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RETURN To an Order of the House for a Return of all petitions of correspondence in possession of the… British Columbia. Legislative Assembly 1898

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 61 Vict.    Correspondence—Bridge over Fraser, near Chimney Creek.      955
To an Order of the House for a Return of all petitions or correspondence in possession
of the Government, or any member thereof, in reference to the construction of a
bridge over the Fraser, near Chimney Creek.
Provincial Secretary's Office, Provincial Secretary.
28th March, 1898.
Copy of a letter dated Chilcotin, B. C, March 4th, 1898, from F. M. Becher to the Lieutenan-
Governor in Council.
I have the honour to forward to you herewith, a  petition for a bridge across the Fraser
River at Chimney Creek.    It is to be hoped that you do your utmost to secure the same.
Chilcotin, B.C., January 24th, 1898.
To the Lieut.-Covernor in Council, Victoria:
We,   the undersigned  residents of  Chilcotin,  in  the  Electoral  District of Cariboo, do
humbly beg that you give this petition your earnest consideration.
The petition sheweth :—
That we are practically excluded from all communication with the Cariboo Waggon Road,
owing to the lack of proper facilities for crossing the Fraser River at Chimney Creek.
The present ferry at Chimney Creek consists of a small row boat, which is totally inadequate for the requirements of this section ; in order to cross horses or cattle, it is compulsory
to swim them, which is both inconvenient and dangerous.
All the freight for Chilcotin is crossed at Chimney Creek now, because freight can be
landed at 150-Mile House one-half a cent per pound cheaper than Soda Creek, and by crossing
at Chimney Creek 150-Mile House is four miles nearer to Chilcotin than Soda Creek.
No cattle buyers will purchase cattle here, owing to being compelled to swim them across
the Fraser River.
We are given to understand that the mail contract now running from Soda Creek to
Alexis Creek is going to be changed to 150-Mile House to Alexis Creek via Chimney Creek.
If this is the case, it is absolutely necessary for the Government to establish proper crossing
for the mails.
Chimney Creek is the natural outlet for this section, and should have the best facilities
for crossing, whereas it has the very worst.
Soda Creek has had a scow and cable for years, where there is no freight at all to cross
for Chilcotin.
Having clearly set forth our reasons for presenting this petition to you, we request that
you will do what is within your power to secure us a bridge across the Fraser River at
Chimney Creek.
And we, your petitioners, will ever pray.
(Signed)        Norman Lee,
Alex. Graham,
F. M. Beaumont,
Gerald Dester, J. P.,
Robert Graham,
George Constable,
and thirty-six others.
Printe<l by Richard Woleenden, Printer to the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty.


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