This time Sproule wasn't the sole owner of the Bluebell. In order to raise working capital, he had acquired an investor, Colonel Hudnut of Idaho and two working partners. Sproule may have been an honest man but his partners were less scrupulous and retaliated by crossing the lake and re staking Ainsworth claims.
Everything should have been fine; things were restored to the original standings. However, Sproule's partner, Colonel Hudnut, failed the pay the fines and court costs associated with his loss. The only asset Hudnut had in British Columbia was his share in the Bluebell, which was auctioned off to cover the monies owed. And the winning bidder was none other than Thomas Hammill - the man who had earlier tried to steal the claim from Sproule.
I don't know what was said or what happened when that scoundrel showed up on the claim but Robert Sproule had enough. He borrowed a rifle and fatally short Hammill. Sproule then fled the lake in a rowboat. He was caught in a few days and brought back to face justice.
Friday, I'll tell you about the trial of Robert Sproule as well as some interesting tidbits about the Bluebell mine. I want to thank the The Great Canadian Lake website for the above information.
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