BLASTS FROM THE PAST March 19 – Speaking Italian to a Russian – Over $100 of tobacco stolen

Chronicles of Boundary Country from the pages of The Boundary Creek Times Volume V, No. 15 – December 17, 1898

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➤ Licensing Court – “Hotelkeepers were treated to their quarterly lecture at the regular sitting of the licensing court.

The theme for this quarter’s lecture was gambling in licensed hotels. The commissioners had found tables with holes in the center in all but one hotel—and while none of the hotelkeepers were charged with allowing gambling, they were told to avoid the appearance of evil.

“Tables with holes in the center were intended for gambling purposes and the commissioners did not license gambling joints, they licensed hotels.”

Another licensing issue came before the court when “A. Bourke’s application for a hotel license for the Ottawa House was refused. An objection was voiced by the police magistrate when he stated that the building was not fit for a hotel. The court was not going to grant a hotel license for a shack.”

➤ Mistaken Identity – “Mr. Wickwire, the enterprising manager for W.M. Law & Co., is occupying his spare moments in studying the Italian language. He made his first attempt to hold a little conversation with a swarthy-looking customer yesterday, but as the man turned out to be a Russian, no headway was made in this conversation.”

➤ Advertisement – The P. Burns & Co. in Greenwood is advertising that they deal in “Fresh and Cured Meats; Fish and Oysters; Live and Dressed Poultry” and will deliver meats to all mine sites free of charge, and will “attend to all mail orders promptly.” Other shops “for the Boundary Creek division are located at Cascade, Grand Forks, Niagara and Midway.”

➤ Railway Construction – “It is now almost certain that railway construction will commence in the vicinity of Greenwood before the end of the year. The contractors are busy grading within 8 miles of Greenwood. The C.P.R.’s physician at Cascade, Dr. Foster, has received instructions to move to Greenwood in a very short time.”

➤ Municipal Election Campaign – “There are two candidates in the field for the mayoralty contest in Greenwood. Mr. Ralph Smailes is the manager for Rendell & Co. He is a shrewd and careful business man. With Mr. Smailes in the chair we feel sure that municipal business would not be carried on in an irregular and haphazard fashion. Mr. Thomas Hardy is a member of the Russell Hardware Company and has always shown himself to be an enterprising and public-spirited citizen and has always taken a keen interest in public affairs. With these two candidates, the electors have some assurance that Greenwood will not be without a good mayor . . . Mr. Smailes will, in our opinion, be the next mayor.

“He is the right man for the position. The Times will use every effort towards securing his election.” (ed. – Mr. Hardy won, 81 to 60 votes. So much for biased media coverage.)

 

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