As one of the three founding director’s of the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mining Company, Dr. William Burnett had an unrelenting faith in the dreams of his long-time friend Fred Wells. Dr. Burnett was a physician from Vancouver. He also shared the title of ‘The Three Musketeers’ with Fred Wells and O.H. Solibakke.
Dr. Burnett formed a syndicate to sponsor Fred’s claims and eventually became an enthusiastic officer and president of the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mining Company, guiding it into a strong financial position. He also became president of the B.C. Chamber of Mines. In his later years, Fred Wells’ old friend, Will, kept him in good supply of his favourite hot cakes and Genuine Vermont Maple Syrup.