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X*giil»t.on library
THE ISLANDER established 1910.
With which is Consolidated The Cumberland News.
VOL. VII., No. 39
THE CUMBERLAND NEWS established 1894.
Subscription price, $1.50 per year
SUFFERING FROM HAIG-UE?- London Passing Show.
Letter from Col. J. W. Warden.
in the Field, Franci;
Nov. 18th, 1916.
His Worship The Mayor,
Cumberland, B. C.
My dear Mr. Mayor: -
Just a few lines to report on
the doings of the men of your
district and city who camo Overseas with me in the 102nd. We
were such close neighbors for a
few months ancl you rendered
the Battalion so many kind services that it is only right that I
should let you know how excellently your lads have done.
You have probably heard of
the prowess of Sergt. M. M.
Brown, who enlisted in your city
and became senior N, C. 0., in
my Machine Gun section. In our
first battle at Regina trench he
very greatly distinguished himself and has since been recommended for the D. C. M. I regret to say that he vas wounded
at Ihe time, but he absolutely refused to leave his guns until everything was consolidated.
Well, everybody cannot win
dec (rations. To some the opportunity never comes; others find
the opportunity but are unfortunate enough to miss official recognition. It is only the minority
who attain the medal, though it
is almost true to say that all de
serve it. I am sure that this is
true of the contingent furnished
me by Cumberland and vicinity.
They have indeed done well,
and you should be very proud of
them, as I am. I can assure you
that the 102nd., Battalion takes
no second place over here now,
having distinguished itself on
three separate occasions within a
very short period, and the men
from Cumberland stand high in
the Battalion. Be proud of them,
and show your pride in them
when they return. Yours very
sincerely. J. W. WARDEN,
Lieut. Col. 0. C. 102nd. Bat.
North British Columbia.
The following letter was received by Mrs. Haywood regarding her son Abe Haywood, who
was reported missing:
16th., Battalion, The Canadian
Scottish, B.  E. F., Nov. 8,1916.
Dear Mrs. Haywood—The
Commanding Officer desires me
to convey his sincere sympathy
on the anxiety you must be going through regarding vour son,
C»..8,050, Pte. A. W. Haywood, reported missing 8-9 October. We
have been urable to find anybody
who can give us any information
and we sincerely hope he has
been taken pi isoner. Should any
further information regarding
him turn up, you will be notified
at once".
for Capt. Vadyt.       Lieutanant.
1st Episode of the
H -° A«? ■■*% -^ f
..as .J»s!iiiM  i
Fifteen Act Serial
The Girl and the Game"
Saskatoon, Dec, 12.—"It is the
determination of the people of
this land—of the peoples of tho
British Empire- that there shall
be no truce. There shall be
peace, which means peace for
many years to come. That is the
spirit of the people of Canada,
as it is the spirit of her men at
the front, in the hospitals and in
So spoke Sir Robert Borden at
the great meeting here tonight.
The application of his words to
the news of the day swept over
the audience, and in an instant
there was a tumult of applause.
When it died down the Premier
went on to quote the famous
words of Abraham Lincoln, when
he pledged his countrymen to
victory in their just cause,
"That," he continued, I believe
to be the spirit of Canada and of
the whole Empire today. We
here in Canada need not call any
one to witness that we did not
want war. Our thoughts were
of peace; we were engaged in a
great peaceful enterprise of nation-building, and perhaps we
were in danger of sinking into
materialism. Nothing was further from us than the thought of
"But beneath all this lay buried
in the heart and soul of our
country the sacred fire of liberty,
which broke into flame as war
encompassed us, and will continue
to burn clear and bright long after we have brought this war to
the only possible conclusion. We
fight, not only to maintain the
Empire, not only for the rights
of small nations, not only to enforce a decent regard for the
sanctity of treaties, but to preserve the future democracy of
liberty and of humanity.
"Unless we bring this war to
that conclusion, then I say to you
tonight—the people of Canada—
that all our sacrifices, all our
blood, will have been in vain.
But I have no doubts about the
Dominion. All the British Dominions and the Mother Country
are bound in the indissoluble resolve that there shall be no peace
until we have won by our arms
the warrantry and safeguard
we demand as a peace that shall
endure, a peace that shall guarantee the liberties of mankind."
Mr. R. B. Bennett, Director
General of National Service, referring to recent news dispatches
said that a patched up peace
would mean disaster. He urged
organized effort as against haphazard effort, and stated that
the filling in of the National Service cards which would be sent
out the first of the new year was
obligatory, although there was
no penalty for non-compliance.
Mr. Bennett made an appeal for
loyal co-operation on the part of
the Western people to help win
the war. Men must be organized to fight, to work and to pay.
He urged thrift and economy.
Orme Piano, in good condition.
Can be seen any time. A Bargain. Also 10 shares of Cumberland and Union Water Works
shares. Apply P. O. Drawer
226.   Cumberland, B. C.
Mrs. Simms wishes to receive
pupils at her house in Jerusalem
for pianoforte instruction any
time by appointment. Apply for
terms at the house, or P. O. Box
353, Cumberland.
A fatal accident occurred in the
vicinity of Black Creek on Sunday afternoon, when Wallace
McBride, an employee of the C.
P. R, roundhouse at Courtenay,
was shot and killed. W.J. Parnell, Reginald Carwithen. King
Rees, and the deceased Wallace
McBride, started out on a hunting trip on Sunday morning last.
The hunters, who were close
friends, separated and met again
several times in the woods during
the day. In the afternoon Rees,
Farnell and McBride were together and about to cross a sixty-
foot log in the thick brush when
McBride left the party without
informing Rees and Farnell. Rees
seeing the thick brush move fired
the fatal shot thinking he had
shot a deer, and that McBride his
partner was still coming on behind. Upon going to the spot,
to their horror they found McBride lying in the brush with a
bullet wound in his head.
The remains were brought to
Courtenay and Rees gave himself
up to the police. Rees was overwhelmed with grief at' the unfortunate accident.
Coroner Bickle held an inquest
on Monday, when the jury returned the following verdict:
'We, your jurv empanelled to
enquire into the causeof the death
of Wallace McBride, from the
evidence produced find that the
deceased m it his death while
hunting in the vicinity of Black
Creek on December 10th in the
company of W. J. Farnell, King
Rees and Reginald Carwithen, by
wandering away, unknowingly to
the other members of the party,
and accidentally met his death
through being mistaken for a deer
and was killed instantaneously
by a bullet fired from a rifle
while in the hands of King Rees,
who we think should be given
his  liberty.
Samuel Calhoun, foreman, W.
H. Kirkwood, Samuel Robinson,
James Cairns, Andrew Smith,
and H. D. Forde. The jury also
requested the following recommendation to be forwarded to H.
Stewart, M. P. P., and the Hon.
The Attorney General, that a
clause be inserted in the game
act making it compulsory for all
parties while hunting in the bush
to wear some easily distinguished
color of uniform that can be easily distinguished and so prevent
these regrettable accidents so
frequently occurring.
King Rees appeared before
Magistrate Hicks Beach at Courtenay on Wednesday morning and
was allowed to go after the unfortunate accident had been explained in detail to the presiding
Samuel McBride of Chemainus,
arrived at Courtenay on Sunday
evening and took the remains to
Chemainus for burial on Wednesday morning, the father and
King Rees travelling by the same
THOMAS E. BATE, Candidate
for Mayor iu the coining municipal election.
The City Council,
The city council held their regular session in the Council Chambers on Monday evening, His
Worship Mayor Parnham, presiding. Aid, Bate, Banks, Brown,
Carey and Henderson were present.
The minutes of the previous
meeting were read and adopted.
There were no communications,
neither were there any  bills or
The council decided to call a
special meeting on Monday evening next for the purpose of giving the new electric lighting
system further consideration and
to invite the.managerof the Cumberland Electric Light Co. to be
Aid. Bate's By-law to amend
section seven of tha Pound Bylaw requiring all cows to wear
bolls when at large was given its
first reading.
The city clerk was given instructions to make preparations
for the purpose of holding the
coming municipal election in the
Council Chambers.
The Court of Revision met at
the close of the council meeting
and passed the voters list as presented without removing or adding any names thereto.
The Board of Licence Commissioners consisting of mayor Parnham, Aid. Macdonald and Thos.
D. McLean, met in the Council
Chambers on Monday evening
and granted all applications for
the renewal of liquor licences,
The son of Henry Richards
aged three months, died on Wednesday morning and was interred
in the Cumberland Cemetery the
following day.
There will be a service at
Holy Trinity Church on Sunday
evening the 17th inst.
John Wood, of Victoria, representing the International Correspondence Schools was in town on
Ellen Reese has returned home
for a short vacation.
Thursday was pay day at
Union Bay, yesterday at Bevan,
and today in this city for the
employees of the Canadian Collieries.
Frank Sawford, of Union Bay,
chief electrical engineer of the
Canadian Collieries, was here on
official business on Thursday.
The "Battle of the Somme"
was shown in the Ilo Ilo Theatre
on Thursday and Friday. The
Canadian Collieries ran a special
train and granted excursion rates
from Union Bay and way points
on Friday to allow the residents
of outside points the priviledgeof
seeingthe "Battle of the Somme".
Ilo Ho Items Next Week
A special meeting of the Cumberland Conservative Association
will be held in the Committee
Rooms on Monday evening, Dec-
mber 18th. H. S. Clements,
M. P. is expected to be present.
There will be a change of program each day this week, the
programs to consist of a Bluebird,
two Mutual Masterpieces, a Redfeather, and two serials, the "Secret of the Submarine" and the
14th., chapter of the "Girl and
the Game." These are all programs which are shown only in
the best houses everywhere.
Monday's program will be a
Masterpiece in five acts, featuring Charlotte Burton and William
Russell in "The Bruiser" These
two actors have made a great
name for themselves in special
features as well as in the "Diamond serial.
Tuesday's program will be a
Bluebird with Louise Lovely,
who was seen here last week in
"Father and the Boys." She is
just as lovely as her name indicates. She appears this week in
"The Grip of Jealousy." and is
supported by Lon Chaney and
Marcia Moore.
On Dec. Oth between Cumberland and Courtenay, a package
containing a "Boy Scout Suit".
Will finder kin Ily return to Harold Binks, Cumberland, or to
Charles Willard, Courtenay.
Indian Woman Burned to Death
Annie Rabison, an Indian
woman of the Salmon River Tribe,
was burned to death by the burning of an Indian house at the
Campbell River Reserve on Sunday morning. Coroner Bickle
held an inquest at Campbell River
on Tuesday with the result that
Johnny Klakivatzie was arrested
and taken to Quathiaski Cove
where he will be charged with
the burning down of the Indian
house that caused the death of
Annie Rabison an Indian woman.
Every rpse has its thorn;   Roumania's hard lesson,   Harding, in
Brooklyn Engle. TWO
Published everv Saturday by the Islander
Publishing Company at Cumberland,
,C., Canada,  Telephone 3*5.
Subscription: One year in advance. $1.50;
Single copies. Sc. Foreign subscriptions
to countries in 1'ostal Union, $^.00
Do You Believe in Santa Claus ?
Do you believe in Santa Claus, in
tiie gray haired saint of universal childhood ? Now, do say that
you do. for all the little golden-
haired Tinker Bells who bring
flashes of light and the sound of
melody in our homes are just
eager to know the truth.
The silvery locks of Santa Claus
do not signify old age or senility
although there is no biography
which tells of the time and place
of his birth. He is just as active
virile and boyant in this wonderful twentieth century as he was
when the children of long ago
awaited his coming on Christmas
eve. He finds his way around
this great world of ours at the
Christmas tide in his marvellous
sled just as readily as if steel
rails and electric wires did not
form an almost impossible network over hill and dale, through
forest and glen. Of course,
San.a Claus does not need spectacles—and he does not wear a
monocle—for he lives in the
sweet and tender light of children's smiles. His queer little
ears—always tied up in a crimson
muffler, for Santa Claus is the
very embodiment of the spirit
of winter are ever open, ever
alert to the sound of children's
happy laughter.
So long as these sweet, alluring
things shall be, so long will good
Santa Claus reign without a rival in the affections of children
who lisp their prayers at mothers knees and in those of other
children, who at the blessed
Christmas time, catch the echoes
of the merry prattle of their own
little ones who have grown into
mail's and women's estate.
Santa Claus' reindeer with
their spreading antlers, may have
walked two and two out of the
ark, when it rested on Aarat's
crest after the flood subsided,
but who cares? The gift of eternal youth is theirs and they are
too busy to bother with family
records of chronological tables.
Each year the lythmic patter of
of their tiny hoofs will be heard
on your roof on Christmas eve if
your heart keeps young and true
and your ears are still attuned to
the faintest whisper of God's
own messengers. Santa Claus
finds his happy way into the
homes nf the rich ami the poor
alike; into the palace and into
the cottage, wherever children
have been sent to brighten antl
to bless.
The life of that child is peculiarly pathetic and incomplete
which has not been unquestioning, unfaltering belief in Santa
Claus, Without the mysterious
joys of anticipation on Christmas
eve, the richest child has lost one
of the most exquisite phases of
earthly happiness. Woe be to
him who willfully destroys the
beautiful personified in good old
Santa Claus.
All over the Christmas world
fathers and mothers and children
are. wondering   sadly    whether
they shall ever again be able to
utter with a confident and happy
heart the Christmas greeting-
Merry Christmas! Those words
will be heard in many an American home this year, but even
there they will be spoken, among
the thinking elders of the family,
with a sense that only for the
very young can Christmas now
be merry. In England, the land
from which our Christmas greetings came, those words will very
likely not be heard at all. In
France the phrase " Joyeux
Noel," if it is uttered, will be a
conventional greeting, without
spirit. As for Belgium and Poland and Serbia and Roumania,
is it conceivable that any of the
miserable people of those count-
; ries, where all alike are wretched,
should not think of Christmas as
the bitterest, most tragic day in
all the year?
In our own   country,   perhaps
;the most hopeful and heartening
j sign is the fact that for so few
; persons can Christmas be merry.
j Were we so sunk in  selfishness
so content in our prosperity,  so
happy in our immunity, as to observe Christmas with a thankful
and a merry hearts, there would
indeed be no health in us.    The
measure of our Christianity this
year is to receive its supreme test.
Is our self-denial growing more
rigorous with the increasing destitution of the world?   Out of our
resources are we giving more to
the   afflicted and  spending less
upon ourselves than ever before?
Each one of us must make his
own answer.   Chritmas this year
should be the day when the day
when a man communes with his
conscience.—Youth's Companion.
*   * Rugs
YOU will want several of
these good-looking Rugs
the moment you see them.
They're different in texture from
ordinary grass, fibre or fabric
rugs; cost less and wear longer.
No place for dirt to settle and
frequent washings won't harm
Every room in the house should
have a Congoleum Rut,'. Come
in today and lot us lull you all
abuut them.
The Furnlure Store.
i EL..."'
This is to urge you
that you get your Suits Cleaned, Repaired.and Pressed for
one month. Then form your
own conclusion. If it leads to
better spirits, better health,
continue it. If it does away
with dirt, improves your appearance, continue it. Remember a well-dressed man always
wants the best.
Also you must get your shoes
cleaned; and don't throw vour
tan shoes away because they
are old- have them dyed.
Ask for the Monthly Rates.
Local agents for
The Victoria Hat Works,
Victoria, B.C.
Slab Wood for Sale at $3.00 per
Load.   Cash or. Delivery.   Phone
95 L.
RoystonSawmill Co.
****r *m********%mm -*, m***aaamt*m*****
Dry Goods Dept.
Silk, Silk Crepe de Chene, Organdie and Voile
Waists in the newest of the season's designs.
The latest novelties in Ladies' Neckwear, very
suitable for Holiday gifts.
Ladies' Handk'fs in silk, silk crepe de chene,
linens, muslins ond lawns, also a large and varied
assortment of Handk'f Boxes from 25^ to $1.50 box.
Silk Dress Lengths and Waist Lengths in all
shades suitable for evening wear.
Special value in silk Motor Scarfs in all plain
self colors and combination shades.
Silk and silk crepe Kimonos in short and full
lengths, also quilted Kimonos.
Special new designs in Needlecraft. Stamped
Centrepieces, Tablecovers, Doilies Tray Cloths,
Necktie Racks, Tea Aprons.
Ladies' Coats, Sweater Coats, and Sweater Coat
Sets, Ladies' Fur Sets, and Odd Muffs.
Xmas Holly Ribbons, Dresden Ribbons, Checker
and black and white Stripes.     /
Celluloid Hand Mirrors, Hdk'f Cases, Xmas
Papetiers, Vases and Jardiniere, Picture Frames
in silver and celluloid, Comb and Brush Sets, Pin
Cushions, Hand Bags, and Perfumers. Special
value in ladies', misses', children's house Slippers.
Extreme styles in ladies' High Top Shoes, black
patent with white kid uppers and black buttons.
Also black vici kid in lace and button with colored
cloth uppers.
Gents' Dept.
Special value in gents' Ready-to-wear Tailored
Suits, in worsteds, tweeds and serges.
Special value and popular prices in boys'3 piece
Suits and 2 piece Norfolk Suits in tweed and serge.
New patterns in men's Smoking Jackets and
Dressing Gowns at popular prices.
Men's Xmas Neckwear in novelty designs, floral,
club stripes, and black and white checks and stripes
W. G. & R. Shirts in silk and silk mixtures, with
detachable collar and turned cuffs.
Invictus Mioes for men in patent, vici kid and
calf; also with plaid and fancy cloth tops in button
and laced, patent and vici, Oxford and pumps.
Gents' silk and silk mixture Umbrellas, self-
opening, with plated and sterling silver mountings.
All wool Sweaters and Sweater Coats, in all
shades.   Newest styles in Hats and Caps.
Trunks, Suit Cases and Club Bags.
Gents' plain silk and knitted Mufflers, all shades.
Gents'all silk Suspenders, one pairin fancy box.
Fancy boxed sets, Suspenders, Armlets, Garters.
A large select assortment of gents' silk Armlets
from 25-.' to $1.50 per pair.
Plain and undressed Kid Gloves, in tans and
greys, silk ancl wool lined; plain and fancy silk
Handk'fs, Souvenir Handk'fs, Irish ..nenand lawn
handk'fs, Dressing Cases, Military Brush Nets,
Shaving Sets, Badger hair Shaving Brushes, Pocket
and  Bill  Books,
mi :' ■    -
Watch   Fobs,   Cuff
Links, Tie and Collar
Pins, Cloth Brushes.
Ebony Hair Brushes.
. >...:■-.. rre*Utn*mWBi
Men Wanted for the Navy
Tlie Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer
Reserve, wants men for immediate service Overseas, in
he Imperial Royal Navy     jb
Cim iidates must be sons of
nalunil born British subjects,
and be from IS to 38 yeurs
of age.
DA V $1.10 per day and upwards.    F'<>c Kit.
*•■**■ ■*•   Separation allowance*, $20.00 monthly.
Apply to thc nearest Naval Recruiting Station
or to the
Department of the Naval Service, OTTAWA.
SIR EDMUND WALKER, C.V.O., LL.D. D.C.L., President
'. < .cm-nil Manager. H. V. F. JONES, Au'l Genonl Man-lire
<Aji     ***■
These are the days when the
Telephone is appreciated!
The Telephone is very convenient in the winter
months. No matter what the weather is like outside,
conversation is easily carried on over the wires.
The telephone trouble man is always on the job,
day and night, bad weather and good, and the telephone
user always has the means of instant communication
right at hand.
Long distance is always short distance with the
telephone. No one appreciates the telephone more
than the person who has one.
British Columbia Telephone Co., Ltd.
CAPITAL, 515,000,000    RESERVE FUND, $13,500,000
Interest at the current rate is allowed on all deposits ot $1
nr™ ards     Careful attention is given to every account   Small account...
are welcomed.    Accounts may be opened and operated by mail.
Accounts may be opened in the names of two or more persons, withdraw als to be made by any one of them or by the survivor. S50
SAVINGS   BANK:   This Bank pays interest at 37« per
annum on all deposits of $1 and upwards in this department.
Small accounts are welcomed.
A Poor Appetite
If your appetite is poor
and you feel run down
witli your meals. There \
is, perhaps, no other
beverage that tends to
buiId heal t h an d
strength like a glass of
1/':.,     hf
IS  PUll'E,  HEALTHFUL    .Ni)
Beer is Beneficial, but itmust.be Gooa
Ask for QUEEN Beer
Pilsener Brewing Co., Ltd.
Cumberland, B.C. (tf*
Opposite the Railway Station
This Hotel has been renovated throughout and is now a strictly first-clars Hotel
in every respect      i'he Ixst and finest
supply of Wines, Liquors and Cigars.
Silver Spring Beer
Contains backbone and
stamina, and gives you
back the appetite that
you have lost. Drink the
Beer that's pure at the
Cum berland,   B. C.
General        chani
Dry G od ■'- '  '
General Mcicaaauise, at the
Lowest Prices.
Chinatown, West Cumberland,
Hong Chong & Co.,
Bevan, B.C.
Our Business is 'Growing/
Ornamental Trees and .Shrubs,
Fruit Trees and Small Fruits.
Descriptive Nursery and Bulb Catalogue on request.
Dominion Nursery Company,
2184 4th"AveM WM5Vancouver,.B.C.
SyitMels ol Coal Mining .Regulations
COAL mining rights of  the  D.-miniot
in Mhiiitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta,
i the Yukon Territory, the North west Terri
I '-ii.' andiua portion of the Province nf
H    ^b Columbia, maj be leased for a term
I <>f r -m iity-nne years at mi annual rental of
. Sl hi acre.     Not more thau 2,500 acrea
will beleaBtd to one applicant.
Application for a lease must be made b>
in- applicant in person to the Agent --r suh
Agent of the district in which the right
, plied for are mtua'ed.
In surveyed territory the Und must *•■
i'ii bed bv sections, i <r lenalsubili-ii'ioiis
<>f tctions, Hnd in uiiHutveyed err It-try
' li.*' race »pplied for shall be staked out by
iheapp icaut himself.
K'tch applioation must be aceompHiiied
by *fe,e of $5 which will be refunded if the
nvhtsHpplied forare not available, but not
lierwixe.    A royalty shall be paid on rbe
in rohantable output of the mine at the
ate of live cents per ton.
The perion operating the  mine  ahull
■ nii.mli the Agent with sworn return-* ho
nui-tinu for <he full quantity of nn-roh
• bleroil mined  «nd  pay   the roytlty
I.bi >>n.      If  the C' al miiitag tights nre
riot being operated, sucb ret urns shall be
fnr hi ed nt leas' once a vear.
Tiie leni-e will include tbe coal minimi
'inl'tn  niy, hut the li ssee may be permit-
| led to pun.liHHe whatever avnilable sur
face rig1 is may be  considered  necessary
j f*rthe working of the mine at the rate of
f lO.OOauacre.
Fur full information application should
to the Secretary of the Depart-
the Interior, Ottawa,  or to  any
r --lib Al' nt   I'D-million Lauds
Deputy Minister of the Interior,
— Unauthorised publication of this
tfiomenl will not Im paid fur.
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,m and Designs furnished
on Application
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New Home
A fine selection of cakes, pies and
small pastry made daily.
Fresh   Bread   Daily
J.H. Halliday
Dunsmuir Ave.
First Class Hotel at Moderate Rates
Co Mies-torsi
Principal repayable 1st October, 1919.
Interest payable half-yearly, 1st April and 1st October by cheque (free
of exchange at any chartered Bank in Canada) at the rate of five per cent
per annum from the date of purchase.
Holders of this stock will have the privilege of surrendering at par and
accrued interest, as the equivalent of cash, in payment of any allotment
made under any future war loan issue in Canada other than an issue of
Treasury Bills or other like short date security.
Proceeds of this stock are for war purposes only.
A commission of one-quarter of one per cent will be allowed to recognized bond and stock brokers on allotments made in respect of applications
for this stock which bear their stamp.
For application forms apply to thc Deputy Minister of Finance, Ottawa.
OCTOBER 7th, 1916.
Meat Market
We have on hand
a good supply of
Fresh Beef,
Sausage and Hamburg
Steak made every day.
aeons, Hams and Lard
at  reasonable  prices.
Comox Co-Operative Meat
The Spirella
Made-to-order Corset, of
the finest quality. Every
pair guaranteed.
Forjjfurther information apply to
West Cumberland.
Prices in Line with the Times.
King George Hotel
First Class in Every
Respect    :    :   :   :
Terms moderate.
Dunsmuir Ave. Cumberland,B.C.
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Grocers and Bakers
Agents for Pilsener Beer
Cumbeiii.axd    Courtenay
Orders Receive Prompt Attention
Repairing a Specialty
West Cumberland
One Christmas Eve
Bu Harry T. Barker
(Copyright by Western Newspaper Union. >
Ilo was grinning like a schoolboy
at tho gyrations of a mechanical
clown. His bluff hearty laugh seomed
to come straight from his heart. His
long white whiskers, bearskin coat,
merry eyes and full-round figure—
suggested tlie veritable Kris Kringle
to a T.
Men, women and children were all
smiles as they looked him over, hut
too polite to linger and embarrass
him. The proprietor of the store, observing the slight halt in the passing
procession, beckoned to the stranger.
"My friend," he spoke rapidly,
"could 1 have a word with you?"
"A dozen, if It suits you," responded the other heartily, and followed his
interviewer inside tiie store.
"It's just this." explained tho store
man: "we've got a Santa Plans—see
him yonder, in th. t bnoth. slinking
hands with the children?"
"I seo him," nodded the Westerner.
"lie is on till midnight antl 1 can't
spare him. A family here—the Moodys
—best peoplo in town—want me to
send them up a Santy. You're just
made for it. Come—ten dol'ars cash
and H won't take you 1 hour. I'll
furnish tho robe and cap."
The Westerner smiled qucerly. I'll
take tho job," he replied.
Directed by a Ind from the store,
he was piloted to the Moody mansion,
admitted and shown into a room off
the main parlor, whero a Christmas
tree stood, loaded and ablaze,
All around It the hired Santy gazed
keenly, almost eagerly. lie appeared
to be scanning the various framed portraits on the wall and seemed disappointed, as if in tiiat inspection he
missed something he had expected to
A servant camo and helped him on
with his costume, directing him in
what he should do when the children
entered the festal room. An admirable Santy he made. He went through
nls part in a merry heartsome way,
then quietly slipped out through
tho side door antl proceeded down the
street. He seemed to have been over
the ground before, for he reached his
destination by pursuing lanes and byways where he would not bo observed
In the costume he still retained.
It was in the
inow-drifted garden of a neat but
humble little cottage that he finally halted.
"I'll do it," he
spoke to himself,
"if I can work it.
Maybe I'm not
forgotten here!" '
He knocked on
tho door and a
woman   opened   it.
"Don't bo scared, ma'a
the Westerner. "You see, I've just
been up to tho Moodys—relatives of
yours, I believe—acting Santa Claus.
Knew that you had a little one here,
saw the tree and thought maybe 1
could make her happier by going
through my act."
"Oh, would you?" cried the lady in
quick delight. "Indeed, it would cap
tho climax of all her Christmas eve
"Smuggle me Into the room with
the Christmas tree," suggested the
Westerner buoyantly, "I'll do tho
It was passing strange, but, conducted into the apartment and half hiding behind a screen, the Westerner
studied tho walls of the room circum-
Rno/'tiv. lust as ho had done at the
Moody mansion. A gi ■■..< ,,.i<.. apri..
over his face as he noticed a portrall
over the piano, tn the ipei ial pi li o oi
honor. It was wreathed with holly
and evergreen.
"No. not forgotten;  that's
he uttered in an   intense   ton
guess I've landed in a real hnni
The little one of the household
came in, leading the children of some
poor neighbors. They screamed an 1
then fluttered with delight as Santy
came into view. Then their eyes
danced as his jolly manner restored
confidence. He handed out the presents from the tree. The air quivered
with the joyful shouts of the happy
little ones.
'"For Uncle Reuben.'" lie read the
card pinned onto an old worn woolen
storking. 'Where's he? Come on,
Uncle Reuben!" he Bhouted Into
Space, and his tone was n sob
"Oh. he : t%\ hem." prattled little
Esther, stepping forward, 'lie hasn'l
been for two Chrlstmases. That's
him," and she pointed to the holly-
wreathed portrait. "He'll come hack
some time, though. Mamma says so,
don't you, mamma? And every Christmas I put a nice card In his old
stocking, and then I save them nil up,
to give to him when he comes back"
A choking sound camo from the
throat of the Westerner, lie turned
aside and reached under his rol a. It
was to unclasp a great belt buckle, a
belt bulging with gold.
"Your Christmas gift, Mary!" ho
cried to tho mother ot little Esther.
"Only a litffle out of a wholo mine-
It's full of the, stuff," and ho threw
It into hor lap-
Then off went costume nnd cap.
"Don't you know me, Mary?"
"Uncle Reuben!" she gasped.
"Undo Reuben and Santa Claus,
both in one!" shouted the Westerner
hilariously.    "Little  Esther— come!"
And Esther bounded into his arms
fn n wild transport of recognition und
Santa From the South
By DeLusle Ferree Cass
While the newspapers throughout
the United States were busily announcing the warlike operations of
Gen. Sancho Fernandez here, there
and elsewhere that December, it was
a fact that the revolutionary dictator
of Mexico was really in Washington,
D. C, where he had been peremptorily summoned hy the president.
His conference at tho capitol was
short and very much to the point. It
was pointed out with painful decisiveness to the Senor General Fernandez
that hereinafter he would have to
mako his ragged army respect the
rights of U, S, A.
The pill that General Fernandez was
thus made to swallow was not sugar
coated, but it unquestionably did him
good. He went down tlie White Houso
steps that day before Christmas a
sadder and a wiser num. However
the dictator of Mexico was a philoso-
1 her.
General Fernandez muffled his face
deep iu the soft warmth of his fur-
collared greatcoat, and started off
down the avenue.
Ily and by he camo to the business
district where throngs of last-minute
shoppers were bustling about. Snow
had begun to fall heavily --great llceey
flakes that filled the whole air and,
supplementing the gay holiday decorations nnd shouts of street hawkers,
gave tho scene an
air of fairylike
The jolly, freehanded Christmas
spirit was contagious, hut lt
made him feel
very lonely. Ho
wanted a comrade — someone,
anyone, in all this
big, busy city,
who would hail him simply as a friend
and not as the celebrated General
He came to a street corner where
he heard his own name Bhouted in a
shrill,  childish  voice  close  by.
"Huxtree there, people! Huxtree
poiper! Spend a cent and read all
about General Fernandez the Mexican
butcher! He's murderin' women and
babies down thero right now! Big
battle at Guaremo; threo hundred
killed! Huxtree here, all about tho
bloody General Fernandez!"
At flrst the dictator scowled; then
smiled quecrly and approached the
ragged waif at the newsstand. Sho
was blue with cold and a-shivcr beneath scanty rags. Delow an old
shawl, her thin, prematurely-aged face
looked wan and pinched.
Genuine pity—an unusual thing In
tho dictator—seized him aB he surveyed her.
"Do you really believe thajt this
General Fernandez is as bad as all
that?" he asked her with a whimsical
The street waif stared up at him
"Gwan away from here, you dude!
Can't y' see I'm tryin' to sell my
poipers? Tonight's Chrisfmas evo an'
I wanna sell out so as to go In ono
of the big stores an' see Santy Claus."
"How many papers have you left to
sell,   little   girl?"
"I'll take them
all. Here's a
quarter. Yon can
keep the change."
"Whadda ; ' do-
in* this fr?"—
still suspicious.
The great General Fernandez
smiled at the waif
sadly, indulgently.
"Child, I'm a stranger here and I'm
ever so lonely. Everybody elso has a
welcoming home tonight—has someone to whom he ran give presents and
know that they'll be appreciated. It's
Christmas eve and I too want to forget myself for a while and play Santa
Clans for somebody."
"If I really thought y' meant all
that," muttered the waif skeptically,
"I'd say, why not. practice some o'
y'r good intentions on me, Lordy
knows, I need 'em."
Tin* dictator's face became radiant.
Ilo laughed whole-heartedly as he had
not done before in years and took one
of lho woo girl's half-frozen hands
hands kindly within his big gloved
"II shall all he just as you sny." hn
cried, much to hor astonishment*
"Come along with me now— *.rs. some-
where to get you a warm coat aad
hood anil some furry mittens. Then
we'll go to a fine restaurant. And
after you've eaten every bit you can
hold, we'll go seo the toys and you
can  pick out your own  present."
"Y'r not kiddin" me, mister?"
"On my honor, no."
"Then, if it's all thc same to you,
let's hit the toy departments flrst.
I've had in' I've on a big yellow-headed
doll- real hair it is, too!- there in tho
Emporium i"r six mouths."
"We'll do inst as you say, kiddie,
but on one condition."
"What's that, mister?"
"You iuusl tell mo that you don't
believe all 'he things you saiil about
General Fernandez of Mexico."
Til call him Santa Claus if that'll
suit y' any better, mister."
"Under present circumstances thnt
name strikes mn as quite appropriate
for him." murmured the dictator. "Hnt
come on now. It's going to be q
veally merry christwus after all," FOUR
MAYBE you've noticed that of all
home-lovin' things, a toad
beats everythin' else to a
frazzle. Mostly everythin* else will on
occasion wander a little way from its
domocile, but a toad—not him. He
sticks right to home end lets on he's
happy whether he Is or not. And I
reckon he is purty happy, too, 'cause
he never frowns at his wife nor scolds
*lls children as I've lr erd on.
He never gets the idea that there's
The islander, Cumberland, b.c
a better iuntln -ground Bomewhere
i; so long as there are enough
i* and Qsh-worms right on liis home
lot he's sure happy and contented.
without n labia' to hint thnt In many
ispi ts the toad shows that he's endowed with more genuine good sense
than a human, 1 will say. that lots
of us could hew a leetle closer to the
example he sits without in any way
warpln' our marvelous judgment.
Restlossnesa Is bound to breed disalis-
faction and there's no gettln' 'round
the fact that the home-stayer is thu
happy man arter all.
11' we wauter get the receipt for
all-round, genuine happiness, we should
keep our optics glued to the toad.
Open at Both Ends
A Devonshire lady once sent to her
son a pair of trousers by post, which
is, of course, cheaper than parcel post.
The postal officials wrote to her.
"Clothes cannot be sent by b^ok pe.-L
If you will refer to the 'Post Ofliee
Guide' you will see under what conditions articles may be sent by book
"After a few days the lady rep.ted.
"I have looked in the 'Post Office
Guide' and find that articles which
are open at both ends may be sent
by book post. And if trousers are
not open at both ends I should like
to know what is."
He   Deserved   It
Thc dandy sauntered into the village
Bhop and asked, with an offensively
supercilious  air:
"Do you sell puppy biscuits in this
rotten little shop?"
"Yes, sir, certainly," said the shopman, suavely. "Shall I put them in
a bag for you to take home, or will
you eat them here?*
Still   Hanging   Around
"Who's that?
"That's Freddl
of mine."
ui old flame
A  True Socialist
Au amusing story is told of a Devonshire man who invited a Socialist to
visit his estate and see what he had
done for the villagers.
As they drove about the men touched their hats and the boys aud girls
"bobbed" and curtsied.
Soon they passed a man smoking hta
pipe, who took uo notice of tlie squire.
"Ah!" said tlie Socialist. "That's
the sort of man for me, No bowing
and scraping."
"No," replied the squire; "that's the
village idiot."
And ho he wns.
The Marvels of Nature
The Btage-drivers in Yellowstone
Park are bothered considerably by
the foolish questions asked by their
passengers, and often resort to satirical answers. Once a lady tourist, who
seemed de. ply Interested iu the hot
springs, Inquired:
"Driver, do these springs freeze over
in winter?"
"Oh, yes, yes; a lady was skating
here last winter and broke through
and got her foot scalded."
Very   Curious
Sandy came to Canada from a Highland village when' the "post office"
ls included in a little general shop
that sells, not only stamps, but bacon,
and practically everything else you
can think of.
The first day Sandy reached Montreal he walked Into tho post ofllca
there, and asked  doubtfully:
"Will  i.ii- be the post affico?"
"Yes," he was told.
"Funny post affico funny postafUce,"
said Sandy.    "No hams!"
\-:^.t*-^-.\t-*x,*.-aawBMaya Jc—i
The Season of Remembrances is due once again, when the many anticipations of joy ancl gladness is made more real by the Xmas gifts received.
We have laid out for your inspection, on our counters and in our cases, many
suggestive and suitable gifts for the Season.
Appropriate Remembrances for the Ladies:
Ladies' crepe de chene waists in shades of pink, maize, white ancl cream.
Price S4.95 ancl $5.95.
Ladies' striped silk Waists, a rich beautiful quality, white and green, $6.73.
Ladies' white Japanese silk Waists, good quality, splendid washing silk,
Prices $2.75 ancl $3.50.
Ladies white silk Corset Covers.    Price $2.25
Ladies' white silk ancl lace Corset Covers.   Price $1.75.
Ladies' Silk Mufflers, most desirable as a Xmas gift, $2.25 up.
Ladies' Umbrellas, smart handles, most acceptable, prices from $2.50.
Ladies' Collars, a very wide range at prices to meet every purse.     Prices
from 25?< to $1.50.
Ladies' Boudoir Caps, a real smart assortment, from 75;'.
Ladies' beautifully embroidered Aprons, $1.00 each.
Ladies' Felt Slippers, warm and comfy, prices $1.25 to $2.50.
Ladies' fancy Handkerchiefs, from 15^ to #1.00 each.
Ladies' silk fibre and silk sweater Coats, prices $7.95 to ¥20.00.
A select assortment of Cut Glass in the newest designs and at prices which
will meet your approval.
Suitable Gifts for Gentlemen:
II   Gentlemen's new and up-to-date Ties, price 65^ to #1.50 each.
Armlets, in sets, from 35^ to 75f;.
Sox in fancy designs, prices 50c. to 75c. a pair. ■
Sweater Coats, prices from ¥2.95 to $10.00.
Fancy Shirts, prices from $1.25 to £2.00.
Valises and .Suitcases, prices from ¥2.50 to £9.75.
Pullman .Slippers, price ©1.50 to .52.50.
.Silk Mufflers, price $2.95 to £4.00.
Fancy Caps, price 75c. to #1.50.
Fobs and Cuff Link .Sets, a smart assortment.
We  have a large stock of Practical Gifts for Boys and Girls which will be
most acceptable.
Phone 3-8
When in need of a car ring up
86L.    Nanaimo and return the
same  day.    Terms   reasonable.
Fire wood  for sale.      Apply to
Phone 86 L. Happy Valley
"As far ns loving thoughts,
careful consideration and an abundance of gifts can make it,
this Christmas will be a merry
one for our gallant boys in France.
There is one thing, however,
that might be lacking to complete
their pleasure, ready money, and
this may now be sent in a very
convenient form, thanks to the
foresight of The Canadian Bank
of Commerce, which has obtained
a supply of French Bank Notes
for this particular purpose.
These notes may be enclosed
in your Chiistmas letter to "your
boy" at the front; not as a remittance, but merely as an additional Christmas remembrance."
These live franc notes are current in the Republic and consequently represent actual cash
which can he used anywhere in
France; they may be furnished
;il the Cumberland branch of
The Canadian Bank of Commerce.
(■( od sound horse, rubber tired
ugpy and harness. ($1C0.00 comer).    Phone 91R Courtenay.
Assurance Company
has for nine successive years written
The Largest Canadian Business
of all companies operating in Canada.
Investigate for yourself before insuring elsewhere.
J. Buktt Morgan, Manager.
109 Union •r-ank Building, Victoria, B. C.
THOMAS MORDY, Agent, Cnmberland, B.C.
St. George's Presbyterian
Services, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Bible Class, 1.30 p.m.
Sunday School, 2.80 p.m.
Prayer    Meeting,     Wednesday
evening 7.30.
Choir Practice, Thursday evening 7.30.
Pastor, Rev. Jas. Hood.
Holy Trinity Church.
Services for Advent Sunday;
7 p.m., Evensong.
Bricks, $17. per thousand Cunv
berland;   $18 per thousand F.O.
B. cars Courtenay.    Apply
Canadian Collieries (Dunsmuir),
Ltd.   Cumberland, B. C.
Cook by Wire
Electricity provides the Cleanest,
the most Sanitary, and the
most Hygienic method
of Cooking.
The Electric Range closely parallels the wood or gas
range but excels either in flexibility of operation. With
the Electric Range you cook under ideal conditions
Each cooking unit can be switched to high,
medium or simmering heat ancl kept there as long
as needed.
It is the acme of cleanliness.
Practically no heat escapes into the room.
The air is not vitiated.
Tliere is no contamination of food.
You save food values through the ret. ntion
of the essential salts and meat juices; on a six
pound roast the saving is nearly a pound.
All the latest standards of range construction are used, including high oven, thermometer,
or glass door, porcelain splashers.
The fire risk is lessened because there are
no open flames.
We will gladly give you information on rates and
Electric Ranges.
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Paints, Oils, Edison & Columbia
Novelties, Toys, Etc.
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P. O. Box 279
Phone 31
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