No Music Hall Licenses to be Issued At Present – April 20, 1897

E. Gold’s request for a Music Hall License was refused – Aldermen Shaw and McPhaiden opposed in favour of Mr. Gold. McPhaiden and Shaw proposed a theatre and refreshment license for Mr. C. L. Lucas but that was also refused. A “large number of petitioners” had protested against the granting of any music hall license at all.

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Text source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 page 542 – 550

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Vancouver April 20th 1897.

The Council met on Tuesday April 20th 1897.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, Shaw, McQueen, Clandenning, McPhaiden, Brown, W.S. MacDonald and D.G. McDonald.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Diplock & Co, asking for a wide sidewalk on the west side of Granville St.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.


From Davis, Marshall & Macneill stating that Miss Kendall was not prepared to furnish the City with crushed rock under the old contract but would under a new one.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From A.E.E. Clark asking the City to enforce the rock crushing contract.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From G.E. Trorey etal, asking that the Street Railway be requested to construct Station 4 of their system.

Referred to the Railway Committee.

From Lee Deen asking for permission to erect a theatre on Lot 23, Block 14. D.L. 196.

Referred to the Board of Works & Health Com.

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The following reports were received and read:

Water & Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday April 14th 1897.

Present, the full Board.

It was resolved to call for tenders for digging the trenches for the street mains from the Narrows to Westminster Avenue.

It was resolved that the Chairman and City Engineer interview the C.P.Ry Co. re crossing the C.P.R. reserve with the water pipes.

Mr. Calley waited upon the Committee asking that his monthly rate be continued for another month.

His request was not granted.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies $86.50

Thurston & Son “ 2.90

Roberston & Haskett “ 20.04

News Advertiser “ 17.26

Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 4.86

John Boyd & Co. “ 42.47

C.F. Foreman “ 8.70

B.C. Ironworks Co. “ 16.26

Clarke & Stuart “ 14.35

B.C. Ironworks Co. “ 379.03

Brackman & Ker “ 32.42

W. Hooper etal Labour 649.50

Pay Roll “ 969.50

sgd Wm. Brown

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Painter
That the Report be adopted

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Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday, April 13th, 1897.

Present, Aldermen D.G. McDonald (in the chair) McQueen, McPhaiden, W.S. MacDonald and Shaw.


From Wm. McGirr night watchman, asking for an allowance from the City.

Resolved that he be allowed $10.00 per month dating from the 15th of April.

From J. M. Stewart, Chief of Police asking for summer uniforms for the police.

Resolved that tenders be called for both police and firemen’s uniforms to be received up to Tuesday, April 27th, 1897, at 3 o’clock.

From E. Gold asking for a Music Hall License.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by Alderman W.S. MacDonald,
That his request be refused.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Shaw,
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden,
That his request be granted.

Amendment lost: motion carried.

From J.B. Meytyer asking for a Music Hall license.


From the Pound Keeper furnishing Report.


From the Chief of Police asking for six crew helmets.

Resolved that their purchase be left in the hands of the Chairman and Chief of Police.

From C.H. Lucas stating that he proposed to erect a theatre and asking for a refreshment license.

Moved by Alderman McPaiden.
Seconded by Alderman Shaw.
That his request be granted.

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From a large amount of petitioners protesting against the granting of a Music Hall License.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by Alderman MacDonald.
That the prayer of the petitioners be granted.

From Fireman Macfarlane asking for one month’s leave of absence.

Resolved that his request be granted provided he supplies a substitute.

Resolved that the chain gang be sent to cut the grass of the hospital.

Resolved that Wm. Ball be supplied with a suit of clothes at a cost not to exceed $12.00 and that the Chairman and Chief of Police select same.

Resolved that the City Engineer attend at once to needed repairs at the Fire Hall no.2.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Blayney Supplies 25.25

Chief of Police Tickets to Victoria 14.

C.P.R. Co. Telegram .25

B.C. Ironworks Co. supplies 4.

J. Dodson “ 23.90

S. James Interpreting 22.

Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 7.95

M. Rae Pound fees 7.60

I.W. Haywood Money paid out 15.

J.C. Woodrow Supplies 22.08

A.E. Lees “ 2.

Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 24.41

Wm. Ralph “ 16.95

C.S. Philip “ 7.70

G.R. Yardan “ 9.25

Clarke & Stuart “ 12.00

Lee & Stewart Hack 1.00

Brackman & Ker Supplies 102.76

Mills & Bethune “ 8.75

C.F. Foreman “ 30.06

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The Board then adjourned.

sgd. D.G. McDonald

Moved by Alderman D.G. McDonald
Seconded by Alderman W.S. MacDonald
That the Report be adopted as read.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That that portion of the Report in reference to Music Halls be struck out.

Amendment lost, motion carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 15th of April, 1897.

Present, the full Board.

Mr. Dalton submitted plans for Mr. McKinnon’s stone building to be erected on the corner of Hastings and Granville Streets for approval.

Approved subject to tracings or blue prints being deposited in Engineer’s office.


From petitioners asking for a six ft. walk on Hornby Street between Nelson and Pacific Sts.

Laid over.

Communications from Campbell McIntosh also from Mary Forbes were all referred to the Engineer to see into.

From D. Gibb asking for a new walk on Bute St. opposite new stone houses being built.

Resolved that this be attended to by the wardmen when the place is ready and rubbish & ? removed.

From petitioners in reference to alley in Block 100. D.L. 196 asking that a lane be provided.

Resolved that the City Solicitor be asked as to the best method to proceed if one owner refuses to sign the petitions etc. also as to the fees each owner is to pay for search.

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Resolved that the Wardsmen in Ward 2 move out the walk on Hamilton Street on west side from Georgia to Smythe under Engineer’s directions.

From Mrs. Emma Gold asking permission to put corrugated iron addition 40 x 90 at the “Grotto.”

Resolved that she be informed that she must comply with the Fire Limits By-Law in every respect.

Resolved that tenders be called for the following new work up to 4 P.M. on Thursday the 29th inst:-

10 ft. single dressed walk on Westminster Avenue on the east side from Hastings to Barnard St., also up to the 6th of May next for the following:-

Supply and delivery on the streets of 7500 cubic yards of crushed rock for the streets.

The following tenders were received and opened:-

Georgia Street Grading

Ths. H. Boyd $3390

Ths. Stephenson 2600

Ths. Gibbons 2040

J. Watt & Co. 3497

A. Balkwill 2600

Resolved that the tender of T. Gibbons be recommended for acceptance.

Heatley Av Sidewalk

R. Smith 16¢ per ft.

Sam Sheridan 13¢ per ft.

A.D. McDonald 141/2 per ft.

Resolved that the tender of S. Sheridan be recommended for acceptance.

Resolved that the following be determined as the Ward appropriations for

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street improvements, rock and general repairs for the current year:

Ward One $8500

“ Two 7000

“ Three 6000

“ Four 8000

“ Five 8000

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

J. Stork $3.50

Clarke & Stuart 74.80

W. Gifford 6.00

Robertson & Hackett 12.10

J.D. Fraser 261.63

S. Elkins etal 1122.25

sgd. A.P. Shaw

Moved by Alderman Neelands
Seconded by Alderman McPaiden
That the Ward appropriations be amended to read as follows:

Ward 1 $7500

“ 2 7500

“ 3 7000

“ 4 8000

“ 5 7500


Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald
Seconded by Alderman Clandenning
That the Report as amended be adopted.

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Moved Alderman Brown.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the following account be paid:

Messrs. Armstrong & Morrison Pipe $2447.38

Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald.
Seconded by “ Clandenning.

That the Market Committee be requested to proceed at once to fit up the Market Hall for City purposes according to the plan and adjoining shed for Servants.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ McPhaiden

That His Worship the Mayor be requested to call a public meeting of the citizens of Vancouver to be held in the Market Hall on the 27th inst. to appoint a Committee to consult with the Council as to the most fitting manner of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the Reign of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and to take such other action as may be deemed advisable in Connection Therewith.

Moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by Alderman Neelands.

Whereas a telegram was read in the Provincial Legislature by the Hon. Mr. Turner and signed by J. C. McLagan in which it is stated that a resolution had been passed by the City Council of Vancouver approving of the Railway policy of the government which is an incorrect statement in as much as no meeting has been held by the Council in relation to this matter and therefore no resolution could be passed approving of that policy.

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The Council then adjourned.

W. Templeton

Ths.F. McGuigan
City Clerk