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The ferry at Marcus has been obliged to close
operations on account of low water, but the time
is being utilized in improvement on the cable and
The Deer Trail mine will be sold at sheriff's,
sale in Colville December 28 to satisfy a judg
ment of the Lincoln county superior court. Eugene
T. Wilson as receiver of the Big Bend National
Bank of Davenport brought suit against the Deer
Trail Mining Company, a corporation, and received
judgment for $10,922.95. The company embraces
the Royal, Deer Trail, Happy Home and Elcona
properties. The Deer Trail has been a producer of
lead and silver for 12 years and was at one time
The Newport Miner appeared in bright form last
week and gave a write-up of the rich country trib
utary to the upper river metropolis. During the
year there were 33,000,000 feet of lumber manu
factured and dressed at Newport yards, with a
value of $450,000, and 85,000 cedar poles floated
from down-river points to -a value of $300,000.
Most of this money remained in that .vicinity in
payment for wages and stumpage, and $800,000
worth of lumber remains in the Newport yards
H. W. Sparks of Kettle Falls, deputy state fruit
inspector for Stevens county, was a county seat
business visitor Tuesday. He reports an inspec
tion of 36,000 trees last month, of which he con
demned 700 and disinfected 25,000. Mr. Sparks
has spent many years in the fruit business in
Stevens county and is enthusiastic over prospects
of growth in the local fruit industry. The main
trouble encountered is the lack of knowledge as to
what varieties are best for certain soils. Altitudes
will not successfully grow long-season fruit such
as Ben Davis and Newtown Pippins. The matter
of slope has not been conclusively proved in
Stevens county, although a strong sentiment fa
vors west and north slopes. Cherries on a
north slope are a success and this industry is
receiving a great deal of profitable attention.
From $200 to $500 an acre can be realized from
canning cherries and many trees are being set.
Stevens county nursery stock is given the prefer
ence by many old time fruit growers. Outside
stock is carefully watched, and to Mr. Sparks is
due the credit of keeping considerable poor stock
from being planted. The size of the county will
not allow as thorough an inspection of all importa
tions as he desires, but the information which he
is able to give to the many newcomers desirous of
entering the fruit business will be of incalculable
benefit to this great industry to which the county's
soil gives such great opportunity.
The Examiner does thA finest job printing.
Messrs. Ruehm, Brown and Charlton and others
chased and killed a black bear about four miles
north of Echo the first of the week. Bruin
weighed 150 pounds.
Applications for final proof on timber and stone
claims before U. S. Commissioner Jacob Stitzel
December 13 and 14 are made by the following:
James Crawford, Daniel McMillan, Ellery W.
Barham, Leola M. Tuck, Otis M. Tuck, May L.
Baker, Bose Kostka, George Hoffstetter, Ernest
Hem, John E. Mueller, Madge Seigle, Alex Moore,
Mary Carlin, Eva Stafford, Mary B. Cook, May S.
Lockie, Ethel Dowty.
Lidy McMillan, the seventeen year old daughter
of D. B. McMillan, died at the home of her father
near Echo Dec. 12. She was a young lady of
marked talent and of gentle, exemplary character.
She will be greatly missed by her father, sister
and brothers. Her mother and one sister pre
ceded her to the heavenly world. She left one
married sister in Michigan and five brothers here.
She was buried yesterday. The sorrowing family
have the sympathy of many friends in their
E. Anthony, a resident of the Basin, was a Col
ville business caller Saturday and paid this office
a pleasant call. He is one of those interested in
the Stevens County Lumber Company, a stock
company composed of local men, with A. B. Sans
burn as manager. The mill is on the north fork
of Haller creek, seven miles southwest of Colville.
It is of 40 horsepower with a 25,000 capacity. Tie
cutting will occupy their attention until spring,
when the company will go into the general lumber
business. Mr. Anthony is a sawyer by trade and
reports a large quantity of good growth medium
size timber within range of the mill.
T. F. Rogers, representing the Northwest
Mining News of Spokane, has been a Stevens
county visitor this week and spent several days in
Colville. He is gathering material for an extra
writeup of the Stevens county mining industry fcr
the February issue. The Northwest Mining News
has been very good to this county and is the only
Spokane publication which has exerted itself to
boom our industries. Many pages of descriptive
and illustrated matter have appeared regarding our
great mineral and lumber possessions, and on this
account the Examiner feels that the Mining News
has been of benefit to the county. When the time
shall come that the country becomes acquainted
with the great mineral resources of this county
there will be seen an influx of money and popula
tion which will place Stevens county in the place
of importance to which it is entitled. And every
thing aiding in this direction is welcomed by the