits amounting to $85,000. The shut  down of the mine in April, caused by  the fire, enabled us to clean up, and  furnished us with an opportunity to  make a complete statement, and we  have made it to cover the entire output  of the mine from the beginning, thinking such a statement would be more  satisfactory to the present stockholders  of the company than a statement from  April, 1S97, when the company took possession of tbe property.  There were mined and shipped-to  the smelters during that period 17,468  tons of dry ore, which yielded 1,831,6000  ounces of fine silver, and 17,786,000  pounds of lead, and netted the Companv  $973,932.45.  The profit and loss account shows a  credit balance of $627,089.42, of which  amount $550,0000 in dividends have been  paid, "leaving a balance on hand of $77,-  089.43 in cash and book accounts.  The company has thus paid in dividends more than 60 per cent, of its receipts over and above the purchase price  of the mine, all the improvements and  the costs of operation.  It is a most remarkable showing, and  speaks volumes for the great vauleof the  property.  A fire broke out in April, 1898, at the  mine, near the mouth of tunnel No. 3,  which consumed the ore house, blacksmith shop, rock breaker, and the upper  end. of the tramway. The head oi the  tramway has been rebuilt, lower down  the hill, at tunnel No. 5, thus avoiding  the steepest part of the grade and shortening the line, and the rockbreaker has  been set up at the shipping point on the  Kaslo & Slocan Railway, and will be run  by water power.  As a result of these changes the cost  per ton of extracting ore and the total  cost of operation should be less in the  future than in the past.  The mines were owned and worked by  the Payne Mine, from October, 1896, to  April, 1897, and by the Payne Mining  Company from April, 1S97, to April, 1S98.  The financial statements herewith show  the combined receipts and expenses of  both companies.  In tbe financial statements one finds  details of expenditure that are very interesting. Thus the total cost of working  the mines to April 30th is tabulated as  follows :  Genera! expense.* ..  Salaries   iialance profit, to balance sheet.  Cr.  Ore sales.  Boarding  Charity..  Hospital .  Di-  house.  28.H16 49  5,08.1 (10  S   300,289 54  . (527.080 42  075.032 45  11,343 (iii  82 00  20 85  987,378 90  idends paid up to April 30,1898.. .��  550,000 OO  Dividends since April 30,1898 :  April..  S.tO.000  liny     25,000  June.. a    25,000  July     25,000  A ugiist     25,000  September    50,000  October    50,000  November  100,000  December    50,000  January. 1899    f5,000  February      25,000  450,000 00  Total .-51,000,000 00  Up to April 30th, 1898, the company  paid $230,7S6 duty on lead contents of  ore, all of which was shipped to the  smelters in the United States. The  freight and smelter charges for the  same period amounted to $362,986. As  soon as the Canadian Pacific Railway  erects smelters for the treatment of  silver-lead ores and the new silver-  lead smelter of the Hall Mines Company is completed, it will be seen that  a great saving can be effected in duty  and freight.  The earnings of the mine at present  are said to be about $70,000 net per  month.  This Company is capitalized for $2,-  500,000, in 1,000,000 shares, par value, $1  each.  The stock has, as stated, been listed  in the Montreal and Toronto stock exchanges, and sold the other day at $3.30.  Upon the basis of the dividends paid for  the eight months ending December 31st,  189S, this stock is paying about 18 per  cent, on the present price.  LOTS    OF    MONTREAL    CAPITAL.  Tram way   Wayon road   Iiuildintfs   Labor   Supply and equipment.  I 'Cxplosives   Assaying   C.-mdk-s   i Stable   Interest and exchange.  Customs   I lien Hill   I .J. It. Wav   I'eter Nelson      On; sacking-   Ore hauling   General expenses   Salaries   Investments   IO.KH  31  0.157  -'i  i;..l!H  90  132.715  20  15 ,'W7  51  3.771  K9  2,K''.I  SO  2,-1 M.-i  IK)  1 .IHlii  o.i  INS  ia  u  OO  52  ,".()  211  31  all  ml  15,79ii  3.1  19,53a  ')'*  ���-'S.illii  ���19  5,08-1  I'D  75,321  30  ���S   ;|)>0,2S9 51  Taking next  the   balance sheet,   the  liabilities are set out as follows :  Capital stock, 1.000,000 shares at >'2.5n. .s2,5ui.ono no  l'rolir and loss account    ..>027,OS9 12  Lass dividends paid  55.oo0 on.   ���   77awa 42  S2.577.iiK9  12  The assets are as follows :  Mineral claims *2,499,9S2 52  Subscriptions  17 50  Cash and book accounts       77,OM) 42  The nrofit and loss account is thus set  out:  Dr.  Mr. R. W. Jameson, member of the  Dominion House, for Winnipeg, acci-  dently shot himself at his residence last  Tuesday.  Investments  Improvements ������  Labor   Ores.ickhiH:   Ore miuling   Mine .supply   75,321 40  50,713 13  132,71a 20  10,790 33  19,530 (12  2��-.,4.S8 Ol  Smith Curtis, of Rossland, recently  returned from an extended visited to  Montreal and Toronto, where he has  been on mining business. Mr. Curtis  is a shrewd observer of men and his  views are always interesting. In  speaking of his trip and its results, he  said to the Miner :  "I found money for legitimate investments very plentiful in Montreal. But  apart from the class who buy shares for-  pure speculative purposes,capitalists are  very chary of parting with their cash  unless first satisfied of the merits of  the property and of the reasonable  certainty of its becoming a mine.  Hence dividend paying shares are keenly sought and the competition is so  great that dividends will giv�� but five  or six per cent, per annum on the price  paid. Next shares in partially developed properties disclosing pay "ore in  quantity meet with ready sale. Any  other class of property is not in vogue  at all. The interest in Rossland is unabated, but there is some disappointment that so long a time is necessary to  develop a prospect into a shipper, 'the  interest will be very keen as soon as  two or three additional steady shippers  are added to the list.  "All eyes are turned to the Boundary  country, and Montreal capital is already  well represented there, and will lead in  the development of that magnificent  mining region, So far there has been  no sag in the shares of any Boundary  company floated in the east, but in  nearly every case the shares have  greatly increased in value. The Montreal people, fortunate enough to get in  the syndicate recently acquired by the  1*5. (A mine in Summit Camp are feeling  good, and will, undoubtedly, make a  big thing out of it. Major Leckie is to  be congratulated on engineering this  deal, and the development of the property will doubtless confirm the high  opinion which 1 found Montreal share  investors entertained of his ability as a  mining engineer.'*  F-'resIi    Revenue    Sources.  The Toronto Telegram says: There is  still a great doubt as to the terms of the  revenue-producing legislation Hon. R.  H. Harcourt is to introduce. The Government has been gathering information  as to tbe taxpaying capabilities of various institutions, and provisions will be  made for annual provincial tax on the  following: Banks, loan companies, building societies and telephone companies.  Taxation will not apply to street railway  companies in any municipality smaller  than a city. Hon. Richard "Harcourt  will call upon the railway companies to  stand and deliver.  Jas. McDermit, one of the Wakefield  force, spent three days in the hospital  suffering with forticuliis. He was dis-  charg-ed on the 26th. THE LEDGE, NEW DKNVBR, B.C., MARCH 2, 1899.  Sixth Yeab  The Ledge.  Published every Thursday.  R. T. L.OWERY, Editor and Financier.  SUBSCRIPTION RATES:  Three months ���* .75  Six "  1.25  Twelve  "         2.00  Three years  5.00  Transient Advertising, 25 cents per line first in  sertion, 10 cents ]>er line subsequent insertions  nonpareil measurement.  TO CONTRIBUTORS.  C jrrespondenee from every part of the Kootenay  District and  communications   upon  live topics  always acceptable.   "Write on both sides of the  pajier if you wish.   Always send something good  no matter how crude.   Get your copy in while it  s hot. and we will do the rest  A pencil cross hi this square  indicates that your subscription is due, and that the editor  wishes once again to look at  your collateral.,  f BURSDAF, MARCH 2, 1899.  PAltTISAN    UtlNDN'KSS.  It is surprising as well as amusing  to see how blind to the merits of an  opposing party some newspapers of  prominence  can   become.   For  example, the Vancouver World can not  see one iota of good  that tbe Semlin-  Ma-rtin government has done since it  came into power.    Indeed,   it apparently   believes that Messrs. Senilin-  Martin et al, are out-and-out traitors,  rascals,   cutthroats,   and  everything  else that's bad.   It says, commenting  upon the return  of Mr. Hume from  Nelson:     "We think  it   advisable,  too. that the Government should be  given all the rope possible in view o^  an early dissolution of the House and  its decisive overthrow.   It has been  making such a terrible hash of things,  regarding the principles of a centuri-  ed constitution, as so much rubbish,  decapitating old and tried servants,  arousing sectional feeling and insulting the  old  flag that  protects the  Canadian people that we are convinced it will never see daylight when  the  voters   are   given a chance to  speak.    Then the struggle must be a  distinctly courageous   and   patriotic  one and the endeavor made, faithfully  and earnestly, to give Martinism its  deathblow.    It will  be the duty of  every devoted subject of the Crown to  take a hand in the fight, to throw his  coat off and put  up such a battle <*s  British Columbia  has  never before  seen,"  Newspapers are credited with being  "moulders   of public  opinion/' but  here is an instance where the private  opinion of the World ought to  have  received a greater amount of moulding before being expressed publicly.  The   intelligent  public   is  quite as  capable, of seeing   how   events are  shaping as the editor of the World,  and it  is nonsense   to  raise such a  calamity cry against men  who are  quite as desirous of helping the Province along and affording just and  equitable laws for the people, as Mr.  Turner and his supporters ever were.  larger or smaller proportion of such  cash or land subsidies.  "What British Columbia needs as  regards railroad extension is not the  services of the   'honest broker,' who  makes a business of acquiring and  selling   railroad   charters  and subsidies,   but the work of actual line  constructors    and    after   operators.  When such men 'talk business,' and  make offers which embody the giving  et sufficient return values to the Province,   there is no doubt that such  offers will be well and when possible,  favorably considered by British Columbia's   administration.     Such return consideration has certainly not  been given to British Columbia in  many instances of the past, and Mr.  Cotton was easily able to show, when  Colonel Baker unwisely interrupted  him iii the course of a reference to the  history of the Crow's Nest Pass Railroad project, that a yery large proportion  of the Provincial coal land  concessions   then  made  passed into  hands of mere charter vendors and  their associates, realizing for them a  profit, not yet capable of full estimation, but likely  to rise to a value of  several millions Of dollars.   Yet the  Crow's Nest charter vendors never  constructed a single mile of railroad,  nor did they expend, on preliminary  efforts in that direction,   more than a  very moderate sum,   the  Canadian  Pacific Railroad in the end obtaining  the charter granted on terms which  left the  speculators  in   possession of  enormous values in coal lands granted by the Province in  return for the  building of the railroad."  000. Turning to the railways, it is  found that, despite the rate "war, the  gross earnings of the Canadian Pacific  were $25,795,000, as compared with  $23,822,000, while those of the Grand  Trunk were $24,11-2,000, as compared  with ��23,630,000. This result was, of  course, largely owing to the fact that  the agricultural interests of the Dominion enjoyed a prosperous 12 months,  while the shipping season in Montreal  was the best on record. The exports of  grain increased by 20,000,000 bushels,  and about 19,000,000 bushels of American maize was handled at Montreal for  export, as compared with about 9,000,-  000 bushels in the previous year. Proper  terminal and shipping facilities are  much wanted here, and though for  years past works hare been under way,  they have proceeded at a snail's pace,  and the first new wharf was begun only  last autumn. Besides the erection of  modern wharves and aDpliances, the  plans adopted contemplate the construction of elevators, the building of a  large dry dock, and the deepening and  straightening of the ship channel to  Quebec, in which latter undertaking  good progress- lias been already made.  IF   -WE    WOULD.  TIT    FOR   TAT.  There is a great demand in New \  Denver for last summer's straw hats.  If enough can be collected a charity  feed will be given to the half-starved  pack animals that are permitted to  run loose over the townsite, contrary  to law and decencv.  STOP    TUK    CHAKTKB   MO.VGKKS.  The Railway Subsidy Repeal Bill  has passed the local Legislature. This  bill knocks out all of the outrageous  subsidy measures passed by the  Turner Government in favor of the  charter mongers that live and grow  fat dealing in these Government franchise "snaps" as so much merchandise. None of these measures passed  by the Turner government were in  favor of any legitimate railroad company, and the franchises were held  for speculative purposes only by people who had no means of carrying  out the purposes of the measures, and  were simple holding them waiting for  an opportunity of turning the franchises over to some railroad company  that would build.  It does not appear, to he the policy  ot the Government to oppose railroad  expansion   in   British.   Columbia.    It  will, on the contrary, encourage such  extension when  useful   proposals are  made by men who  themselves mean  railroad    building    and     working.  Speaking along these lines, the News-  Advertiser,    of    Vancouver,    says:  "The Government will   not vote any  very large sums ol   public money to  mere   intermediaries,    risking   and  spending the veriest minimum themselves, and as a rule making most of  their small expenditure,  not on work  directed towards construction,  but on  correspondence, travelling, wire-pulling,    lobbying,   and   other   efforts,  intended   in   effect   to   secure,   and  thereafter  negotiate a transfer ol" the  Provincial  charter   rights and  sub  sidies; on terms  involving  the retention by  themselves,   as  profits, of a  At a Conservative meeting held in  Toronto   last  Friday   evening,   Sir  Charles Tupper, leader of the Parlia  mentary Opposition,   denounced   as  shameful the terms offered by the  United  States in   settlement of the  Alaskan  boundary dispute.     "And  this,"   indignantly   .exclaimed    Sir  Charles, "after winning in a struggle  which   but   for Great 'Britain's aid  might have had no such glorious end.  The United States has taken a position she should be ashamed to assume.  A more monstrous insult was never  flung in the face of the Commissioners.   I am astonished that men like  Lord   Herschell    and   Sir    Wilfred  Laurier continued the negotiations a  single moment after that proposition  was made:    As a representative of  Her Majesty's   loyal   Opposition,    I  enter my solemn  protest against the  proceeding.    The American demand  is preposterous in the extreme.   They  say in effeet that the treaty will be  over-ridden and hold the line of communication so that they may plunder  the British Yukon for the next 20 or  30 years.''  Generally, Sir Charles contended  that Canada should enact laws in  reference to alien labor, mining laws,  etc., exactly similar to those enacted  by the United States ; that whenever  the United States passed any statute  ot this kind, Canada should place its  counterpart on her statute books.  If we would but check the speaker.  When he snoils his neighbor's fame:  If we would but help the erring,  Ere we utter words of blame;  If we would, how many might we  Turn from paths of sin and shame?  Ah. the wrong that might be righted,  If we would but see the way !  Ah, the pain that might be righted,  every hour and every day.  If we would but hear the pleadings  Of the hearts that go astray !  Let us step aside the stronghold  Of our selfishness and pride ;  Let us lift our fainting brothers ;  Let us strengthen ere we chide ;  Let us. ere we blame the fallen.  Hold a light to cheer and guide  Ah, how blessed���ah, how blessed  Earth would be, if we'd but try  Thus to aid and right the weaker  Willis to check each brother's sigh ;  Thus to :alk of duty's pathway  To our better life on high.  In each life, however lowly.  There are seeds of mighty good ���,  Still, we shrink from soul's apt>eahng.  With a timid. "If we could !*'  But tho. ,.od who judgeth all things  Knows the truth is���''If we would."  tratiilH* y*-w^-**^v-"^n>fc1t  ok of .Montreal  i  o  .'Established '1817..'  Capital (all paid up) $12,000,000.00  Reserved fund : : 6,000,000.00  Undivided profits :   :     981,328.04  HEAD   OFFICE,   MONTREAL.  Rt. Hon. Lord Strathcona ajd Mount Roval, GiC.M.G. President.  Hon. G. A. Drtjmmond, 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  I  i-^naanoCTarci  V!U^J!f <VJ^  Mine in the Mountains, hut Live on the Lake  A   SAI>    LESSON.  WHEN'    PA    GETS   OUT    OP   BED.  I needn't hurry home from school, nor  care a  cent no more  About how mother feels because I git my trousers  tore  I go a-skating when I |please, and stay till I git  through.  And never need to think about what she will say  or do���  They ain't a minute in the day that I don't raise  old Xed,  Because my pa has got the grip and can't get  out ofbed.  Some people think the grip is tough, the doctors  call it bad;  My teacher says that its the worst disease she  ever had ;  She's sorry fer my pa, because she knows jist how  he feels���  About the only thing she has is ijulninu fer her  meals���  But still I kind of like it after I've been raisin'  Xed.  Because since it's g-ot hold of pa he can't get out  of bed.  I'm sorry for the boy whose pa has never had the  grip���  That is it he's the kind of pa that   keep3 a strap  and whip:  My pa don't never punish me except when I've  been bad.  Hut, jinmnee!   1 tell you then is when he makes  ine sad.  And that's  why all the time when I'm out somewhere raisin' Ned  I can't help dreiidin'  what'll  come  when pa gits  out of bed.  S. E. Kiser. iu Chicago News.  l'KOORKSS    OK    CANADA    IN    ISHS.  '{(Minirkablo prosperity is evinced by  the figures  published  recently ;it Montreal,  where,  according- to press telegrams, the bunkers clearing-houses east  of  Winnipeg   give   total   clearings of  !?I.:5fl0,019,000, as compared with $1,174,-  TlO.UOoin   1807, a   gain   of $-215,209,000,  tiie  largest  increase  ever recorded  in  the   Dominion.    Vancouver   and   Victoria,   B. C,  tire  not  included in  the  comparison   given,   as the totals   are  incomplete.'  Tin: records for December  were  sf.3, !.()2,ooo  and   $2.S1,S,OUO respectively.    Montreal led  with clearings of  ol" $71:*,000,000,  Toronto  followed  with  $U'8,U!)O,O!)0, and   Winnipeg- came third  with   sfno,000,000.    The   failure  record  is   also   most   favorable,   the  number  being     l.,l-!7,     or    500   less    than     in  lsnr!    The liabilities were $0.<S 14,000, as  compared   with   $1 P., 1-18,000,   while the  proportion   of  assets  to liabilities was  over 1--2.-IO   per  cent.,  as against about  :'8 per cent.    The trade  returns for the  entire year  are  not available,   but for  the   1.1.   mouths  ended  November   the  aggregate foreign   trade was $-274,218,-  Speaking editorially of the recent  murder of James Lacey in Spokane, the  Spokesman-Review says: "Thefamily  connections of James Lacey were among  the best in eastern Canada. He had  the endowment of every aid to correct  and successful living. He was reared  in a Christian home, and was given a  university education. But there was a  wild strain somewhere in his blood, and  he died ignominiously in a crowded  gambling hall���died 'with his boots  on.' What a lesson for the young men  of Spokane and everywhere ! And a  lesson, too, for Spokane fathers who  wink at the continued and increasing  presence of flagrant, barefaced resorts  of immorality and vice.  "The tragedy of last Saturday night,  when Lacey was murdered in the  crowded gambling hall of the Coeur  d'Alene, was one of the most shocking  occurrences in the history of this city.  The circumstances were almost savage  in their coarse lack of feeling. 'The  murder occasioned scarcely an interruption to the stupendous run of vice  and lawlessness which is carried on  unceasingly beneath a single roof, and  that roof just across from the city hall.  Beneath that roof more than 1.00 men  and women are employed to pander to  the viler passions of mankind���the thirst  for strong drink, the lust of sex, the  gambler's greed.  "And this hideous saturnalia is defended by some upon the plea that it is  all for the city's welfare. God save the  mark! The day is coming when Spokane will rue this folly. It will come to  its senses, as Denver did years ago.  Its business men will become aroused  to the truth that great cities are not  built on such crumbling foundations.  "Denver stamped out its coarse resorts of vice and iniquity, because its  business men saw that it was better to  make their town a center of refinement  and education than of vice and lawlessness. The result has been that families  of wealth in all the vast country from  Mexico on the south to Canada on the  north have gathered at Denver for the  better education of their sons and  daughters. They g-o there in confidence, knowing that vice and immorality  are curbed with a strong hand. There  is not a shadow of doubt that if Denver  had gone on in the wild abandon of its  earlier days, hundreds of men of wealth  would have taken their families to other  cities, it would have lost untold millions  of capital, and its growth would have  been retarded."  A Toronto despatch says : "The terrible news of young Jim Lacey's death  in a gambling saloon at Spokane, came  as a thunderbolt to the lad's father on  Sunday last. The relatives were making great preparations for the boy's  return home from the west this week.  In March last young Lacey left his  comfortable home at 88 Grove avenue,  to go into .business at Vancouver, B.C.,  being sent out by his father, who gave  him a substantial sum of money. 'The  dead man is -22 years of age and the  only son of John Lacey, superintendent  of the Toronto branch of the Canadian  Rubber Company, whose extensive  headquarters are in Montreal. The  only uncle of deceased is also a prominent citizen here and is head bookkeeper  for this firm. Tbe distressed mother  and three young sisters also live at the  address."  For  C. S. RASHDALL.  -Votary Public.  A. E. FAUQUIER.  You may have your choice ot the  following residence lots:  In New Denver���A fine lot in good  position; size 50x130; cleared  and graded, good title, no encumbrance.  In Silverton���-A double corner, size  50x100 feet, cleared, .fine view  and clear frontage, wood and  water handy, title correct.  In Slocan City, W. A.���A special  residence lot, size 66x200 feet,  fine view, title correct.  A?'v"$500 will buy all of above lots.  Write P.O. Box 35, New Denver.  We do what we advertise to do.  RASHDALL & FAUQUIER  MINES & REAL ESTATE.  NEW DENVER, B.C.  MIX1XO INTERESTS BOUGHT,   SOLD   and BONDED.   INVITED���  Abstracts of Title to mineral claims.  CORRESPONDENCE  OTEL SANDON,  Sandon, B.C.  '-pHfS NEW HOUSE, with the old name, is  well equipped "to ��� accommodate a large  number of Guests. The building is plastered  and the rooms are unsurpassed for comfort in  the Slocan, while in the Dining Room can be  found the best food in the market.   Robert Cunning, Proprietor.  The Clifton House,  Sandon.  Has ample Accommodation* for a large number of people.     The rooms are large  and airy   and the Dining Room is provided  with everything  in tl.e market  Sample Rooms for Commercial Travelers. ,  John Buckley, Prop.  ranee  >>  Our goods and business  methods will do the  talking- this week. Go  where \ou <\-.n hear 'em  WALKER & BAKER.  Xew    Furniture Dealers and Rep;iivers  Denver's     (Jixlertnkers and Einlml ishm-s.  N. B. ���We have the only practical Unil'-rtakei-  and Enilialmer doing business in the Slocan.  Travelers  Will (ind the  Arlington Hotel  a pleasant place to stop at when in  SI can City.  GETIU'XG & HEXDERSOX, Proprietors.  H. Dhkwhy  Kaslo, B.C.  H. T.TwKiG  Xew Denver, B.C.  H. H. Knox,  Has removed to tin  Newmarket  DREWRY & TWIGG  Dominion and Provincial Land Surveyors  Civil and "Mining Engineers.  Bedford, McNeil Code.  itSTRashdall & Fauquier, Agents.  D  R. A.!S. MARS *  .UL  Dentist.  Kaslo, B C  Block and is prcnarert^to repair  every description of  Disabled  Watches.  Four   O'clock.  Graduate of American College of Denial Surgery  Chicago  /-^ WILLLM & JOHNSON. :  V.T (McGill)  Mining Engineers  & Analy-Chemists.  Slocan City,  |{ <;  REVEL8T0KE,  Headquarters for mining-  men. Everything- first-  class.     Kates, $2 a day.  V. PERKS, Proprietor.  "WANTED.  Industrious man of character to travel and appoint agents.   Salary and expenses paid  bRADLEY-GARRETSON COMPANV.Limited  Toronto.  Silverton.  J. M. M. BENEDICT,  Not everyone who looks at the dial of  a clock knows that the four I's, which  are in the place of the usual IV to  designate the number four, are there  because of the obstinacy of Charles V, of  France.    The story runs as follows:  When Henry Yiek carried to the king j  the first accurate clock, the king said!  to him that the IV was wrong, and;  should be changed to Till. Vick said : j  "You are wrong, your majesty." Where-i  at the king thundered out: "I am never!  wrong! Take it away and correct the!  mistake."' From that time to this day;  the four I's have stood as the mark of j  the fourth hour on the clock's face. |  I have been appointed  a^ent for the Leth-  bridge Coal Co.. and  will sell their products  at   reasonable    prices.  E. A. Cameron  SAN JON.  j-JOWARD WEST,  Assoc. R S'M, London, Eng  MINING ENGINEER,  ANALYTICAL CHEMIST.  & ASSAYER.  I'l-operties   examined    and    reporlcd  on   f,,r   n  tending purchasers.  Assay ollice and  Chemical   Laboratory,  Relic  v-ue ave. Xew Denver. li'C.  Fifty=two  Weeks with  dT'Z^ ^ i> . f��sci>iatiii��: study of the  B   Tfiil International Sunday School  v_�� XSVJI Lessons for 18!)9, now ready  Xo Christian, especially a  Clergyman or Teacher .should  he without it. Beautifully  bound m cloth of two colors,  with slifl" boards. Price.oub/  :-."�� cents. Strongly recommended by leading Clergy-  men. un sale by all book-  seJlcrs.orsent postpaid on the  price by,  BRADLEY-GARRETSOX^ CO.. Limited,  Publishers,  Toronto Canada.  ])/}_ L, GRIMMETT, L.L.B.  BARRISTER,  Solicitor, Notary Public, Etc  Sandon, B. C.  V  !-. FAUG;I'IKK.  NOTARY PUBLIC.  Nai;u>p. M.C.  ."Oh, mamma," asked a little girl,  "���why does the preacher always "say  'lastlv' in the middle of his sermon:-"'  ATLANTIC STEAMSHIP TICKETS.  To and from Eurnprn.n points via. Canadian  and American lines. Apply lor sailing dates,  rates, tickets and full information io any C. 1'.  Ry agent or���  (:"*-. li. OARRETT.'  C. 1'. R. Agent, Xew Denver.  WM. STITT, Sen. S. S. Agt,., Winnipeg.  THE MINERS EXCHANGE?  Three Forks, E. C. Weaver  NEW DENVER  Dealer in HAY, GRAIN,  ICE, WOOD, Etc  Livery and Feed Stables, General  Dray ing. Teams meet all boats and  Trains.  nmamiirasiBramnraiSBGSiSXSIsaS  mwm&wmmmrmmmm Sixth Year.  THE LEDttE, NEW DENVER, B.C., MARCH 2, 18y9.  \\  ON  A POSTER  BLUE.  Baid a Beardsley boy to a Bradley- girl  Whom he met ou a poster blue,  "I li-iven'i an idea who I am,  /.-ulivho tho deuce are you?"  Said the Bradley girl to the Beardsley boy  "HI tel'. you -wliat I think.  I c;p. e i.'iio being one night last week  VLwi a cat tipped over the ink."  ���Robert E. Peattie in Clack Book.  SWEETHEARTS ONCE.  "What!" exclaimed the laundress,  pausing iu coniitiug the linen. "Youdo  aot kuow what has become of Canaille?'-  'lhe young man in his shirt sleeves,  who was searching the disordered chamber-for cigarettes, stopped short and replied:  "Certainly not. How should I know?  It is so long since���and then, "be added, with an air of bored indifference,  "what docs it matter to me?"  "Oh, but I know where she lives���  and htrppily too!"  ,  , Thou, {���hatiaing her tone as she tied  up.her bundle, she said:  "However, if you do not care about  heariug"���  Maurier took long whiffs of his cigarette. .He had. the day before, after reading his brilliant 'thesis, received his diploma and was now an M. D. In another week ho wculd return to Trivas,  his native city. The name and memory  of Cauiille, the milliner, who had been  his sweetheart for a year, at the end of  which he had brr.squoly cast her off,  ���voir- not altogether nulifferent to him.  "(Ji.milJo! Oh, yes, that was a long  time ago!" he said as ho looked at the  laundress, a good, ugly soul from Versailles, when ho had employed since  his early student days.  "Not so long, after all," said the  laundress. Sbo was looking at him  now, her hands on her hips, her keen  face expressing a sort of maternal interest. She was not to be so,easily imposed upon.  She resumed:  "You wero rather cruel to the poor  little woman, weren't you?"   .-  Maurier shrugged his shoulders almost inipercepti bly as he took from his  closet a bottle of cognac and two glasses,  saying, as he tilled them:  "I broke with her when I found the  matter taking too serious a turn; that is  all. One must have amusement. But to  compromise a career���zut! To your good  health, Mother Legrain."  The laundress ay, she drank the brandy  said :  "It does not prevent her being happy  now."  As she did not continue, after a short  silence Maurier, curious, asked:  "What is she doing, anyway?"  "She is married. What do you think  of that? To a fat haberdasher���a handsome shon.rcii Jly���-Aux Trois Princesses,  Place Cli'clry."  "So much the better. "  "And   three   chik'rru���loves���round  nnd rosy as apples. ���   Y<u   would   never  recognize her, "said Mother Legrain insidiously.  "Do yon still see her?"  "Not longer ago than a week, M.  Maurier. I was at my door, Hue Morgue,  when she passed with her husband and  children. They had come to Versailles  to visit the chateau and the park. She  stopped ::ncl talked with me a full minute. Ai:d drc-rcii! Not as she used to  be���oh, no? One could see that her husband was well to do."  And satiy'lod, when Maurier feigned  to yawn, that he was imvaii.iy piqued  to interest, she slung the bundle of  clothes over her .shoulder with a "Good  dav, M. Maurier���until Monday���good  day."  Maurier prepared to go out, indulging  in the following monologue:  "Ah, me, prur Camilla! Well, it is  better so. She has found a chance to���  lias got married, in fact. Curious I  ohould so entirely have lost sight of her!  She was pretty, was Camille���a trifle  thin, but a good girl and full of droll  humor; a piquant face, always dusted  with pondrt* de riz, and her silky hair  like an aureole about her head. How the  years fly! And she is marrii.d, and I am  11 doctor, ripe for patients and domestic  life. Era! l.v, lam not curious, but it  would be quite amusing to see her again  ���to see her in Jier new surroundings.  And who knows? fc-he loved me when I  sent her J'lom me and afterward wrote  me heartbroken letters. She lives in  Place Clirky. eh? Stop a minute���bah,  she must have forgotten me! Still, does  a woman foiget when she has suffered?  No. It would be queer if, after all���  What have. I to risk? I leave Paris in a  week. I'll go to see her. My heart tells  ine to try my luck. "  With these edifying reflections Maurier went down and took the Odeon-  Clicliy omnibus, upon the top of which  he sat humming, until he reached hia  destination, Aux Trois Princesses. In the  windows looked out upon the world an  artistic arrajigement of silks and linen,  ;, k.restof w alking slicks and umbrellas  a::d gorgeous cravats. Alt-bough not  urge, the shop indicated prosperity.  Maurur hesitated, snuuenly embar-  :-:sst;d, not. daring to enter for fear of  iiconntcring tbe husband or perhaps a  clerk. At length, however, he entered.  Camille was behind the counter. He  recognized her at once. Her fair face  was dusted with ri: e powder, as it used  to he. Her silky hair formed a nimbus  about her head, as he remembered it.  bbe raised her eyes and glanced at him  rxpectant-ly, but with no sign of recognition.  "You wish something, monsieur?"  This greeting was unlocked for.    He  stammered:  "I would like some collars and neckties."  She came out from the counter, saying, "The ca rk is'at breakfast, but I  will show them to you."  She did not. look at him, opening the  boxes as though she had never seen him,  as though ly were a passing customer,  absolutely unknown. He felt actually  timid. She played her part without  affectation.  "These ties are the moBt worn. Here  is an English article bf very good quality :ind extremely reasonable."  Maurier steed mute and undecided.  "If she remembers me," he thought,  "she must think me a prodigious fool."  And believing that he saw hovering  about the corners of her lips an indefinable smile���a smile which he well knew  ���he said to himself, "She is paying  rae back, that's certain." So he, too,  ���.ry-an to smile, a foolish, fatuous grin,  �����ifA'h was promptly extinguished as he  ir.Jzed that she was not looking at  him, but seemed to be absently waiting  until he should make bis choice of a  cravat.  Finally he said desperately:  ' 'I will take this, and this, and that."  "Is there nothing else? Monsieur  wished to see collars. "  He nodded. "Why did he not speak?  He was alone with her, the clerk at the  midday meal, the husband absent, and  he could not say the words which were  strangling him:     ,  "Camille, it is I. Don't you remember me?"  Yes, undoubtedly she did. Again  there flitted across her lips that hall  smile so familiar to him. Certainly she  knew him.  "What size?" sho asked.  He made an awkward gesture of ignorance. She unrolled her tape measure  aud placed it in a businesslike manner  around Maurier's neck. For a second,  as she stood before him, their faces were  so near together that he could have  kissed her.  "Fifteen," she said, opening some  collar boxes for him to choose from. He  picked out four boxes; then, still unwilling   to  go, asked   to  see some um-  Jas. M. Patterson  &   Co.  Stationery  and a complete line of  Eyes tested and glasses  fitted for any vision  Whitewater, B.C.  f The  I St James  09  jv       Hotel  9 New Denver,  ��� , Has been re-opened under new man-  * agement.       The Dining1  Room will  0 always be up to the market, while  fi�� the  bar   will   contain  Jiquors   and  n cigars that cannot be surpassed for  g| quality   and flavor   in   the  Slocan.  ^- Old and  new  patrons will  find this  n hotel just like home.  ?    ' JACOBSON & CO.  Canadian  AND SOO LINE.  For those who want the  EAST SfgT. WEST  To any point in United States or Canada  First-Class and Tourist Sleepers operated from  Ocean to Ocean.  Tickets issued and Bag-gacre checked to destin  ation.   Xo Customs Difficulties.  CONNECTIONS  Revelstoke and main line points.  8:15k Daily: lv���Den ver C. Siding���ar: Daily 15 50k  8:35k ex.Sumllv N. Denver Ldg: ar ex. Sun.i6:00k  NELSON, TRAIL, KOS5LAXD, ETC.  0:50k ex. Sun: lv NA Denver Ldg: arex.Sun 14.00k  >yad-  The  Leland  ou.se,-  Nakusp,  TO LETTERS   I1ER3  Ascertain rates and full  information  dressing- nearest local agent or���  G. B. GARRETT, Agent Xe-.v Denver.  W. F. Anderson, Trav.  Pass. Apt., Nelson.  E. J". Coyle, Dist. Pass. Agt., Vancouver.  How to gel (here is via  C. 1>. Ry & Soo Line.  Ik  SYSTEM.  Is a comfortable hotel for travellers  to stop at.  Charlie was very fond of a hand-organ,  but the greatest charm it possessed for  him was the monkey. So the first Sunday he was taken to church he listened  to the Organ a few moments, then in a  very audible whisper said to his mother,  "I don't see de monkey."  AGENTS  brclias, after which he bought a muffler ; ��� Mrl\(msr*l(i  and -cmo handkerchiefs.    Camille  had : I'lrS.; luCDOUgfllU.  not once flushed, paled or otherwise betrayed herself. Nevertheless, that she  recognized him he would have been  willing 10 wager his right hand.  "Is there anything else?" Bhe asked  again.  "That is all."  Whihi paying for the articles an idea  suudt-iily occurred to him.  '' Ivlii-iii cot these purchases be seat to  me?" lie said.  "Certainly, monsieur What address?"  He looked at her scrutinizingly while  she composedly wrote in a large book.  Then he said very distinctly, "Eobert  Maurier, M. D., 15 Rne Cujas."  ''Cujas," she repeated tranquilly.  For a'second he had tbe foolish hope  that sho would herself bring the pack-  ago?, but-he was speedily undeceived.  "The boy will deliver the order to-  iiight or tomorrow morning."  "1 shall count upon receiving them  promptly," said he, "for I am quitting  Paris--.."  ������die replied, with mechanical politeness, "Oh,(,they shall be sent iu time!"  '' Good day, monsieur.''���Parisian.  1 am  just  starting: the          _    _     best   thing   for    money  ma king-you have, seen for many-a day. Vour  name and address will bring the golden information. T. H. LINSCOTT. Toronto.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS  Daisy  Eastern,  Clarence  Hampton,   Victory and  Mineral Claims.  Situate in  the Slocan-Mining- Division of West  Kootenay   District.    Where  located: West  !       of Howson Creek, near the Alamo.  I TAKE NOTICE (hat I, W. S. Drewry, as agent  I JL for The Scottish Colonial Gold Fields. Ltd.,  i F. M. Cert. No. 88825a, and George \V. Hughes,  j F. M. Cert. No. 01075, intend sixty days from the  ' date hereof to apply to the Mining Recorder  ; for certificates of improvements for the purpose  I of obtaining Crown grants of each of the above  olaams.  I    And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced  before the issuance  ! of such certificates of improvements.  I    Dated this -'0th day of January, iSfW.  |,"2i> ' AV. S. DREWRY.  MUStUM   CRAINK&.  ���1,01;  JSO���Gladstone Mineral Claim.  People Who Want   to Dispose of Alleged  Valuable Relics.  The amateur collector of curiosities  generally has an exaggerated idea of  the value of his treasures. No sooner  does he got hold of something which he  considers unique and interesting than  he fancies that every museum in the  country will jump at the ohance of purchasing it from him. "With this idea he  is continually calling upon museum  keepers and trying to persuade them  into exhibiting his so called rarities.  The ourator of a popular northern  museum has been much worried in this  way during the last year or so. Only  thp other week a white haired old man  came to him and showed him a dagger  which was said to he the weapon used  by King Joint in stabbing the boy  Prince Arthur. The dagger was quite a  modern affair and showed no signs of  age, hut the old man stack to his description strenuously.  "My dear fellow," he said to the curator in patronizing ton^s, "if you are  so blind to your own interests as to refuse this dagger, it is no concern of  mine. It has been in our family for centuries, and we are descended in a direct  line from Hubert de Bourg, the nobleman who refused to allow Prince Arthur's eyes to be burned out with red-  hot irons. I'll give you one more  chance, and if you won't have it I'll  take it elsewhere. "  Needless to say, he had to take it  elsewhere.  Another crank drove np to the museum gate oue afternoon on a dray, to  which was strapped a big, cumbersome  writing table. The ourator hastened  out to meet him and wus just in time  to prevent him bringing the piece of  furniture bodily into the hall.  On being asked for an explanation,  the visitor said he had decided to present the museum with a priceless treasure in the shape of a writing table used  by Sir Francis Bacon. He had been preserving it for a long time, ha. said, in  order that he might write its history,  which he had at last completed in a  manuscript volume of 820 sheets. The  curator, who is, of course, an expert,  examined the desk and declared it to  be worthless. It had apparently been  used in a .schoolroom until it had got  too rickety for service and was then dispensed with. At any rate, it couldn't  have been more than 70 years,old. Thi6  report was communicated to the visitor, who thereupon took to raving like  a madman and became so violent that  he and his treasure had to be moved  along by the police.  Royal relics are much in favor with  amateur collectors, aud, though some of  the curiosities submitted to the museum  recently have been thought worthy of a  place on the rubles, the majority bav?  proved to be hopeless rubbish.���London  Tit-Bits.     "        ^   IN'o Use For the Metric System.  We have little to leani or gain by  adopting the measures of continental  Europe. Three-quarters, or nearly so, of  the commerce and traffic of the world ie  ' Situate in the Slocan Mining Division of AA est  j Kootenay District. Where located: About  1 five miles east of McGuigan Station of the  I Kaslo and Slocan Railway, adjoining the  : Cariboc Mineral claim of the Rambler and  j Cariboo Con. Gold and Silver Mining Com-  '       puny. a  rr��AKE NOTICE that I, Robert E. Palmer, as  1 1 agent for Edward Mahon. F. M. C No  ! rH.a37, and A. AV. Siegle. F. M. C. No..1052a,intend  j sixty days from the date hereof to apply to the  j Mining Recorder for a certificate of improve-  ! merits for the purpose of obtaining a Crown grant  ! of the above claim.  And further lake notice that action under sec-  lion ;>7 must be commenced before the issuance of  such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 2iith day of January, 1800.  Cornier, Sultana,  Fraction   and  Mineral  Iron ^"sk, Ir���� Mask ,  Baltimore Fraction  Claims.  , Situate In the Slocan Mining Division of West  Kootenav District. Where located: On  Four-Mile Creek.  TAICE NOTICE that I, Herbert T.Twigg.agent  L for the No.rt.li-AVe.st Mining Syndicate.  Limited, i'. M. Cert. No. 3:>u7(i A, Charles A.  Raslidall, F. AI. Cert. No. 1O022 A, Arnold E.  Knmiuier. F. M. Cert. No. .r>7;!7 A, and Edward  Stewart E. M. Cert. No. 33304 A intend, sixty  days 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 the above claims.  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced before, the issuance  of such certificate of improvements.  Dated this 22nd dav of Deeen.her. 1898.  * HERBERT T. TWIGG.  Slocan Sovereign Mineral Ciuiiii.  Situated iu 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 Alines Exploration and ]  Development Company, Limited, F. M. Cert, j  No. 13000 A, intend, sixty days from the date I  hereof, to anpl.y to the Mining Recorder for a  certificate of. improvements, for the purpose of  obtaining a crown grant of the above claim.  And further take notice that action under Sec.  37 must be commenced before the issuance of such  certificate of improvements.  Dated this 22ud day of December. 1838.  HERBERT T. TWIGG.  Continental   Mineral Claim.  Situate in-the Slocan Mining Division of AVest  Kootenay   District.      AVhere   located:  at 1  the head of Twin Lakes Basin, adjoining the ',  Idaho. Morning. Ivy Leaf and Mazeppa min- j  oral claims.  rPA KE X< 1TICE I hat I. William S. Drewrv, a'ct-  1    ing as agent lor the Scottish Colonial Gold  Fields, limited, free miner's certificate Xo. 33'I25A,  and George W. Hughes, free miner's certificate  No.   <!-197.-'),   intend, sixty  days  from   the   date  hereof, to apply to  the Mining Recorder for a  Certificate of Improvements,  for the purpose of  obtaininga Crown Grant of the above claim.  And further take notice that action, under  -ection 37. must be commenced before the  issuance of such certificate of Improvements.  I late. I   this 17th day of November, 1898.  U". S. DREAA'RV  Nliiinin,  Itusiiford, General Sheridan,  and  Snowstorm  Fraction  Mineral Claims.  Situate iu the Slocan Alining Division of West  Kootenay  District.   Where  located:   Part  of the R. E. Lee group, near Sand an.  'PAKE NOTICE that I. George Alexander, free  I.    miners'  certificate No. 71.00 1,  intend,  sixty  (lavs   from    the date    hereof   to   apply   to   the  Mining     Recorder    for    a    certificate   of   improvements for the purpose of obtaining a Crown  grant of the above claims.  And further take notice that action under section 37 must be commenced before the issuance  o1' such certificate of improvements.  Dated this :10th day of September. 1S9S  nv-17 G. ALEXANDER.  XiiiibV  Hanks Nd.  -i   Mineral  CI  11111  Several of Them.  "That girl is a peach."  "Yes, but she thinks she is a whole.  Srchard."���Twinkles.  Situate   in   the Slocan City .Mining Division   of  West Kootenay District.   Whore located:   On  north slope of "Springer Creek, about 21 miles  lrom Slocan Lake.  (���PAKE XOTICE that I, Alfred   Driscoll. acting  I    us agent, for H. E. G rav s. F. M. C. No. SKJIa'  Kate. Se,,,tt. F.M.C. Xo. ;Kir,7. \V. ii. Dennisoii, F.  M. C. No. (ilOA, and Frederick Rowbotlom. F. M.  O. Xo.  r'.ifiA.  intend, sixty  days  l-oui  the date  hereof,     to     apply     to     the      Mining    Re-  .-ordi-r for a  certificate of improvements for  the ]>urpo>e of obtaining  a crown gran-- of the  above claim.  And further take notice ili.-u action under section 37 must be commenced before the issuance  oi'-Mich eertiiieate 01" improvements. 1  I'lated thU L'lsr dav of October. 189K. oc27 I  HE Postal Authority's  advice to all who  write letters is to have  the name and address  of the writer printed  upon the envelope.  This saves time and  prevents letters going  to the Dead Letter  Office. In order to  help out the public in  this important matter  we will print your name and address upon 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  FIRST HUNDRED,  FIFTY   CENTS   each   subsequent hundred.  Call and see sample and leave your  orders.    We are printing- now.  $1.00  WHOLESALE GROCE  Agents for B. C. Sugar Refinery and Royal  City Planing Mills."'  NELSON & FORT SHEPPA RD CO.  RED MOUNTAIN RA' CO.  The all rail and direct route  between   the  Kootenay  ..District and..  All British Columbia Ponts  Pacific Coast Points  Puget Sound Points '  Eastern Canada and the  United States.  ���   Connects at Spokane with  (AREAT NORTHERN RAILWAY  NORTHERN PACIFIC RAILAVAY  O. R. R. & NAVIGATION CO.  Leaves Nelson 9:40 a. m,  Alaps furnished, Tickets sold and information-  j-iven by local and connecting line Ticket agents  C. a. DIXON, G. P. & T. A.  Spokane, Wash  INTERNATIONAL      NAVIGATION  &TRADINCCO.,   LTD.  Summer Time Card effective June 20,18!)8.  Subject to change without notice.  SS.  South Bound  Read down.  reoFB  INTERNATIONAL.  North Honiid  Read up.  SAXDON  Train lvs Dally, 1.00 pm    Train ar daily 10.50 am  KASLO  " ar ���' 3.45 pm Train lv '' S.00 am  t/Boatlv 3.30 am ���Kaslo��� Boat ar S.S0 \>m_j  5.      "     1.30 am    Ainsworth "     7.30 pm =  i^"      ���'     ri.ooam    Pilot Bay :'     0.-1S pm =  ra       '���     0.30 am       Balfour "      c.io pmr  JJBoatar0.-lo am. Five Mile Pt        "     ;,.2S pm;?  -.'       "     7.15 am      Nelson " lv 1..I5 pm -'  cTrain ar 10.05 am Northport Train lvl.55 imi>.  =       "      1120 am   Rossland "    12.05 pnrr  ���<-      "       3111 pin    Spokane "     s.3o ami"'  SS. ALBERTA."-,  Read down. Read 11 >.  Sandon  Daily train lv 1.00 pm Daily train ar 10.50 am  Kaslo  " ar 3.15 pm ���' lv   S.00 am  .��    Boat Ia'5.00 pin Mo&T Boat ar 1.00 pin  m~       ������   ii.20pm Ainsworth Boat��� ar i 1.40 pm���  %-n        '   7.00pm   Pilot Bay        ���'     HOOpniS  c-< '��� 10.00 [nil Kuskon00k       "      ' S.oO pinf?  '���'��� 12.00 pm Goat River       "        .|.00 pm^  =8 _       -���   1.00 am   Boundary        "        5.00 pm A,  ���g E   " ar S.00 am Bonner's F'ry ���    lv 2.00 pm~  U-xTrain lv II.40 am      "       Train ar 1.15 pm 5  "       ���'     ar 2.45 pm Spokane      '*'     Iv  7.50 aur/>  Th6Led  Is the finest west of the Red River  ...... The   Ledge   carries    the  largest stock of Printing Stationery in Kootenay, and can do  finer work  than  any print shop  west of Lake Superior    There are offices that quote  seemingly lower prices,  but qiml-  SPEGTAL KOOTEXAA"  LAKE SERVICE,  Commencing June 20,1S0S.  On Monday, Thursday and Friday ss Alberts*,  will leave Kaslo 5 p. m."for Ainsworth, Pilot Bav,  and Nelson. Leaving Nelson at 8 a. in., Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, calling at Pilot Bay.,  Ainsworth and Kaslo. and all way points.  GEORCE   ALEXANDER, Gen'I MKr  P.O. Box 122. Kaslo. B.C.  KASLO &S LOGAN RY  TIME CAED  Taking- effect .1.00 o'clock a. ra.  Jan. 3, 1899, Pacific or 120th Meridian time.  Subject to change without notice  IS  The   Ledge  No Chinese oi  it v considered.  lower than any  blacksmiths employed. Send orders by mail, express, freight or  pack train          S'      -#-        -%���      -fH-  ii vou are in the Slocan   metropolis call  in and see  Leave �� 30 A.M  '���   ,S 55 ������  ������   :i la ���'  " id 0o ������'  '��� 10 08 ������  " 10 20 ���'  ���' 10 34 "  10 45 "  Arrive  A IT.  Leave, 11.oo a.m  11.1"  Arrive, 11.25  ROBT. IRVING,  Tr.-.flic Mm.-!  GEO.  Kaslo  South For  Sproule's  Whito.water  Bear Lake '-  llcCriiigan  Cody .I unction  "  Sandon Leave  CODA'    LINE.  ��� Sandon ���  Arrive  ChiIv Junction L  ��� "Oxlv    -  .'! 30 P.M  3 05 "  2 10 "  2 00 ���'  1  50 "  l :tfc "  1 23 "  1 la "  11.5H a.m  live, 11.all u.ni  ll."5 a.m  Kor en.-a  and from al  s.  raili'nail  ami  points,  applv  CAMPBELL,  COREL AND,  Sniieriiitandei.i  steamship ticket*  to  tn  Agfent, Sandon.  j ft ProsuBctors' Assay Office  Brandon, B. C,  Assay Price  List  our plant, but do not touch our bull pup's pup, or;illo\v the cyclone  caused bv our fast cylinder press to blow your plu^ hat out ol the  rear tunnel. Come in folks when you have any job printing- to  do, or cash thar, is too lieavy to carry, and we will g-ive you a  profitable solution of your trouble.    Come, gentle pilgrims, come.  Gold, Silver, or Lead.each  $1.50  Guld, Silver and Lead, combined  3 00  Gold and Silver  2 00  Silver aud Lead  2 00  Copper (by Electrolysis)  2 oo  Gold, Silver, Copper and Lead  1 00  Cold and Copper  2 5ff  Silver and Cupper  2 .10  fid Id. Silver and  Copper    Si 00  Platinum  5 00  Mercury  2  Iron i.r Manganese  2 oo  Lime,  Mairncsium.  Uarium.  Silica,  Sulphur, each  2 00  Bismuth,Tin. (.'������ball. Nickel. Aiitinmiiy.  /Cine, and Arsenic, each  4 wi  Coal (Fixed Carbon. Volatile Matter. Ash.  and   percentaire  ...f  (.'.ike. if Cokimr  Coal) A  Tonus:   Cash  With Sample.  June20tll. IStl.a.  FRANK DICK,  Assayci- and  Analyst THE LEDGE, NEW DENVER, B.C., MARCH 2, 1899.  Sixth Year  MINING   RECORDS  ;Aie following ie 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.  Feb 22���Cove. New Denver, F E Dingman.  Feb il���Nickel, same, W L Callanan.  ASSESSMENTS.  FEit 10���Chief, Denver.  Feb 17���Exeter, St Keverne, Burlington Fraction. Burlington No 3 two years, Ashland, Pauline G.'  Fkb 18   R D Fraction, Bidgood.  Feb 22���Victor.  Feb 24���Spokane.  CERTIFICATE OF IMPROVEMENTS.  Feb 13���The Ben, to Wakefield Mines, Ltd.  Feb 17���Exeter,StKeverne, Dominion, Felix.  Payne Fraction, to St Keverne Mining Co.  Carrie, to L W Bern ess. '  Feb 18���Belt, to Argo Mines,  Good Day and Good Day Fraction, to John  Bough.  TRANSFERS.  Feb 18���Bidgood .J, Davia  Clark to Thomas  Jenkins, jr, Felt 17.  Snowdon J, W C Davi�� to L Doolan,Fe.h 14.  Feb 20���Paymaster J T Henderson to Frederick  Swixiie 11, Jan 16.  Isis-i, Jas Black to Daniel Casgriff, Feh 17.  Feb 27���Dewey, Power of attorney. Perry  Altaffer to Chas McNichol, Aug :;i, 1898.  Dewey ij, Perry Altaffer hy his attorney ia fact  to Thos AYison,'Fel) 27.  Havana ?��� Chas McXicholl to Thomas Avison,  Fell 27. ���'���SOO.  special free miner's certificate. Such  special certificate shall have the effect of  reviving the title of the person to whom  it is issued to all mineral claims which  such person owned, either wholly or in  part, at the time of the lapse of his former certificate, except such as under the  provisions of this Act had become the  property of some other person at the  time of the issue of such special certificate, and shall also operate as a free  miner's certificate until midnight of the  thirtv-first day of May next after its  issue". Such certificate shall be in the  following form:  BRITISH    COLUMBIA.  Special Frke Miner's Certificate.  (Not transferable.)  No.  This is to certify that , of  has paid me tho sum of twenty-five  dollars and is entitled to all the rights'  and privileges of a free miner from midnight of the day of  A.D. , until midnight of the thirty-  first day of          , A.D.  Issued at  AINSWORTH   DIVISION.  LOCATIONS.  Feb lo���Iron Hand, A P Blaudy.  Feb 20���Innisfil, A McBantiug-.  Feb 2S���Brant, P H Ecchaut; Red Jacket, J  McDonald.  ASSESSMENTS.  Feb 10���Korea, Minnie. Texas, '.Garland Fraction, Cowboy.  Feb Id���Tain Rak.  Feb 20���Hector. ,  Feb 21���Maggie.  Feb 23���Pearl.  TRANSFERS.  Feb 10���Surprise, grant to run tunnel, D F  Strobeck to V A Johnson.  Feb 15���Morning Glory, Savannah.Valparaiso,  Birthday, Paystreak, J, H F McKinnon to A W  McKinnon.  Monte Carlo, International, North Slope, Cari-  beau, 3/1(1 in each; Fractional Fraction, Evening-  Star, North Light. 4/ltJineaeh. CF Caldwell to  D M Lingard.  Same, J, D M Lingard to G T Crane.  Feb 1G���Josie Fraction, O M Harris to,J Harris  Transfer of "work from Silver Bell to Bald  Eagle.  Feb 17���Col Sellers, Senator Teller."W J Bryan,  R P Bland. Wabash, J, C Brand to W Hunter,  $1,750.  Feb IS���Carbonalte No 2, Congress, Sunnet,  Sewell, 1/0, F J Donaldson to J E Jones, 4700.  Feb 21���Big Four, S N Glad-well to G M  Herrin, *50O.  Sunshine. W Hozard to R D Munroe.  Falcon, TMeFarlane to same.  Native Silver, Vernon, Bird, Hilltop, i, C Bos-  trum to 0 G Johnson.  Fsb 22���Oscar,T W Bauer to Peoria M & M Co.  Fkb 23-Red Rock J, J H M.cKim to D Mc-  Callum.  Purc.ell Fraction, J, G T Hayward to R W  Riddell.  Jennie D. J F Wilson to R W Riddell.  Minnie B, Little Johnny, I Waldron to R  Boetlchcr, ��5t)0.  Sr.OCAJV   ORE    SHIPMENTS.  Total shipped July 1 to Dec. 31, 189S  17,994 tons.   January 1st. 1899, to date  From Sandon,                                        Tons.  SO  3-1  From Three Forks  579  .183  15  ���1(1  Froin Whitewater.  Bell   From McGuigan.  ���183  194  30  75  152  Great Western   From New Denver.  33  220  '-Ml  From Silverton.  Fidelity.-.   3  ���;80  Wakefield   Emily Edith   580  ���to  Total   5,991,  THE   MINERAL    AOT  ���  Amended   in   Many   Respects    Afl'ecting  all License Holders.  (Signature of officer issuing same.)  5. Section-9 of said chapter loo is hereby amended by striking out all the words  after "issued" in the twenty-first line  thereof.  fi. Sections 8, 10 and 11 of said'chapter 135-are hereby repealed.  7. As soon as a free miner has done  and recorded work upon a mineral claim  as provided in section 24 of said chapter  135 to the extent of five hundred dollars,  or has paid the sum of five hundred  dollars and recorded ;the same, as provided by section 25 of said chapter 135,  or has made up said sum of five hundred  dollars partly in one way and partly in  the other, and has applied for a certificate of improvements as provided by  section.36 of said chapter 135, it shall  not be necessary to do any more work or  pay any mo-e money in connection with  such mineral claim as provided by said  sections 24 and 25, as long as such certificate of improvement remains in force.  8. All the powers conferred upon Gold  Commissioners by said chapter 135 may  be performed by Mining Recorders, with  regard to mineral claims within the territory for which they ' have respectively  been appointed.  9. SectionA40 of said chapter 135 is  hereby repealed, and the following substituted therefor: " J  40. The holder of a mineral claim for  which a certificate of improvements has  been granted and recorded, shall make  application to the Minister oi Mines,  enclosing his certificate of improvements, the Crown grant fee of ten  dollars, the Mining- Recorder's certificate, Form 1, the field-notes and plat,  and the affidavit, Form G, within three  months from the date of such certificate  of improvements, and in default of such  application having- been made within  such time, such certificate of improvements shall lapse and become absolutely  void. Such Crown grant shall specify  the interest of each grantee itherein.  10. Any person who has performed  work or paid money in connection with  a mineral claim as "provided by section  24 of said chapter 135, shall be entitled  to recover from a co-owner, by suit in  any Court of competent jurisdiction, for  the proportionate part of said work or  money which should have been done or  paid by such.co-owner.  TUK    ATLIN    PLACKRS.  being-  In compliance with suggestions made  by the Committee on Mines and Mining  the following amendments to the Mineral  Act have 'been enacted into law:  2. Sections 4 and 4 of chapter 135 of  the Revised Statues of British Columbia  are hereby repealed, and the following  substituted therefor:  A free miner's certificate shall run  from the date thereof and shall expire  at midnight on the 31st day of May next  after its date, or some subsequent 31st  day of May. Only one person or joint  stock company shall be named in such  certificate. The fee payable therefor  shall be as provided in the schedule  of fees to this Act. Free miner's certificates may be issued hy any Gold Commissioner or Mining Recorder.  A free  miner's certificate  shall  the following form :���  BRITISH    COLUMBIA.  he in  Fheic Mink it's Ckhtikicatk.  (Not. transferable.)  No.  This is to certify that of  ia entitled to all the rights and privileges  of a free miner from  midnight on the  day of A.D.       ,  until midnight on the thirty-first day of  Mav. one thousand eight hundred and  (A.D.        ).  Issued at   11. Section 33 of said chapter 185 is  hereby amended by adding- thereto as  sub-section (2) the "following-:  (2.) A fee of ten dollars shall be paid  for such permission.  12. Sub-section (2) of section 37 of said  chapter 135, as enacted by section 9 of  said chapter 33, is hereby amended by  inserting- after the word '"'action," in the  fifteenth line thereof, the words "(unless  such time shall be extended by special  order of the Court upon cause  shown.)"  13. Section 127 of said chapter 135, as  enacted by section 10 of chapter 33 of  the Statutes of 1899, is hereby amended  by striking- out the words "one year" in  the second line thereof, and substituting  therefor the words "two years,'' and by  striking out the figures'"1899" in the  fourth line thereof and substituting  therefor the figures "1900."  14. Section 143 of said chapter 135 is  hereby amended by striking- out the  words "and may also make regulations  for relieving- against forfeitures arising-  under section 9 of this Act," in the fifth,  sixth and seventh lines thereof.  15. Section 145 of said chapter 135 is  hereby amended by striking- out the  word "to," in the fourteenth line thereof ; and also by striking out the words,  "the Gold Commissioner." in the fourteenth and fifteenth lines thereof, and  by striking- out the words, "Gold Commissioner. Mining- Recorder or" iii the  thirty-fourth line thereof.  16." The Schedule of Fees to be charged as provided in said chapter 135 is  hereby amended as follows :  "For every free miner's certificate for  a period for iess than a year, a proportionate part of the fee charged for a  certificate for a year  '-.For recording every abandonment,  including the memorandum to be  written in the record .ten dollars instead  of two dollars and fifty cents.  ''For a Crown grant, ten dollars instead of five dollars.  "For abstracts and other certificates,  such fees as the Mining Record may  consider fare, subject tb appeal to the  Minister of Mines.'"  17. The Minister of Mines may pro  vide for keeping a  register of all free  miner's certificates  issued  in  the Province, and for all  persons  issuing  the  same to make  returns  to  him  for that  "There is gold all over the Atlin district,'' says an old Californian miner.  "Wash gravel has been found on the  very mountain tops. In the neighborhood of 12,000 claims were located  before the close of the season, and next  summer will demonstrate that nearly  every claim will pay wages, while some  will yield fabulous returns. The Atlins  are essentially summer diggings, and I  know of no camp where the climate is  better suited to mining. The season  will open towards the close of April.  The richest thing, to my notion, in the  camp is the quartz discovery of Redman, on the shores of Taku Arm, about  25 miles west of Atlin City. Here Redman discovered a 4-ft. cropping that  assays Sl,700 to the ton. After they got  down 18 or 19 ft., the ledge widened  from 4 ft. to 13 ft. If it continues to  widen, as it no doubt will, one can  readily see that it will yield as much  gold as any man could wish." ,  Mr. F. "C. Lund, who has not only  been in the Atlin country, but prospected between there and Teslin, now  wintering in Victoria, said recently  that the chances are good for gold discoveries all .the. way from Atlin to  Teslin, with perhaps the exception of a  small strip between the upper end of  Surprise lake and Davis creek���or  Sucker "lake, as it is better known. As  Suprise lake is just on the British Columbia side of the boundary, and Davis  creek 'a short distance over in the  North-West Territories side, this would  mean that there is not likely to be great  trouble just at this point of difficulties  between Provincial and Dominion  officials over claim locations.  Mr. Lund found gold in two creeks  off Davis lake, but did not have time to  prospect there last autumn as the-, season  was too far advanced. Like everyone  who has been in the Atlin country, he  says that Atlin is a poor man's district,  where big individual fortunes will not  be made in mining, but where every-,  man who goes in and works systematically will make money, as the gold is  distributed very eveniy. Already people are getting'supplie'ssent in over the  White Pass Railway to the summit, and  from there will haul their stuff to Otter  lake, and ther.e will be no difficulty in  getting right through to Discovery on  the ice, where some 250 people are now  First=class  When I buy from the  manufacturers  Staple  and  Fancy Groceries  1 make it a point to  get the  very best in  all lines,     My   stock  of Cured Meats is the  best in   the  market;  Iiains. sweetaml juL.y  :;?���   tiun    be    lou^l'f:  Bacon (iiyt io cvei  stripped with  lean-an J 1 tint  finest (aslc  ���4--^+-*'  DR. MILLOY,  To the Ladies of  Sandon nnd  hiA3 the  wintering.  L. H. Gray^ general  purpose. Such Register shall show  number of certificate, date of issue, and  time for which same was in force, and  shall be properly indexed. Any person  shall be entitled to search same upon  payment of a fee of twenty-five cents  for each name, and to receive a certificate as to any name under the hand of  the Deputy Minister of Mines or any  person   appointed  bv  the   Minister  of  upon payment  traffic  of the White" Pass and Yukon Railway,  was in Vancouver recently, says the  Province, and has received a letter from  the north, the contents of Avhich go to  confirm the most favorable reports of  the Atlin gold district. This letter,  which is of a private character, states  six Indians have discovered new placer  grounds rich in coarse gold between  Surprise and Atlin lakes.  "An official of the White, Pass Railway," said Mr. Gray, "saw the Indians  upon their arrival iii Skag-way from the  new goldfields.   They we're headed by  a well-known  character   called  'Tak'u  Jack," and there were six in the party.  Between them they  had 12 lb. of gold  and nuggets.    Although they  had all  got very drunk they were too foxey to  divulge the exact location of their find.  They"said,however, that it was between  Surprise and Atlin lakes, and that they  had filed at Bennett six claims each on  two creeks.    After indulging in a big-  carouse, they purchased a large quantity of supplies and quietly stole away  from Skagway in the night.   They left  on December 13th, and their discovery  wtis made about the first of the month.  The whole country has gone wild over  the new discovery, and many attempts  were, unsuccessfully made to locate it."  Speaking    of   his   prospecting   trip  through Atlin,  Mr. McDougall "an old  experienced miner,   said to   the Province:   "The reports of the new district  were so good that we gave up our plan  of going'to Dawson and struck  northwest to Atlin.    We reached Pine creek  in   August.     There   must   have been  several hundred  people in the district  at the time.    We spread over the country   and   located claims   on   different  creeks.   The gold seems to be pretty  evenly distributed oyer   the country.  We could a'et colors anywhere, and on  most of the ground   we located found  pay-dirt rich  enough to work.    It is a  wonderful country,' but not as rich as  Klondyke.   I visited every creek that  had been worked to  any extent, and I  think about  three ounces a day was a  fair estimate of the gold taken out by  an individual miner." A few rich pockets  were found in bench claims, which gave  as high as $100 ,a  day for perhaps a  week.  "There must be millions of do Pars in  the district, however. It will cost  money to work some of the creeks. For  instance, we made some locations on  Otter creek that would require machinery to work, it was very deep to bedrock, but the ground was encouraging  right from the grass roots.  "Pine. Spruce, and Wright creeks  were considered the best in the district  when I was up there in November.  Claims on any of these creeks,will make  rich men of their owners.  "I have had a good deal of experience  in both placer and quartz mining, and I  believe that the Atlin diggings' will be  good for many years It is a very easy  matter to get i-ito the country now,  and the cost of living is not great. I  will return in March to prepare to  work my claim"  ('Signature of officer isssuingsame.) j   _ 1  3. A person may at any time prior  thereto, an 1 not latter than the first day  of May. or if the first day of May is a  holiday then on the next day which is  not a. holiday, obtain from the proper  officer, on payment of a proper fee, a  free miner's license, running from midnight on the thirty-first day of May in  any year to midnight of the thirty-first  day of May next thereafter, or any subsequent thirty-first day of May.  4. In case any person should allow his  free miner's certificate to expire he may  obtain from the proper officer, upon payment of a  fee  of twenty-five  dollars,"a  mineral  claims  of each grantee  Mines for that purpose,  of a fee of fifty cents.  S. Crown grants of  shall show the. interest  in the claim.  19. Nothing in this Act contained  shall affect anything done or suffered,  or any right, title or interest acquired  or accrued before the coining into force  of this Act. or any legal proceeding or  remedy in respect of any such thing,  rig-lit, title or interest.  20. This Act shall come into force on  the first day of May, A.D. 1899.  F. Pyman has again commenced to do  business in New Denver. Bring your  watches to him when they are out of  order.  In the life  of every  newspaper editor  there comes a time when he finds it both  difficult   and   embarrassing   to   decline  some communication that has been sent  to his paper.    There may be the best of  reasons for not publishing it, and yet he  is bound to give  mortal offense if he refuses to give it space  in his  paper.   In  China it is different, for there the editor  declines a manuscript 'in !a manner that  gives absolute satisfaction to the writer.  Here is a sample letter sent by a Pekin  editor to a  would-be  contributor to his  journal:    "lllustrous brother of the sun  and moon,���Look upon  thy  slave  who  rolls at thy  feet,  who  kisses the  earth  before thee and  demands of thy charity  permission to speak and live.    We have  read  thy manuscript  with delight.   By  the, bones of our ancestors we swear that  never have we encountered  such a masterpiece.    Should  we  print  it His Majesty the Emperor would order us to take  it as a criterion and never again to print  anything which was not equal to it.   As  that would  not  be  possible before  ten  thousand years, all trembling we return  thy   manuscript and  beg   of thee ten  thousand pardons.    See���my hand is at  my feet, and I am the slave" of thy servant."  Rooms in Reco Hotel, Sandon.  FEED J..SQ-UIEE  Nelson, B. C.  Merchant Tailor.  GREETING:��� We have on hand  about 400 pairs of Ladies' and Children's  shoes which Ave are to dispose of at a  sacrifice in order to make room in our  salesroom for new stock now on the road.  The stock includes a fine line of Tie,  Strap and Buckle Slippers in Tan and  Black Ladies' lace and button shoes-  latest styles.  Quilted Satin and Felt Slippers.  Children's Spring & High-heel shoes  A special line of Boys School Shoes.  E. R ATHERTON LO., Ltd,  POST OFFICE STORE. SANDON.  Full Line  Trouserin<rs al*1  of Suitings and  ways-on hand.  NOTICE.  WE THE UNDERS1GNE'.) hereby give notice  that the partnership heretofore existing between us, under the style or firm of Stcge & Avison, as hotel keepers at the Newmarket hotel, at  New Denver. B C, has this clay been dissolved  by mutual consent.  All accounts flue to the late firm of Stege &  Avison must be paid forthwith to Henry Stege,  and all accounts due by the said late firm will  be paid by Him ry Stege.  HENRY STEGE,  THOMAS AVISON.  Witness; CnA.nr.ES-S. R-AsiroALt",  Notary Public.  Dated, .'anuarv lM, 1809.  Hunter Bros.  Are selling the choicest  Staple & Fancy Groceries  that can be obtained anywhere. Mail your orders  if yon can't visit our store.  SANDON��� -ROSSLAND  1  Dealers in  Hardware,  Tin   and   Granite ware,  Miners' Supplies, Paints, Oils, Glass and Putty, Doors & Windows.  ,'^b/Wb/Q/&;*>/%^/&%/%>'+/^,%>Q^  Nelson, B. C, January, 1899-  Copper Ore  Dry Ore  Lead Ore  Purchased and payment made as soon  after the receipt of ore as samples can be  assayed.'  Quotations given upon the receipt of  samples.  The Hall Mines, Limited  .NELSON.  4^^^Mfc^V&^jk'%  ASLO HOTEL  Family & Commercial.  L  arge  And  Comfortable  diL   Rooms  Fitted with every modern  convenience. Special protection against fire. Rates $2.50  and $3 per day.  COCKLE & PAP WORTH,  Proprietors.  DENVER,  Provides ample and pleasant accommodation lor the traveling public.  Telegrams for rooms promptly attended to.  HENRY STEGE, -        -        -       -.**-' Proprietor.  BRICK  FOR   SALE.  JOHN   GOETTSCHE,  NEW DENVER.  F.E. MORRISON, dds.  DENTIST  Crown. Plate and Bridge work.  Office, Broken Hill Blk.   Nelson.  \A/A MTCPl     Industrious     men    of  VVMIN   I   ELL/ character to travel and  appoint agents.   Salary and expenses paid.  Buadley-G-ahretson Co., Limited, Toronto.  You Can  ave  By selecting' your  BROOCHES  PENDANTS  NECKLACES  BRACELETS  RINOS  Set with Diamonds  Emeralds. Opals, Pearls,  Rubies and Oh'vinp.ft  From  the  immense stock  of Watches in Solid  G-old, Grold Filled, or Silver Cases, in all sizes  from  the  smallest  in  Ladv's to  those  suitable.for the most severe work.  llpEverything in clocks for either Office, Hall,  Mantle or Bedroom. There is nothing in British  Columbia as good in Jevvelery and Silverware.  "" " Known and Reliable Meriden Briitannia Hollow-ware and  ~ Knives, Forks_aiid Spoons. Goods bought in  promptly  The Well  1847 Rogers Bros  his store will be ENGRAVED FRKE. ���           r ,.  JAC0B DOVER, Nelson, B. C.  Orders   by  mail 


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