Hon. Mr. PRIOR.
We have got Maxwell but we have not got the mint yet. This matter is of vital importance to British Columbia, and let me tell the Minister of Finance that every day this is put off, and the mint and the assay offices are not established, means a huge sum of money lost to the merchants and people of Canada. Now, as a matter of fact, what do we find ? We find that nearly all the gold that is coming out of the Klondike, and a large portion of British Columbia is not going into the hands of Canadians in our own Canadian towns and cities, but is going to Seattle in Washington territory. Thereby, the merchants are losing the splendid trade that these miners bring with them when they bring their gold to the assay office. I have here a cutting from the Seattle Post Intelligencer, the heading of which certainly ought to make any man's eyes bulge out. It is dated January 1, 1901, and the heading is as follows :-
Forty-six Tons of Gold
Received at Seattle Assay Office in the Year 1900.
Over 7,000 Deposits Made.
Prodigious Quantity of Precious Metals, Valued at $22,038,775.12-Nearly $17,000,000 from the Klondike-$4,000,000 from Nome-Report for Calendar Year to Director of Mint Encouraging One.
At the close of business for the nineteenth century, Assayer Fred. A. Wing, of the Seattle office, announces that during the closing year of the century his receipts have issued for forty-six and one-eighth tons of gold and silver. Throughout the year the treasure poured into the office in a steady stream, reaching its highest mark and breaking all records for a single month in July, when in twenty-six working days over fourteen tons of precious metals were received.
The prodigious quantity of gold received during the year, as weighed at the assay office, amounted to 1,345,122-41 troy ounces.
It was owned and deposited by 7,106 persons and concerns.
Its total assay value was $22,038,775.12.
The average of the deposits is 190 ounces, valued at over $3,100 to each.
The bullion, as accounted for at the assay office, came from sources as follows :-
4,291,730 40British Columbia
667,225 47Washington and other states 133,382 17
out this session.
Subtopic: W. D. BURDIS,