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THE    M/IVEJS "ff/IST   MQ6T£NAY,\
/me A/c/v itt qoio, j/iVEfl, copper
Vol,l,       THE   PROSPECTOR, FORT    STEELE   B.C.
FORT STEELE DISTRICT.
AND THE OPENING UP OF OUR MINERAL RESOURCES.
As the Dominion Elections are coming off
next month,we will in all probability be visited
by both the Conservative and Liberal Candidates,;
in view of thia fact,it would be as well for
every voter in this seotion of the oountry irrespective of politics, to try and impress on the
Candidate they intend to support, the absolute
necessity for the Government to take""some steps
towards improving the navigation of the river,
between this point and the International boun
dary; for it certainly ought to be patent to
any one of ordinary Intelligence who ia not owned body and soul by some grasping corporation,
the utter fallicy and absurdity of expending
money on that portion of the river,over which it
is an utter impossibility to transport ore for
more than a couple of months of the year at the
outside; and even then if a boat laden with ore,
should manage to work up against the stream and
cross the numerous bars, which is doubtful,look
at the other difficulties that have to be conten
ded against,before the ore reaches a smelter;
twelve miles of a wagon road to Columbia Lakes,
twelve miles more of water,four or five miles of
tramway,ninety or one hundred miles of Columbia
river navigation,then two miles of tramway   to
reach station at Golden on C-P.R. and after it
arrives at this point what is going to be done
with it,unless some satisfactory arrangment can
be made with the Golden smelter,it has to be   re
shipped to some point in the States. Now take
the other and natural route, down stream for a
distance of about 125 miles, without breaking
cargo,the Great Northern is reached at Jennings,
from this point the ore oan be shipped to any of
the great smelters direot,giving the mine owners
the benefit of competition,and without the expense of so much handling as ia necesaitated in
shipping by the other route. A few thousand dollars judiceously expended on this portion of the
river,would increase the length of the navigable
season from four or five months to six or seven,
and give-a tremendoua impetus to the mining interests of this aection; for then, not only woulc
mine ownera be induced to push the development
work of their minea, but it would encourage othei
Capitalists to come in and invest. It ia therefore to the interest of every one resident in
thia portion ofk the district,to try and impreas
upon the Government,through the coming member,
whoever he may be,and by every meana ifi' their
power, the vital importance of the Kootenay River
hnprovementa between Port Steele and the •Inter
national Boundary; and disabuse their minds of
that "Patriotic1' idea of forcing the trade by an
natural channel to the detrement of the country
at large,and the benefit of a few selfish schemers,
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SUBSCRIBE FOR THE PROSPECTOR. #1.50 per YEAR.
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SATURDAY    MAY    9th,    1896. ,   No, 28.
pEffircHBAR.   PLACER   DIGGINGS.
Some of the Members of the Company that have
applied for leases on Palmers Bar creek, intend
going out  there in a day or two for the purpose
of making a thorough survey of the ground,with
regard to the elevation, diatanoes k gaining all
the information poasible,alao to estimate the
coat of a ditch from the Moyea River,through to
the old workings on the oreek;for laok of sufficient water has been the cause*in the paat"of
this ground,not having been worked to advantage, and there is no doubt,  if it is found that,
a proper ditoh can be built at a reasonable expense,this property will develope into one of the
best paying hydraulio minea in Britist Columbia.
We hope the venture will prove a success and
that it will induce other parties to take up and
prospect some of the extensive gravel banks,which
still remain almost intaot on many of the other
streams in the district.
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THE NORTH STAR ORE.
We learn that the Great Falls Smelter Co, of Great Fall3 Montana,wlll treat the
North Star ore during the coming season.
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THE   BRIDGE.
'   The work on the bridge is being pushed as
rapidly as possible, it is reported that the iron
castings has been shipped,and will arrive at an
early day", the river ia riaing at about an inoh
per day, and unless the weather gets warmer there
will not be aufficient water for the Steamboata
for someetime.
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THE GUN CLUB.
What is the matter with the Gun Club?
Come boys, get out and practice,put up a prize
for the best score.get yourself in oondition,and
then try conclusions with some neighbouring club.
NEW YORK QUOTATIONS.
Bar silver, 67 3/4<t: per ounce.
Copper , exchange price, $10.78.
Lead,_firm. exchange prioe,   $3.05,
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MINERALS.
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The following ia a Hat of metalio minerals
recognized so far 1n the Kootenay district.
Native gold, Native silver,native oopper,natlve
arsenio, galena, oerrusite, angle site, altaite,
argentite, pyrargyrite, proustite, chaloopyrite,
ohalooolte, bronite, tethrahedrlto, heamatite,
limonite, siderite, blende, greenokite .stibnite ,
jamcsonite, mispiokel.
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Taok Bonanza went down the river in-*te+"
White Swan to day.
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||-__|_i THE   PROSPECTOR   FORT    STEELE    B,0,
THE   PKOSP   ECTCR.
IS PUBLISHED WEEKLY  BY THE PROSPECTOR COMPANY,
A.3.Grace,Manager.
0\e Year $1.50.
Six Months     75<t.
All Communications directed To The  Prospector,
Fort Steele,   B.C.
We are not responsible for Communications.
PROF   ES   S I 0  H
Charles. Maclean,
Thomas. McVittie.
H.L.Cummins.
Physician i Surgeon.
P.L.S. ft C.E.
P.L.
ft C.E.
W.J.Rooke.Cowell, M.A.    B.Sc.      F.G.S.
N.Arnold.Wallinger.        Assayer ft Metallurgist.
PORT STEELE MINING ASSOCIATION.
R.L.T.Galbraith.
President.
O.S.Frizzell                                Vice
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N.A.Wallinger.                                   ,,
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Robert.Dempsey                                  ,,
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William.Carlin,
Treasurer.
Thomas. MoVittie.
Secretary.
D I   R E C  TO R'S,
John.Grassiok.           A.B.Graoe.
H.W. Barnes.
R.L.T.Galbraith.
Thomas.  McVittie.
The next regular meeting of  the Association will
be held on Saturday May 16th.
All possible information,   will be furnished by
the Asaooiation, upon application to
Thomas.MoVittie,Sec,Fort  Steele B.C.
LEGAL    NOTICE.
TA3LE,showing the dates and places of Courts of
Assize, Nisa Prius,    Oyer and Terminer,    and
General Gaol Deliver;/ for the Year 1696,
SPRING ASSIZES.
Nanaimo    Tuesday   5th May.
New Westminster   Tuesday  12th May.
Vancouver   Tuesday   19th.May.
Clinton  Monday  25th May.
Victoria     Tuesday .......26th May.
Kamloops   Monday  1st June.
Vernon   Monday 8th June.
+Nelson   Monday   ].5th June.
+Donald  Monday 	
■(•Special Assize.
Ind .Tune.
Me3ser3,0owell & Wallinger,at  the  request of
the Fort Steele Mining    Association,Have kindly
consented to take oharge of the Mineral Cutilnet.
It has now been planed in position in  their office, and ia under the special  charge of Mr Cowol
who will be pleased to receive specimens at any
time from the Miners and Prospectors of the district *,they have also granted permission to the
Assoolation,the   privilege of U3ing a portion of
their office aa   a reading room in will oh the
many papers ,weekly,will be plaoed on file for
the use of the members,and also for viaitor
Fort Steele.
READ THE PROSPECTOR.
SATURDAY   MAY    9th,    1896.
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KOOTENAY INDIAN AGENCY.
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A list of water privileges aubmltted fqr
record,being the quantities required for irrigating purposes bv the under-named bands of Indians
THE St,MARY'S BAND.
(400) Fpur hundren inches from the St Marys River
(100) One hundred inches from Cherry Creek, '
TOBACCO PLAINS  BAND.
(200) Two hundred inchea from a oreek running
through William Phillipps  pre-emption.
(200) Two hundred inches from a creek known as
Reserve creek.
Columbia   Lake Band.
(100)  One hundred inohes from Marijeau creek.
SHUSWAP BAND.
(100) One hundred inches from Shuswap creek.
100)  One hundred tnches.-from Lilac creek.
THE AGENCY, R.L.T.Galbraith,
Fort Steele B.C. Indian Agent.
April 15th  1896. ,
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TO PROSPECTORS.
Under the new provisions of the Mineral Act,it
Is compulsory for the locator of a mineral claim
to exhibit It his mining liscenoe at  the time of
making record;the prospector will also have to
make affidavit to the marks and writings on the
separate posts.
PETITION.
The following petition has been circulated in
and around Fort Steele and reoeived about  75.
signatures;
To,I.Leitzstubbs,Assistant Commissioner of Lands & Works for West Kootenay,B.C.
We the undersigned residents and Free Miners
of Fort Steele district, humbly pray that you
will use your endeavours to open up the trail
from Rykerts Landing, on the Kootenay river,up
Goat river to the junction of, said trail with
that down the Moyea. This trail is one of great
importance to those Interested In mining
on the Moyea,Lake and Goat  river districts,and
is one which is in constant use by proapeotora
in bringing in supplies in from towns on the
i Kootenay Lake. At present,the prospector who de-
! sires to prospect in the above district is put
i to great  inconvenience through having to oross
j Into the United States^       thence returning by
way of the old trail from Bonners Perryjif thia
'trail ia reopened,pros pec tors can travel entirly
through Canadian Territory and will not be put
,o the inconvenience of having to report to the
istom offices on both sides of the llne*,we
add, that  the Moyea trail is kept in good Repair
by the East Kootenay Authorities.
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THE    MAILS.
Time is the essenoe of this contract*,a clause
in the contract for the oarrylng of the malls
between Golden and the St Eugene Mission", reads
as follows. From the first of May to October 31.
in each year,the mail shall leave Golden on Tues-I
day morning arriving at  St Eugene Mission by noon)
on the following Saturday;Those interested in
the matter take notice.
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IMPROVEMENT. "
Mesaera,Carlin k Duriok, are Improving their
plaoe of business,preparing for the ooming season
The 3tore ia to have a new front,and the inside
will be renovated ,
We learn that the Upper Columbia Navigation Co
vill soon oommenoe the ereotion of a large warehouse at their landing on the river.
Everybody reads the Prospector. THE    PROSPECTOR, FORT    STEELE   B.C.
SATURDAY   MAY    9th    1896.
THE MINING LAWS.
1
As far as can be seen from a hasty perusal of
the new Mineral Aot, as passed in  the Legislature
while there 'is anurrber of changes in the Aot,
there have not been any radical alterations
made in, the policy which has been followed during the  past few years in regard to our mining
laws.  This,we think is wise,for it is sometimes
better to bear with an admitted inoonvenience
rather than to attempt to remove it by some ma-'
| terlal change in the existing law which may have
other and fmore far-reaching effects.There have
been some violent attaoks made in some of the
newspapers of the Province on the mining laws,
and It it evidently the opinion of these writers
that they are perfectly able to formulate a code,
of mining laws adapted to meet ever/ possible
contingency. The amendments made are in the direction in which past experience has shown that
such ohanges are desirable,indeed,necessary in
order that the law may be effective for the purposes for which it was designed. The House has
acted wisely in declining to entertain violent
and extreme propositions designedfor the purpose
of checking"claim jumping". Th? utmost clearneas
in the expressions which define what is neoessary to be done to acquire or hold a claim and
suoh discretionary power given to the Courts as
will enable them to deal with adverse claims as
the facts and reason may dictate,will remove  the
present defects.
THE CROWIS NEST R.R.
Just as Parliament was about  to close,a series
of resolutions were introduced by the Minister
of Railways^ecommendin", that   $20.000.per mile be
granted towards building a railway from Leth-
bridge to Nelson,via the Crow's Nest pass, but
were opposed by the Liberals who threatened to
talk the resolution out of the House,the Government then decided to withdraw the resolutions
until the next meeting of Parliament in July.
ELECTI ON.
The eleotion for the House of Commons,will be
held on the 23rd of June,and the Nominations on
the 16th of the same month.
EAST KOOTENAY OIL FIELDS.
We learn from reliable sources,that an expert
from Pennsylvania will visit the Oil Fields of
the Crow's Nestdistrtct ,in the interest of an
Eastern  Syndicate.
TOWN    LOTS.
During the past week, several lots have been
sold,and new buildings will be erected in the
near future.
FROM CHICAGO.
A Mr.Ryan from Chicago came in,via Bonner's
Ferry, He oomes for the purpose of looking over
the situation,and investing.
LAND  1    LAND! 1
Parties are ooming in daily from the south,
looking for land to settle upon,and are met with
the answer that  there is none open for location;
when will the R.R.Co,and tho Kootenay Syndicate
Land Co be made to sell their lands at reasonable figures 7 hundreds of acres could be sold
if the land waa on the market at a reasonable
prioe.
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BE A R:S.
The Warriors of the Indian department,are all
going on a grand Bear hunt. '
WIPED    OUT.
We leam from Prospectors that have  just oarae
in,   that  the Town of Ainsworth, West Kootenay
has been completely destroyed by fire; the Town
contained about forty houses, and only about
four were saved.
The above article is another example of the
extreme  fast mail service which is furnished
the outlying districts of East Kootenay;t)ie
above conflagration h&ppend some three weeks
ago, and the above is the first report that has
reached thia section.
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ROyHD   TOWN.
Prospector Hooker from the White Grouse
mountains is in town'.He left on a visit to clay
to the St Mary's,wJth Mr Jennings,
The Rev,Father Cqoeola,0,M.I. returned from.
Tobacco Plains after holding a very successful
migsion'.and left at onoe for West Kootenay,via
the Moyea trail,where he will hold a mission
for some we-eks. The Father's efforts to. improve
the moral and religious condition of the Indians
are muqh appreciated.
*
We understand that our School Teacher, Miss,
Bailey is arranging a tre at   in the way of a
picnici for her pupils', Good.
P.C.Andrews  leaves  on the Stage Tuesday next
for Winnipeg,he is succeeded at the North Star
by Mr Curran of Montreal.
Mr Blodgett has been awarded the contract,of
building a two mile fence on the Robinson and
Sucksmith ranch.
Seeding is nearly done,and the farmers are
wishing for warm weather.
Miss Wallinger's band of milch cows, for
her dairy farm,are expected shortly from Golden.
The Blacksmith shop is being enlarged,b, an
; addition is being built,which will enable the
i proprietors to branch out  in the wagon business.
The work on the Kootenay river, which was in
charge of Mr Woods is done,it  is needless to say
it is well done. . -».
Prospectors are coming  in from 3onner's Ferrv
and Spokane over the Moyea trail.
Two teams loaded with eggs and bacon,came in
from Kalispell;whlch was readily disposed of.
The boarders have Hl-ue eggs and ham for breakfast.
Chas, Lentz, has gone to Tobacco Plains.
Mr and Mrs, Wallinger returned from the Granite
on Friday.
H.L.Cummins, is surveying three ranohec at Wasa
The Bale Bro's will open a meat irarkHrnext
•reek,they have purchased the lot next to the
Spot oottage.
*  leam that Mesaers Robinson and Suokamith
lave purchased two lots on main street,they will
engage   in the butcher business.
Subscribe for the Prospector. THE    PROSPECTOR,  FORT    STEELE   B.C.
CARLIN    k    D U R I C K.
GENERAL    MERCHANDISE.
AGENTS POR THE CALIFORNIA GIANT POWDER COMPANY.
MINING    SUPPLIES    *   HARDWARE.
AGENTS FOR SLATER AND SONS CELEBRATED SHOES.
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THE
UPPER
COLUMBIA NAVIGATION
GOLDEN,GALENA,WINDERMERE,THUNDER HILL,CANAL PLAT
WASA,  AND FORT STEELE.
Stage leaves Golden and Fort  Steele every Saturday.
EXPRESS    RATES.
Golden to Fort Steele 10(p per pound.
Special'rat.es given on more valuable parcels.
.PASSENGER RATES. •
Through 1l6.00.      Looal    10if per mile,
T.H.B.Cochrane,Pres. F.P.Armstrong,Manager.
THE      STEELE    HOUSE.
THE OLDEST AND BEST HOTEL IN  PORT STEELE.
Strictly First Class.
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FREE SAMPLE ROOM FOR COMMERCIAL MEN.
Charles. Levett,  Prop.
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COWELL    k   WALLINGER.
A S S A Y E R S    k    METALLURGISTS.
Fort    Steele B.C.
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COBB    k    BLANDER.
C E K E R A L    B L A C K ,S M I T H I N 0
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HORSE    SHOEING    A    SPECIALTY.
D £ M P S S Y    k    0 P. A S S I C K.
CONTRACTORS    k    BUILDERS.
Port    Steele    B.C.
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THE COLUMBIA LAUNDRY.
WASHING k    MENDING.
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Mr3, LEWI S.
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SATURDAY    MAY    9th    1896.
THE    AMERICAN    STORE.
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■GENERAL   MERCHANDISE.
GIANT   POWDER,  MINING    SUPPLIES    &   HARDWARE.
GROCERIES    &    PROVISIONS.
SUPPLIES  FOR MINERS AND PROSPECTORS.
B. W. J ONE  S
Port Steele B.C
Jennings Montana.
THE   UPPER    KOOTENAY    NAVIGATION   COMPANY.
Will leave Jennings Montana,for Fort Steele B.C.
Mav  10 th 1896.
STEAMER   AHNERLY.
FOR FREIGHT AND EXPRESS RATES APPLY TO
B.W.J 0 N E S, Jennings Montana.'
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THE    DALGARDNO   HOUSE.
Fort    Steele   B.C.
Now under the management of
A. M 0 R I II.
Is a large new,and attractive Hotel
of quiet elegance in all its
appointments, with a
ousine of superior
excellence.
Special rates by the month.
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THE   MISSION   STORE.
GENERAL   MERCHANDISE.
THE HIGHEST
CASH PRICE
PAID FOR FURS.
T.  L 0 V E.
St,Eugene Mission.
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THE    MOUNTAIN    HOUSE.
Fort Steele B.C.
William Forsyth,Proprietor.
This is one of the best appointed Hotels in the
Fort Steele District.
Every room ia oomfortably furni8hed.
THE MOUNTAIN HOUSE DINING ROOM,
Is under the management of
W.E.Blggings.
lien you visit Port Steele,You will miss it if
you dont atop at the Mountain Houbo.
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J A M E S. H I 0 H W A R D E N.
Tonsorial   Artist.
SHAVINO   k   HAIROUTTINO,
Everything neat and clean. __.
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