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 52 Vic. Correspondence—Smelting Works, Vancouver. 373
RETURN
To an Order of the House for a Return of all papers and correspondence between the
Government and all persons or bodies corporate relative to the location of Smelting Works at the City of Vancouver.
JNO. ROBSON,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
19th February, 1889.
Copy of a Report oj a Committee of the Honourable the Executive Council, approved by His
Honour the Lieutenant-Governor on the 20th day of April, 1888.
On a Memorandum from the Honourable the Minister of Mines, dated the 19th April,
1888, recommending approval of the accompanying agreement between Claude Vautin, of
London, England, and the Honourable John Robson, Minister of Mines, Province of British
Columbia, for the erection of smelting works within the said Province; and also, that he, the
said Minister of Mines, be authorized to sign the said agreement on behalf of the Province.
The Committee advise approval.
Certified.
(Signed)        A. Campbell Reddie,
Deputy Clerk of Executive Council.
This agreement made in duplicate this 18th day of April, A. D. 1888, between Claude
Vautin, of London, England, of the one part, and the Honourable John Robson, of Victoria,
the Minister of Mines for the Province of British Columbia, of the other part.
Whereas the said Claude Vautin is desirous of erecting smelting works in British
Columbia at a point most advantageous to the several mining districts of the said Province, for
the purpose of treating and smelting all kinds of gold and silver-bearing ore;
And whereas, after the erection of the said works, the said Claude Vautin intends to avail
himself of the benefits of section 11, sub-section 3, of 50 Victoria, chapter 24;
And whereas, prior to the said venture, the Government of the said Province, represented
in this case by the Honourable Mr. Robson, as Minister of Mines, have agreed to carry out the
terms of the said Act as to the granting of a bonus, on the terms and conditions hereinafter
mentioned:
Now it is agreed between the parties hereto in manner following, that is to say:—
The said Claude Vautin, for himself, his heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns,
covenants, promises and agrees to and with "the said John Robson in manner following, that is
to say :
1. That he will, within one year from the date hereof, erect, or cause to be erected, at some
point or place to be approved of by the aforesaid Government, within the Province of British
Columbia, smelting and chlorinating works capable of properly treating and reducing not less,
collectively, than forty tons of ore per day, and will commence work thereon within four
months from this date, and that said works will remain and be operated for one year in the
place where they are first erected.
2. As an evidence of good faith he will, within forty days after the date of these presents,
deposit with the Manager of the Bank of British Columbia, in London, England, to the credit of
of the Government of the Province of British Columbia, five hundred pounds, sterling, as a
guarantee that the work heretofore agreed to be done by him will be done, and in the event of 374 Correspondence—Smelting Works, Vancouver. 1889
the non-fulfilment of the contract by the said Claude Vautin the said five hundred pounds shall
be the property of the Government of British Columbia and become a part of the Consolidated
Revenue of the said Province; and upon the non-completion of this agreement within the time
named, the same, and all rights thereunder, shall absolutely cease, and the same shall be
cancelled.
And the said John Robson, acting in such capacity as aforesaid and for the Government
of British Columbia, covenants, promises, and agrees to and with the said Claude Vautin in
manner following, that is to say:—
1. That so soon as the said Claude Vautin has erected in the Province of British Columbia
smelting works of the capacity aforesaid, as aforesaid, and in the time aforesaid (time
being considered as of the essence of this contract), and costing complete not less than forty-
eight thousand dollars ($48,000), and subject otherwise to all the conditions of chapter 24 of
50 Victoria, A. D. 1887 (as to the granting of a bonus for the erection of smelting works in
the said Province), the Government of British Columbia will pay to the said Claude Vautin, or
his executors, administrators, or assigns, the sum of twelve thousand dollars ($12,000) in money
lawful and current in the said Province, and will cause the five hundred pounds, sterling, so to
be deposited as aforesaid in the London Branch of the Bank of British Columbia, to be returned
to the said Claude Vautin, or to his executors, administrators, or assigns, on demand.
And it is agreed by and between the parties hereto that time shall be considered of the
essence of the contract, but no forfeiture shall take place in case the said works are not
completed on account of some delay over which the said Claude Vautin had no control, in
which case a reasonable extension of time will be granted to carry out the terms of this
contract.
And it is further agreed between the parties that no personal responsibility shall attach to
the said the Honourable John Robson on occasion of these presents.
This agreement is executed, provisionally, by W. H. DeWolf, on behalf of the said Claude
Vautin, and by the said John Robson, acting as aforesaid, and shall become and be void unless
executed by the said Claude Vautin personally, and delivered as executed by him within forty
days from the date hereof to H. C. Beeton, Esquire, the Agent-General of British Columbia in
London, and shall likewise become and be void unless within the same period of forty days the
deposit of five hundred pounds mentioned in clause 2 hereof shall be deposited as in the said
clause is provided.
In witness whereof the parties hereto have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and
year first above mentioned.
(Signed)       Jno. Robson.
„ Claude Vautin,
By his Agent W. H. DeWolf.
VICTORIA: Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Government Priatsr,
at the Government Printing Office, James' Bay.

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