THE WEST SHORE. -105 Fort Benton and Sun River to work the Deep Creek mines in "gW County. The mines ore situated near the mouth of Deep Creek, or Smith River, and not far from the site of the future city at the.Great Falls of the Missouri. As an aid to building up a manufacturing city at the falls these extensive coal deposits will be invaluable. An enterprise of great importance to the City of Olympia has been announced. The discovery of vast beds of a superior quality of coal in Hannaford Valley, Washington Territory, has led to the formation of the Eliot Coal Mining Company, for the purpose of develop, ing the mines. A narrow gauge road loading from thera a distance of ten miles, to connect with the 0. & C. V. road at Tenino, has been surveyed aiid will be constructed the coming summer. It is the purpose to make Olympia the shipping point, and to that end coal bunkers will be built there and the harbor facilities greatly improved When this is accomplished other industries will naturally Bpring up at Olympia. In the shipyard of Hall Brothers, at Port Blakoley, a large passenger and freight Bteamer is being constructed for Foster A Co., of Honolulu. She is 107 feet long, 30 feet beam, 13 feet deep and G50 tons capacity, and is the largest steamer built on Puget Sound. She will 1o lighted by electricity and will possess all the modern improvements for comfort and safety. She will have twenty staterooms, with accommodations for 100 cabin passengers and 250 in the steerage. It is expected to launch the vessel in Julywhen she will be taken to San Francisco to receive her machinery and inside fittings. The hull is of wood, copper fastened, and the complete vessel will cost $75,000. During the past ten years Hall Brothers have built forty-four vessels. There are unmistakable signs of increasing prosperity visible in Victoria. New houses are going up in such numbers as to render the city's progress quite noticeable. Confidence in the great future before the city is strong among her citizens. She will soon become the terminus of the Island Railway, by which the celebrated coal of Vancouver Island will be brought to the city for ship ment and for the use of the many steamers that will seek her harbor. She will prpbably become the actual sea port terminus of the great Canadian Pacific and enjoy the advantages of the immense commerce which will inevitably enter the harbor, of that company. With her beautiful location and superb climate, her business thrift and enterprise, her great resources and commanding location, Victoria must ever remain the metropolis of British Columbia. , Very few people who build a house in which they propose to live, and which, in consequence, they desire to have as perfect and convenient as possible, are aware of the fund of information to be gleaned from an able architectural journal. From the columns of such a pajwr they will learn much of which they were previously igno rant and of which their architect has neglected or forgot ten to inform them ideas that can easily be incorporated in their plans. Even after the hru in hnty h"r r.rc many things which tend to the health or convenience of the household which can le learned in this way. It is a paper such as every house owner should possess. Ono of the bent conducted of this claHS of journals is the California ArchiM and Jiuihling Xnn, published at San Francisco, at 2 per annum. Tho valuo of such a paper to architects and contractors is too well appreciated to require comment. The Port Blakoley Mill Company employs 450 men, chiefly in the logging camps, 200 hoad of work oxen and twenty mules. One of those camps puts 40,000 feet of logs in the water daily. The company loadod just 100 vessols in 1883, with cargoes aggregating 49,189,785 foot of lumlor. Twonty-oight vessols were loadod during tho first four months of the current year. Thoro woro shippod, also, 4,423 piles, C22 spars, 700,3(58,000 laths, ; 98,254 pickets and 200,700,000 shingles. The daily capa. (city of the mill is 275.0(H) foot The largest day's work was 283,000 foot in a run of eleven and ono-half hours. The company owns two steamers and six sailing vessels, and has a large store, with a stock of goods worth 925,000. A vessel is now being loaded witli 250 spars for New York City. This is a good showing for a single firm of the many engnged in lumbering on Pugot Sound. Such an industry would be considered a great ono any where in tho worlil War has again boon doclarod by the fishermen of the Coquillo River against the swarm of sea lions which infest tho mouth of that stroam and prey ukii tho salmon. A large pro)ortion of the fish rocoivod by tho cannery men bear the marks of having barely escaped the maws of these ravenous post, and this suggest tho enormous quantity which must bo consumed by thorn, since they are tho most cxjMirt of fishers. Last year many sea lions woro killed, but there seems to be no diminution in their numbers. It is now pro jm mod to slaughter them in a systematic manner malo and female, old and young. It is IiojmsI that tho destruction of a thoiiHand of them will hnvo tho effect of causing tho survivors to seek for more tranquil and pleasant fishing grounds. If they are not successful in driving away this amphibious opponent tho fishermen have great fears that the salmon will seek somo stream where they aro less liablo to persecution, and thus ruin the fishing industry on the Coquillo. The Pike's Peak Railway, which will lie in oMration next year, will lie the most notable piece of track in the world It will mount 2,000 feet higher than the Lima A Oroya Railway, in Peru. It is now in oxratioii to a point over 12,000 foot alxvo tho soa level The entire thirty miles of its length will bo a succession of com plicated curves and grades, with no piece of straight track longer than 300 feel The maximum grade will I 310 feet to the mile, and the average grade 270 feel Tho lino will abound in curve from 600 to 1,000 feet long, in which the radius changes every chain.