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 59 Vict.       Re Road Entrance of N. & F. S. Railway to Nelson. 1009
RETURN
To an Order of the House of all correspondence between the Government and the
C. P. R. and the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway, re the latter road's ent"ance
into the town limits of Nelson.
G. B. MARTIN,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Lands and Works Department,
7th April, 1896.
Victoria, B. 0., August 17th, 1893.
Sir,—-I have the honour to request that you will indicate upon the enclosed map of the
Town of Nelson the location of the line of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway, and ground
required for right of way purposes through the town, and return the map to me at your earliest
convenience. I have, &c,
E. J. Roberts, Esq., Chief Engineer,
Nelson and Port Sheppard Railway,
Spokane, Wash., U. S.
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of Lands and Works.
Spokane, Washington, September 15th, 1893.
W. S. Gore, Esq.,
Deputy Commissioner of Lands and Works,
Victoria, B. C.
Sir,—I have the honour of acknowledging the receipt of a map of Nelson from your
department. I will indicate upon it the line of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard B,ailway and
forward it to you by Mr. Corbin, who expects to be in Victoria very soon; when there he will
arrange with you upon the amount of land we shall require for right of way, station grounds,
etc. Yours very truly,
(Signed) E. J. Roberts,
Chief Engineer.
Nelson, B. C, 20th November, 1893.
To the Hon. Theodore. Davie, Q. C,
Premier,  Victoria.
Sir,—We the undersigned owners of lots in the Town of Nelson, and of land adjacent
thereto, beg leave, respectfully, to call your attention to the question of the locality of the
terminus of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railroad, which is a question of great interest to
the town.
The special Act of the Company (1891) requires and empowers the construction of the
line " from a point on the outlet of Kootenay Lake at or near the Town of Nelson."
The "outlet," naturally, and as adopted by the Land Office in a Gazette notice of reserves,
dated 26th January, 1888, is about a mile west from the Nelson townsite.
The line, on emerging from the valley of Cottonwood-Smith Creek, does not approach the
said outlet, but swings round the mountain to the south of Nelson at a distance of about a
mile straight, and probably a mile and a half by any road from the main street, and at an
elevation of about 500 feet, and has been graded to terminate (at least for the present) on the
West Arm of Kootenay Lake at a point six or seven miles east from the "outlet," and, roughly
speaking, five miles from the town. 1010
Re Road Entrance of N. & F. S. Railway to Nelson.
1896
This construction, which gives the "go-by" to the town, is not, in our opinion, a due
construction of the railway according to the Company's Act of Incorporation (1891), such as
would entitle the Company to the release of the $25,000 security put up in accordance with
section 2 of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Subsidy Act, 1892.
We desire to bring to your notice that in the petitions or memorials of the inhabitants of
Nelson in support of the Company's applications for a charter and land grant, the location of
the terminus, not only on the lake shore at or near the town, and within the town if possible
(as to which possibility no doubt can exist) was pre-supposed; and, further, that the Provincial
Government contemplated the same condition, viz.:  that the railway was to be "from Nelson."
Which latter, particularly, appears in the correspondence and telegrams in the return to
an address sent to the House of Assembly on this subject, dated 18th March, 1890.
The Railway Company not having to complete construction until the spring of 1894 are
not yet in default (and we do not wish to suggest that they contemplate default), but inasmuch
as no work is being done to bring the line into the town, and to fix the terminus on the lake
shore therein, and as there is no apparent reason why this work should not be undertaken, we
wish at this time prudentially to represent to you how the matter stands.
And to place on record our emphatic protest against any relaxation in respect of the
performance of the above conditions by the Company.
We have, &c,
(Signed)        Harold Selous (and 29 others).
Name of Signers, Nelson Petition.
Harold Selous,
F. M. McLeod, Barrister,
R. E. Lemon, Merchant,
Edward Applewhaite, Real Estate Agent,
Robert A. Renwick, Editor " Nelson Miner,"
Geo. A. Bigelow, Merchant,
Wm. Wilson, Livery Stableman,
J. A. Gilker, Merchant,
John Houston, Printer, Editor "Tribune,"
A. J. Marks, Hotel-keeper,
0. Van Ness, Hotel-keeper,
E. C. Arthur, A.M., MD.,
H. G. Neelands, Lot Owner,
Geo. R. Robson, Merchant,
G. W. Richardson, Financial Agent,
W. N. Rolph, Manufacturer,
Arthur E. Hodgins, Civil Engineer,
J. W. Tolson, Lumberman,
A. S. Farwell, Civil Engineer,
Thos. Madden, Hotel-keeper,
J. H. Matheson, Barber,
Malone & Tregillus, Hotel-keepers,
John A. Turner, Clerk,
John A. Kirkpatrick, Clerk,
F. J. Farley, Merchant,
Alex. Johnson, Hotel,
Charles Jiszkowick, Watchmaker,
Dawson & Craddock, Hotel-keepers,
J. H. Bowes, Solicitor,
T. Allan, Accountant.
Victoria, October 27th, 1894.
The Honourable
The Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works,
Victoria.
Sir,—I have the honour of informing you that the completion of the Nelson and Fort
Sheppard Railway into the Town of Nelson is now being proceeded with by the construction
of the portion from Five Mile Point.
In accordance with assurances given me, when President of the Company, by the late
Premier, the Hon. John Robson, and by the late Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works,
the Hon. F. G. Vernon, that the undermentioned blocks would be reserved for and granted to
the Company for right of way and terminal purposes at Nelson, I now beg to ask that a Crown
grant may be issued to the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company of such blocks,
namely, blocks 62, 63, 64, 65, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, and 85.
I have, (fee,
(Signed)        C. T. Dupont,
Vice-President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway. 59 Vict.       Re Road Entrance of N. & F. S. Railway to Nelson. 1011
Victoria, B. C, October 30th, 1894.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 27th inst.
relative to the early completion of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railwsty into the Town of
Nelson, and asking that a Crown grant of certain blocks in that town be issued to the Company in pursuance of an understanding to that effect with the Government.
Your application will be taken under consideration by the Government at an early date.
In the meantime I beg to point out that blocks 62, 64, 71, and 85 are the property of the
Columbia and Kootenay Railway Company, and that blocks 63 and 65 are the Government
Buildings Reserve.
I have, &c.,
(Signed)        W. S. Gore,
Deputy Commissioner of Lands and  Works.
C. T. Dupont, Esq.,
Vice-President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway,
Stadacona, Victoria, B. C.
Victoria, November 7th, 1894.
The Hon. Theo. Davie,
Attorney-General and Premier, B. C.
Dear Davie,—I enclose a letter to myself from Mr. D. C. Corbin, President Nelson and
Fort Sheppard Railway, respecting the position we find ourselves in for water frontage and
terminal facilities for the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway at the Town of Nelson.
Mr. Corbin was here while you were east, and with him I went to the Lands and Works
Office to obtain a definite arrangement for terminal facilities at Nelson, never doubting that
the positive assurances of the late Premier, the late Mr. Robson, and of the Hon. Mr. Vernon
(while Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works), that the shore blocks in Nelson, at least
from Ward Street to the eastern boundary of the townsite, were reserved for the Nelson and
Fort Sheppard for terminal purposes, had secured to the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway
these blocks.
Mr. Corbin, as well as myself, was surprised to hear from Mr. Gore that the Canadian
Pacific Railway Company were claiming the entire remainder of the water frontage of the town,
thus practically excluding the Nelson and Fort Sheppard from running into Nelson and fulfilling
the terms of its charter.
I understand from Mr. Gore that the C. & K. Railway base their claim upon a letter from
the late Mr. Robson, but both Mr. Pooley and Mr. Vernon tell me that there is an inaccuracy
in Mr. Robson's letter in respect to the statement that the matter had received the consideration and sanction of the Executive ; that, as a matter, of fact, it was never considered in
Executive Council. I am sure also that Mr. Robson did not think the matter was so settled,
or must have signed the letter to the C. P. R. inadvertently, as I know he was definite in his
promises to me of the frontage for the Nelson and Fort Sheppard.
I need hardly point out to you that it will be as great a disappointment to the people of
Nelson if the Nelson and Fort Sheppard cannot run into Nelson and has to make its terminus at
Bogustown as it will be to Mr. Corbin and the Directors of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard ;
nor, also, that the value of property in Nelson will be considerably affected by such a result,
and that the Government has a large pecuniary interest in the Town of Nelson.
I hope you will kindly give me a hearing in this matter before making any compromising
arrangements with the C, P. R.
Sincerely yours,
(Signed)        C. T. Dupont,
Vice-President N. & Ft. S. Railway. 1012 Re Road Entrance of N. & F. S. Railway to Nelson. 1896
Tacoma, Wash., October 19th, 1894.
C. T. Dupont, Esq.,
Vice-President, Victoria, B. C.
Dear Sir,—Referring to our conference on yesterday and the great surprise we all felt
when informed that the Canadian Pacific Railway Company had made an application for a Crown
grant for the entire water front at Nelson, basing their application upon a letter from the
former Premier, the Hon. John Robson, I cannot help reiterating what I then said, viz.,
that we should protest most emphatically against the issuance of such Crown grant, at least
before we are given an opportunity to be fully heard.
The Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company was chartered to build a road from the
International Boundary Line to Nelson, and was promised by the Government that it should
have terminal facilities on the Government reserve at Nelson. Relying upon this promise as
one of the important conditions, the Company has proceeded, in the face of tremendous difficulties, to carry out in good faith its undertaking and is now prepared to carry its road into
Nelson.
Members of the Government have informed me from the beginning that the Nelson and
Fort Sheppard should have terminal ground upon the water front reserve, with the water
front, and you have often told me that the former Premier, the Hon. John Robson, had given
you the same assurances.
Under these circumstances I cannot believe that the application referred to will be
granted until we have the fullest opportunity to be heard, and I have too much confidence in
the good faith of the Government to believe that it will do it.
I recollect very well that it was said that the Canadian Pacific Railway Company had
received one-half of the townsite of Nelson and a large part of the water front for bringing its
road into Nelson, and that the remaining part of the water front reserve should be held for
the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway, which has built twice as many miles of road to reach
that point.
Of course you will see the Hon. Mr. Davie immediately upon his return in respect to this
matter, and will kindly write me. I will not trouble you further now—we went over the
matter pretty thoroughly, personally.
Very truly,
(Signed)        D. C. Corbin,
President.
14th November, 1894.
C. T. Dupont, Esq.,
Vice-President Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway,
Victoria.
Dear Sir,—I have your letter of the 7th inst., enclosing copy of a letter from Mr.
Corbin, President of the road, dated the 19th of October, in reference to the water front east
of Ward Street, in the Town of Nelson, and to the terminal facilities sought to be acquired by
the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company therein, and also referring to the claim of the
Canadian Pacific Railway Company to be entitled to the water front in question.
In reply, I beg to say that I have perused the correspondence in the matter and am not
at present able to gather from the same any agreement by the Government to grant the
Canadian Pacific Railway Company the water front east of Ward Street.
There may be other correspondence or official information upon the subject which I have
not yet come across, but at present, from the correspondence which I have already seen, the
claim of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to the water front east of Ward Street does
not seem to be well founded.
I do not give much weight to the statement which you say both Mr. Pooley and Mr.
Vernon have made you that the matter had never received the sanction and consideration of
the Executive, as any knowledge upon the subject would be derived from the recollection of
those gentlemen only, and after this space of time I feel sure that it would be impossible for
them to speak with any degree of accuracy as to what might have transpired in Executive three
or four years ago. 59 Vict.       Re Road Entrance of N. & F. S. Railway to Nelson. 1013
You can safely rely upon the Government concluding no arrangements to turn the
portion of the foreshore in question over to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, to the
detriment of the interests of your Company, at least without giving you a hearing in the
matter.
At the same time, whilst it appears more than doubtful whether any arrangement was
ever made with the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to give them all of the water front, it
is equally doubtful whether any assurance was ever given by the Government that the Nelson
and Fort Sheppard Railway Company should receive a grant to the water front, or any portion
of it, and when you mention " the positive assurances of the late Premier, Mr. Robson, and of
the Hon. Mr. Vernon, that the shore blocks in Nelson, at least from the water front to the
eastern boundary of the townsite, were reserved for the Nelson and Fort Sheppard for terminal
purposes," I can only say that no record appears of any such assurances.
If the Nelson and Fort Sheppard is to acquire any terminal facilities in addition to the land
grant under their Act, it seems to me that the question will be one for future arrangement.
So far as I can see, neither the Canadian Pacific Railway Company nor the Nelson and Fort
Sheppard Railway Company have any title or claim whatever to the foreshore east of Ward
Street. Yours truly,
(Signed)        Theodore Davie,
A ttorney-General.
Victoria, B. C, December 5th, 1894.
Sir,—I enclose for your information copy of a telegram from this department to the
Government Agent at Nelson, also a copy of his reply to the same.
I have, (fee,
(Signed)        Geo. B. Martin.
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
H. Abbott, Esq.,
General Superintendent C. P. R.,
Vancouver, B. G.
Nelson, B. O, November 29th.
Deputy Commissioner of Lands and Works,
Victoria.
No one at present, Nelson Fort Shepperd Railway approaching from five mile point will
build terminus on block seventy-two, Nelson petition to Premier twenty-seventh November
last year compel Company to build into Nelson.
N.  Fitzstubbs.
Vancouver, B. O, 7th December, 1894.
Honourable G. B. Martin,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works,
Victoria, B. G.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your favour of the 5th instant,
enclosing copies of telegrams which passed between your department and the Government
Agent at Nelson, and to thank you for your attention in this matter.
I was informed that the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company were encroaching
upon the right of way granted to this Company through the Nelson townsite, and sent a
person down there for the express purpose of ascertaining whether this was true or not, and I
found that they had not trespassed on these lands, but had graded their track up to the
eastern boundary of the townsite and abutting on the Company's right of way, with the
evident expectation that they would extend their grading along that right of way.
Trusting that you will shortly authorize the issue of a patent for the right of way agreed
to be given to this Company and thereby settle all question as to title,
I have, &c.,
(Signed)        H.  Abbott,
President. 1014 Re Road Entrance of N. & E. S. Railway to Nelson. 1896
Victoria, B. G, December 27th, 1894.
Sir,—I have the honour to inform you that the Government have had under consideration
the correspondence which has taken place relative to a right of way for the Columbia and
Kootenay Railway and Navigation Company through the townsite of Nelson, and so far as
seen it appears that the Company are entitled thereto, and the Government now propose to
make them a grant of the same. I have, <fec,
(Signed)        Geo. B. Martin,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
C. T. Dupont, Esq.,
Vice-President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company,
Stadacona, Victoria, B. C.
Victoria, B. C, December 28th, 1894.
Sir,—I have the honour of acknowledging receipt this day of your letter of 27th instant
stating that "the Government have had under consideration the correspondence which has
taken place relative to right of way for the Columbia and Kootenay Railway and Navigation
Company through the townsite of Nelson, and so far as seen it appears that the Company are
entitled thereto, and the Government now propose to make them a grant of the same."
I had the honour of addressing a letter on the 7th December last, on this subject, to the
Hon. Theo. Davie, Premier, and received a reply from him dated November 14th in which he
states " I have perused the correspondence in the. matter and am not at present able to gather
from the same any agreement by the Government to grant to the Canadian Pacific Railway
Company the water front east of Ward Street," and again, " you may safely rely upon the
Government concluding no arrangement to turn the portion of the foreshore in question over
to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company to the detriment of the interests of your Company,
at least without giving you a hearing in the matter."
In accordance with this assurance I beg to ask that you will defer action in this matter
until the arrival here of the President of my road (Mr. D. C. Corbin) whom I have requested
to come here and whom I expect about the 4th proximo, and that you will then be good
enough to give us a hearing in the matter.
I have, &c,
(Signed)        C. T. Dupont,
Vice-President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.
The Hon. G. B. Martin,
Chief Commissioner of Lands and  Works,
Victoria, B. C.
Victoria, B. C, January 9th, 1895.
Re Nelson and Fort Sheppard, Railway terminal facilities in Town of Nelson.
Sir,—Before the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company undertook the construction
of the road, the then President of the Company was assured by different members of the
Government that the Government would grant to the Company ground with water frontage
for terminal purposes at the Town of Nelson.
The Company, relying upon the carrying out of these assurances, has faithfully, and in
accordance with its Act of Incorporation, completed the construction of the road to the
eastern boundary of the Town of Nelson, and now finds its further progress barred by written
notice from the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works that the Government intends to
convey to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company the remainder of the entire water frontage
of the Town of Nelson not already conveyed to that Company, placing this Company in the
position of having to treat with the Canadian Pacific Company for the privilege of entering
the Town of Nelson.
I have to ask your consideration of the following facts :—
1st. That the Canadian Pacific Railway Company has already, besides having been
granted one-half the townsite of Nelson for speculative purposes, been granted more than
one-half the water frontage, being much more than the requirements of the Company for
terminal puposes. 59 Vict.       Re Road Entrance of N. & F. S. Railway to Nelson. 1015
2nd. That if the object of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company in desiring the ground
now asked for is to obtain right of way to the eastern boundary of Nelson (as stated by that
Company's Superintendent, Mr. Abbott, at the recent interview granted by you to that
gentleman and the President and Vice-President of this Company), it is not necessary or even
important to that Company that it should be granted the water frontage, inasmuch as the
topography of the country affords abundance of right of way facilities further back from the
shore front.
3rd. That a right of way into Nelson and terminal grounds shut off from the water and
intersected every 200 feet by streets would be entirely useless to the Nelson and Fort Sheppard
Railway Company, as Mr. Superintendent Abbott, who made the suggestion, very well knows.
4th. That the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company has constructed in Kootenay
District as many miles of Railway as all other companies combined, and has not been assisted
by money subsidies or guarantees of bonds as have the other railway companies.
5th. That the construction of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway has been of the
greatest benefit to the District of Kootenay, and that it is the only all-rail route into that
District, affording uninterrupted communication throughout the entire year.
The Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company, in good faith, has carried out all its
undertakings with your Government, and all the provisions of its Act of Incorporation, and I
am now, on behalf of the Directors of the Company, most respectfully to protest against the
Company being placed in the position of having to treat with, and make terms with, the
Canadian Pacific Railway Company for permission to enter the Town of Nelson.
I may be permitted to add that the Company has had the material on the ground for
several weeks for completion of the track to the Government wharf in Nelson.
I am, etc.,
(Signed)        C. T. Dupont,
Vice-President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.
The Hon. Thco. Davie,
Attorney-General, Premier, British Columbia,
Victoria.
Victoria, B. C, January 22nd, 1895.
Sir,—It being necessary that the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company should
provide itself without further delay with terminal buildings and facilities for operation of the
road at Nelson, I beg to ask the favour of a reply to my letter of 9th inst. on the subject of
terminal grounds at Nelson, which will indicate definitely whether this Company may or may
not expect from your Government a grant of sufficient land on the shore front within the
limits of the Town of Nelson for terminal purposes, in order that the Company may know
whether to proceed with the erection of their terminal buildings at the present terminus of
the road.
I am, etc.,
(Signed)        C. T. Dupont,
Vice-President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway.
The Hon. Theo. Davie,
Attorney-General, Premier, B. C.
11th February, 1895.
Major C. T. Dupont,
Vice-President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway,
Victoria.
Sir,—Referring to your letters of January 5th and 22nd, respectively, and to the fact
that at the conference between Mr. Corbin and yourself on one hand and Mr. Abbott on the
other, when matters were left in statu quo, upon the understanding that upon Sir William
Van Home's return from England the Presidents of the respective roads, the Canadian Pacific
and the Nelson and Fort Sheppard, would endeavour to arrive at a settlement of the right of
way question, I am now glad to have been informed that an arrangement has been entered
into under which the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway are to have terminal facilities. 1016 Re Road Entrance of N. & E. S. Railway to Nelson. 1896
It will, therefore, I presume, be unnecessary for me to take further steps regarding the
subject-matter of your letter of the 22nd January.
Respecting the letter of January 5th, in which you request the return of securities deposited
with the Government for the construction of the railway, I beg to enclose you a protest on
behalf of the Bank of Montreal in favour of certain claims, and shall be glad to hear from you
thereon. I have, etc.,
(Signed)        Theodore Davie,
A ttorney-General.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
Victoria, B. C, June 5th, 1895.
D. C. Corbin, Esq.,
Spokane, Washington.
Dear Sir,—I had an interview with Sir William Van Home towards the end of May at
Montreal, who informed me that he had come to a satisfactory arrangement with you with
regard to the extension of your line into the Town of Nelson, and that he had so arranged
that your terminus should be contiguous to the Columbia and Kootenay Railway; also that
you would be afforded a water front.
On my recent visit to Nelson I was informed by Mr. Hume, the M.P.P. for that district,
and a deputation which accompanied him, that your agent had just arrived at Nelson with a
view to making your terminus at Bogustown, outside the City of Nelson.
I should be glad to hear from you at your earliest convenience what arrangements you
propose to make with a view to coming into the Town of Nelson.
I am, &c,
(Signed)        James Baker,
Provincial Secretary.
Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Co.,
Spokane, Washington, June 10th, 1895.
Hon. James Baker,
Provincial Secretary, Victoria, B. G.
Sir,—Replying to your letter of the Sth inst. I have to say that I have not been made
aware of any change of attitude, either on the part of the Government or the Canadian Pacific
Railway Company, since I received notice from them not to trespass upon the townsite of
Nelson, or upon the right of way of the C. P. R. Company. The information you received
from Mr. Hume, M. P. P., was entirely without foundation, as no agent of mine, or of this
Company, has been in Nelson or at Kootenay Lake at any time this year with a view of
locating the terminus of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Road, and I am quite at a loss to
understand from what source Mr. Hume obtained his information.
Respectfully,
(Signed)        D. C. Corbin.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
Victoria, B. C, June 13th, 1895.
Harry Abbott, Esq.,
Canadian Pacific Raihcay,  Vancouver.
Dear Sir,—When in Montreal a few weeks ago I had an interview with Sir William
Van Home, re the extension of the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway into the Town of
Nelson, and he informed me that no difficulties would be placed in the way by the C. P. R.,
and that Mr. Corbin would be granted the right of way to the present terminus of the C. P. R.,
together with a water front.
Upon visiting Nelson shortly afterwards I had an interview with Mr. Hume, M. P. P.,
and others, who impressed upon me the importance of having this matter settled without
delay. I informed them of the decision arrived at by Sir William Van Home, but they
replied that an agent of Mr. Corbin was then in Nelson with a view to making a terminus at
what is known as Bogustown. I consequently wrote to Mr. Corbin upon the subject, and
received a reply from him, a copy of which I enclose. >9 Vict.      Re Road Entrance of N. & F. S. Railway to Nelson. 1017
The Government would call your attention, to the necessity of having this matter decided
as soon as possible, and perhaps you will be good enough to communicate with Sir William
Van Home and ask him to notify the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway Company that the
embargo placed upon their entrance to the town and right of way is removed.
I am, &c.,
(Signed)        James Baker,
Provincial Secretary.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company,
Vancouver, B. C, 15th June, 1895.
Col. Hon. Jas. Baker,
Provincial Secretary, &c,  Victoria, B. C.
Dear Sir,—Referring to your favour of the 13th instant I enclose you a copy of a letter
written to Mr. Corbin on the 20th March last, which will give you a correct idea of the
proposition then made to him, and which appears to me to give him all he requires.
It is somewhat remarkable that I have never had a reply to this letter.
I think you will agree with me that it is not an unreasonable condition which we have
made in this connection, namely, that a reasonable arrangement should be entered into to
enable us to extend our line from the east boundary of the townsite of Nelson to a crossing
with his line at Five Mile Point, and you will no doubt agree with me that such an arrangement would be desirable in order to prevent difficulty and litigation hereafter.
Yours truly,
(Signed)        H. Abbott,
General Superintendent.
Canadian Pacific Railway Company,
Vancouver, B. C, 20th March, 1895.
D. C. Corbin, Esq.,
President Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway,
Nelson, B. C.
Dear Sir,—I have recently returned from Montreal, and while there had a discussion
with our management about the terminal arrangements at Nelson, and I write now to say
that they are willing to consider a proposition which will give you an entrance into Nelson
on our right of way on the side next to the lake and as far west as Hall street, with the understanding that we get a suitable concession from you with regard to building an independent
line between the eastern boundary of Nelson and Five Mile Point.
I may say to you that the management do not care about having a track in common with
any other road, and would prefer to have an independent line in this case as in all similar
cases.
I venture to suggest, therefore, that you should have your engineers make a survey of
the continuation of your line from the eastern boundary of Nelson to such point on our right
of way as you desire to extend your line to, and at the same time furnish me with a copy of
your plan of the right of way between the eastern boundary of Nelson and Five Mile Point,
and when this has been done I propose sending an engineer down to look over the whole
matter, and will ask you to have your engineer meet him, so that they can discuss any question
of difference that there may be between them as to the proposed arrangement.
As I presume you will be anxious to get your line completed as soon as possible into
Nelson, I will be glad to act promptly on hearing from you.
Yours truly,
(Signed)        H. Abbott,
General. Superintendent.
victoria, b. c. :
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty,

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