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 60 Vict.
Re Title to Revelstoke Town Lots.
993
RETURN
To an Order of the House for a Return showing the present position of the settlement
of the question of the title to the disputed lands in the Railway Belt, so far as the
Town of Revelstoke is concerned, with names of original grantees, and a list of
parties claiming under them, so far as is known, with descriptions of property and
nature of title. Also, how many of these have made application through the
Provincial Government for Dominion patents, with dates of applications and the
action taken in respect of each.
D. M. EBERTS,
A ttorney- General.
Attorney-General's Office,
May, 1897.
Provincial Grant to A. S. Farwell.
Crown Grant dated 13th January, 1885, issued to Arthur Stanhope Farwell, of Lot 6,
Group I, Kootenay District, containing 1,175 acres. Part of this area includes the Townsite
of Revelstoke.
List (No. 1) of Farwell's Grantees furnished by him, but without Addresses, which
he did not know.
Disputed Lands in Railway Belt, Town of Revelstoke,
Part of Lot 6, Group I., Kootenay District.
List of Lots for which Conveyances and Agreements for Scde have been issued by A. S. Farwell.
Block.
II.
Lot.
1 &2
3
4
5
6
7
8 &9
10
1 &2
3
4
5
6
Name.
Ella Ann Hibbs ,	
Martin Angel	
John Shwartz	
Geo. C. Shaw	
Malcolm R. Ross	
Thomas A. Sproat	
William Cowan	
Gilbert Malcolm Sproat	
William M. Brown and Adam Bell Ferguson
Gustavus Blin Wright	
William Roper Hull	
William John Green	
John Stone	
Conveyance
or
Date.
Agreement.
Agreement..
May 19th,
1885.
"
July 22nd,
//
Conveyance.
Dec. 2nd,
//
Agreement..
Aug. Sth,
//
Conveyance.
Nov. 26th,
1886.
a
April 7th,
1887.
"
April 2nd,
1886.
Conveyance.
March 20th
1886.
a          ..
Aug. 3rd,
//
Agreement..
July 19th,
1885.
//           . .
July 16th,
July 1st,
„ 994
Re Title to Revelstoke Town Lots.
1897
Block.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.
VIII.
IX.
X.
XI.
XII.
Lot.
1
2
2
4
4a
5
5a
6
7
1 &2
3
4, 5, 6,\
7, s, 9.;
6 & 7
12, 13,14
3
4
5
7
8
10
1
2
8
9
9a
10
1
2
3, 4, 5
8
16
1
4
Name.
Benjamin Benson	
West J, John Fred Hume	
East J, James Laughlin	
John Lanberg and Lars B. Larsen..
Francis Kelly	
Hiram Biggie and William Connell.
James Laughlin	
Charles Barrett  	
Peter Peterson	
B. C. Government	
John Abranamson	
Gilbert Malcolm Sproat	
James Charles Prevost and William John Goepel
James Charles Prevost and William John Goepel
Edward L. Swain
Nils Hansen	
Gilbert Malcolm Sproat
Albert MeCari
Allan K. Stewart	
John Madden	
Herbert Hamblin	
William Franklin Murray .
Theodore Sebring	
Homer Allen	
Thomas Lance	
James McDonald and James Gordon	
J. Fred Hume, T. H. Dobson, and J. W. McNully.
Charles P. Miller	
Sam. H. Wertman	
Roland D. Blair	
John Kirkup	
William Charles Ross	
W. F. Teitzel and W. H. Norris.
Edward Crawford	
Duncan McGillivray	
John Cranston . .
R. E. Lemon
Sidney W. Lobb
Ellen Swift	
John Cranston ..
Dolly Murray
W. R. Hull..
Delia Mitchell.
Conveyance
or
Agreement.
Agreement.
Conveyance
Agreement.
Conveyance.
Agreement..
Conveyance.
// ..
Conveyance
Conveyance
Agreement.
Conveyance
Sold, but no
Agreement
executed.
Conveyance.
Agreement
Conveyance
Agreement
Paid in full.
Agreement
Conveyance
Agreement
Conveyance
Agreement
Conveyance
Agreement.
Conveyance
Agreement.
Convej-ance
Date.
Aug. 15th,
Jan. 27th,
Feb. 18th,
Aug. 5th,
Aug. 20th,
Aug. 9th,
Nov. 28th,
June 30th,
July 18th,
May 13th,
Dec. 2nd,
1885.
1887.
1885.
1S86.
1885.
1886.
1885.
Nov. 26th,   1886.
Dec. 10th,    1885.
Dec. 10th,    1885.
Aug. 3rd,     1885.
March 25th, 1886.
March 4th,      /,
April 2nd,       i,
Aug. 18th, 1885.
18S5.
April 5th,     1886.
July Sth,
Aug. 14th,
Aug. 22nd,
April 7th,
Aug. 15th,
1887.
1885.
May 15th,
Aug. 22nd,
Aug. 15th,
Aug. 21st,
Aug. 15th,
Oct. 5th,
July 2nd,
Aug. 14th,
Sept. 9th,
Aug. 14th,
Aug. 22nd,
July 10th,
Aug. 16th,
April 9th,
Nov. 29th,
Aug. 20th,
May 7th,
1886.
1885.
1886.
1887.
1885
1886.
1885.
1887.
Aug. 22nd, 1885.
Oct. 10th, 1886. 60 Vict.
Re Title to Revelstoke Town Lots.
995
Advertisement published in Government  Gazette,  Victoria Daily  Colonist, and
Kootenay Mail, June, 1896.
Attorney-General's Office, June 10th, 1896.
NOTICE.
Disputed Lands in Railway Belt.
Lot 6, Group I., Townsite of Farwell
Lot 7, Group I.,
Kootenay District.
Original grantee-
- Arthur Stanhope Farwell.
Gustavus Blin Wright.
Lot 513, Group I
Lot 526,
Lot 497,
Lot 529,
Lot 452,
Lot 525,
Lot 528,
Lot 496,
Yale District (Kamloops Division).
Original Grantee
-George Bohun Martin.
Gustavus Blin Wright.
Gustavus Blin Wright.
James Mcintosh,
William Bell Wilson.
George Byrnes.
Charles Edward Perry.
William Arthur Beddoe.
Simon John Tunstall,
James K. Callbreath.
Arrangements having been made between the respective Governments of the Dominion of
Canada and the Province of British Columbia, whereby owners of lands in above-named
districts deriving their titles through original grantees from the Provincial Government may
obtain confirmatory grants of said lands from the Dominion Government, notice is hereby given
that all persons owning lands as aforesaid are requested to forward their applications for such
grants forthwith to the undersigned, together with their title deeds or authenticated copies
thereof, in order that the same may be examined, and releases and surrenders prepared for
execution. Arthur G. Smith,
Deputy-Attorney General.
Circular
sent to the Government Agent at Revelstoke, to be addressed and posted to Farwell's
Grantees as per above list (No. 1) where addresses known, 8th July, 1896.
Attorney-General's Office,
Victoria, June 10th,
1896.
Disputed Land in Railway Belt.
Sir,—I have the honour to inform you that arrangements have been made between the
respective Governments of the Dominion of Canada and the Province of British Columbia,
whereby original grantees of lands from the Provincial Government, set forth in the Schedule
hereto, or persons deriving their titles through the original grantees, may obtain confirmatory
grants of the same from the Dominion Government.
If you are still the owner of such land I have to request that you will forward to this
office forthwith an application for a confirmatory grant of the same, together with the title
deeds, or authenticated copies thereof, relating to said lands, in order that the same may be
examined; and if approved, releases and surrenders will be prepared and forwarded to you for
your execution.
If you have conveyed said land, or any part thereof, will you please forward me a list of
the grantees and their addresses, together with a description of the land conveyed.
Arthur G. Smith,
Deputy-Attorney General. 996
Re Title to Revelstoke Town Lots.
1897
SCHEDULE.
Disputed Lands in Railway Belt.
Kootenay District.
Lot 6, Group I., Townsite of Farwell—Original Grantee—Arthur Stanhope Farwell.
Lot 7, Group I., n Gustavus Blin Wright.
Kamloops Division of Yale District.
Lot 513, Group I.—Original Grantee—George Bohun Martin.
Lot 526,
Lot 497,
Lot 529,
Lot 452,
Lot 525,
Lot 528,
Lot 496,
Gustavus Blin Wright.
Gustavus Blin Wright.
j James Mcintosh,
{ William Bell Wilson.
George Byrnes.
Charles Edward Perry.
William Arthur Beddoe.
Simon John Tunstall,
James K. Callbreath.
List of Farwell's Grantees to whom Notices were posted by the Government Agent in August, 1896.
Block.
II.
III.
IV.
V.
VI.
VII.
VIII.
IX.
X.
XI.
Lot.
10
3
4
6
3
4 to 9
6&7
13
7
4
3
7
9
10
1
2
16
Name.
Malcolm Ross....
Thomas A. Sproat
William Cowan
G. M. Sproat	
G. B. Wright
W. R. Hull. .
John Stone ..
J. Fred. Hume .
J. Abrahamson.
G. M. Sproat...
J. C. Prevost and W. J. Goepel.
W. J. Goepel	
G. M. Sproat	
Jno. Madden.-..,	
J. Fred. Hume	
J. Kirkup 	
Teitzel and Norris. .
Duncan McGillivray .
John Cranston
R. E. Lemon   ..
John Cranston
W. R. Hull.
Posted to what Address.
Revelstoke, B.C.
Victoria, B.C.
Revelstoke, B.C.
Nelson, B.C.
Ainsworth, B.C.
Calgary, N.W.T.
Revelstoke, B.C.
Nelson, B.C.
Revelstoke, B.C.
Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, B.C.
Nelson, B.C.
Roseburg, B.C.
Nelson, B.C.
R.ossland, B.C.
Sent to Teitzel, at Nelson.
Ashcroft (returned by Dead Letter Office).
Old Man's Home, Kamloops.
Nelson, B.C.
Old Man's Home, Kamloops.
Kamloops, B.C. 60 Vict. Re Title to Revelstoke Town Lots. 997
Applications received, and how dealt with.
22nd June, 1896.—G. M. Sproat.—Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, Block IV; Lot 7, Block VII.
These lots have all been sold by the Dominion. Government prior to
29th March, 1895, and do not come within the scope of the agreement between the Dominion and Provincial Governments.
18th Oct.,  1896.—A. S. Farwell.
No surrender yet executed. Awaiting particulars of sales (with maps)
of his land by Dominion Government and production of original
Provincial grant to A. S. Farwell.
14th Sept., 1896.—Roland D. Blair.—Lot 6, Block IX.
Surrenders executed and received, but deeds returned to Blair 26th
October, 1896, for a declaration of identity of the party from
whom he purchased, in order to satisfy the Solicitors of the
Dominion Government, as the names were not the same in both
deeds.
30th July, 1896.—Albert J. Stone.—Lot 6, Block II.
Wrote him 30th July, 1896, asking him to furnish conveyance and
probate of his father's will, in order to prepare surrender and
release.
7th  Jan., 1897.—Brown and Clarke.—Lots 1 and 2, Block I.; Lot 5, Block IX.
January 7th, 1897, documents returned with instructions as to perfecting their title in order to draw release and surrender.
Deputy Attorney-General to G. E. Shaw, Secretary Board of Trade, Revelstoke.
Attorney-General's Office, 13th April, 1897.
Sir,—I have the honour, by direction, to acknowledge the receipt of your communication
of the 8th inst., in which you call attention to the resolution of a public meeting held on the
7th inst. for the discussion of the subject of the title to lands at Revelstoke.
I have the honour to point out, and am glad that the opportunity is afforded me by your
communication, that the Dominion Government jointly with the Provincial have taken all
steps in their power to settle the title of the Revelstoke lands.
The arrangement arrived at is that any person claiming a title to lands in dispute, may
obtain a Dominion Crown Grant by simply communicating with this Department and executing a release, which will be prepared here and forwarded to him for execution.
Public notice of this has been advertised in Revelstoke, and circulars calling attention to
it mailed to every person who was supposed to be interested in any lot, whether claiming under
Mr. Farwell or under any other person.
In response to this advertisement and these circulars only four have sent in any claims.
It would therefore appear that the parties concerned, viz., the owners of the lots, take no
interest whatever in obtaining an absolute and indisputable title, such as is offered.
If the interest which you state is taken by the citizens can be turned to account by persuading those who have titles or claims to any lots in Revelstoke to advise this Department of
that fact, your efforts will not be in vain. But until the parties interested respond to our
offers, you will see that it is absolutely impossible to proceed further.
The few claims that have been sent in are being promptly attended to, and others will
have similar treatment as soon as received.
Trusting that our efforts will meet with the co-operation of the Board which you represent,
I have, etc.,
Arthur G. Smith,
Deputy Attorney-General 998 Re Title to Revelstoke Town Lots. 1897
Deputy Attorney-General to G. E. Shaw, Secretary Board of Trade, Revelstoke.
Attorney-General's Office, 14th April, 1897.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 10th.
instant, in which you forward a copy of a letter received by Mr. Davies, Inspector of the
Provincial Building and Loan Association, from the Deputy Minister of the Interior under
date the 31st March ult.
The letter is perfectly correct in stating that the Registrars have received instructions to
register deeds to lands at Revelstoke, and such instructions were contained in a circular from
this Department under date the 25th September last.
You will therefore see that the statement contained in the letter, a copy of which you
enclosed, that " there has been great delay on account of the refusal of the Government of
British Columbia to issue instructions to the local Registrars to register titles granted by the
Dominion for lands within the railway belt, but 1 believe that the necessary instructions have
now been issued to the Registrars by the Provincial authorities, and that this difficulty is a
thing of the past, so far at least as lands in the Townsite of Revelstoke are concerned," hardly
places the matter in a fair light before you. The only difficulty this Department has had in
the question of the registration of titles, lies in the fact that we are unable to procure correct
descriptions of the lands granted by the Dominion.
The instructions of the 26th September, 1896, were given to cover the registration of all
lands which the Registrars were sure were in the belt, and the titles of which were otherwise
good. These no doubt have been complied with all along, and the present difficulty is as stated
to you in my letter of yesterday.
I have, etc.,
Arthur G. Smith,
Deputy Attorney-General.
Secretary of Department of the Interior to the Hon. Attorney-General.
Ottawa, 23rd April, 1897.
Sir,—I have the honour, by direction, to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the
31st ultimo, with regard to the disputed lands in the British Columbia Railway Belt, and in
reply to say that the plans and documents which you ask for in your letter are now being prepared, and will be forwarded as soon as ready.
VICTORIA, B. C. :
Printed by Richard Wolfenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty
1897.

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