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Array HOLIDAY and
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VOL, III., No. 39
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NOTION TO EXPEL
BICKLE FAILS FLAT
Some of the Aldermen Object to
Islander'» Report of Council
Proceedings.
The City Council held its regular meeting in the Council Cham*
ber Monday night with Mayor J
N. McLeod, Aldermen Willard,
Banks, Campbell, Cessford and
Beveridge present. Even this
meeting had its troubled waters
when Alderman Beveridge addressed His Worship the Mayor,
his very appearance indicating
that he was offended at the reports of the proceedings of the
City Council appearing from time
to time in the Islander.
TheCity Clerk read the minutes
of the previous meeting, which
were adopted as read without
any comment.
There being no communications
the following accounts were referred to the Finance Committee
and ordered paid if found correct:
Tommy's Bicycle Shop $1.50
A. B. Crawtord 5.25
Simon Leiser and Co. 4.50
$11.25
John R. Gray handed in his report showing his collections for
the month of November, which
were received and filed.
Scavenger Fees S94.50
CityHallRent 40.00
Police Court Fines 13.00
Pilsener Brewery    5.00
$152.50
Aid. Beveridge; being a member of the committee to interview
Chief Constable Stephenson to
ascertain if it was possible to get
the special police removed, reported that they had seen the
chief who informed them that
under present conditions it was
impossible to remove any police.
The silence that was maintained
after Aid. Beveridge had finished
his report indicated that it was
only what the majority of the
Council expected.
Aid. Willard, a member of the
committee on sidewalks, said
they had interviewed Mr. R. H.
Travers, the contractor, concerning the faulty places in the concrete pavement complained of,
who promised to repair such
places that may arise in the
spring. Aid. Willard explained
that Mr. Travers had been fully
paid all but one hundred dollars,
and this the Council was holding
until he repaired the imperfect
spots on the sidewalk.
Under the heading of new
business Aid. Beveridge addressed His Worship the Mayor and
said he would like to make a
motion that Mr. E. W. Bickle,
the reporter of the Islander, be
expelled and not allowed to report the proceedings of the council meetings. To use Aid. Bev-
eridge's words, and to show the
ridiculousness of the request, he
said: "He (Bickle) caused dissension with the government and
the company, misrepresented the
council, and was damaging the
town at the same time.". After
this ordeal Aid. Beveridge resumed his seat at the council
table, which he had honored (?)
by his presence in making such a
motion, and proved clearly his
prejudice and malice of heart
towards Mr. E. W. Bickle.
The reporter complained of,
who was present, rose innocently
and quietly to ask permission to
make a statement in his own
defence when Aid. Beveridge
rose abruptly and in no mild tone
THE ISLANDER, CUMBERLAND, B.C., SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1912
Subscription price, $1.50 per year
said: "I beg to move, your Worship, that gentleman (referring
to Bickle) be not allowed to
speak." There was a lull in the
proceeding, some of the aldermen
seemingly surprised at the absurdity of the motion.
Aid. Willard, at this point seemed to take pity on the reporter
seeing that he was not allowed to
appear on his own behalf, said
the proceedings of the Council
had been reported as they happened.
Aid. Beveridge then seemed to
have only one objection to the
proceedings of the Council as reported in the [Islander and that
was to the last sentence, in the
issue of the 7th inst., where the
Islander stated that the Council
meeting held on the 2nd inst. was
the most sensational meeting held
during the Council's term of
office.
The Mayor said there would
have to be a charge laid against
Bickle before the Council could
deal with the motion. This Aid.
Beveridge was not prepared to
do.
Aid. Willard said if Aid. Beveridge had any charge to lay
against Mr. Bickle let him reduce
it to writing and give Mr.
Bickle a chance to defend himself.
Aid. Campbell said he thought
tnere was a good deal of truth in
what Aid. Beveridge had said.
He did not think the last meeting
was sensational, at any rate we
should not try to create that impression. The Press should be
allowed to attend the Council
meetings and report. If these
reports be not true they should
be censured. He then moved
that the reporters be asked to be
as accurate as they can in future.
This was seconded by Aid. Cessford without any comment and
carried. This ended another piece
of sensational procedure on the
part of Aid. Beveridge.
Messrs. Marrochi.Mussattoand
Scaravdo, wholesale liquor dealers, appeared before the Council
and asked that the cost of their
licence be. reduced. The applicants explained that with the
commencement of 1913 they
would be called upon to pay a
provincial licence which, with the
city licence, would make the total
cost of the licence per annum six
hundred dollars.
The Mayor advised them to
interview the next council and
lay their complaint before them
in writing.
Aid. Banks suggested they
petition the council, who would
consider their request.
The Chairman of the Board of
Works being absent from the
city that committee had no report
to hand in concerning street
crossing. The Mayor thought a
few men should be hired and
complete the crossings, seeing
the lumber was on the ground.
Aid. Banks reported on behalf
of the Lighting Committee. Mr.
Winningham, who was present,
explained the additional cost of
four arc lights. After considerable discussion Aid. Willard moved that the report of the Light
Committee be laid over until the
next Council, which was carried.
John McAllister, of the U. M.
W. of A., asked the Council to
give them a donation to buy
Christmas presents for the children.
Aid. Banks said: Your Worship
we have no money to do anything
with. It may be all very well to
give a donation, but you cannot
give what you have not got.
Aid. Campbell said it was not
not very long ago $100 was paid
out for sports. They should try
and do something.
Aid. Willard remarked they
had no surplus money, and he did
not see how the Council would be
justified.
Aid. Campbell: Then let the
aldermen contribute.
Aid. Willard: I am willing to
contribute my share with any of
CONCERT HELD
Grace Methodist Church Scene
of  Merry  Gathering   on
Tuesday Evening.
A very enjoyable evening was
spent by the congregation and
friends in Grace Methodist
Church last Tuesday evening
under the auspices of the Ladies'
Aid. The banquet provided by
the ladies was well up to the high
standard of former years. While
the tables were being cleared
some twenty of the guests engaged iu a competitive trip to
Klondyke for a bag of golden
nuggets. Across the seas and
over the mountains—down aisles
and across pews—they rushed,
only to find when gasping for
breath that Mr. Hughes had arrived before them and carried off
the prize.
The evening closed with a delightful programme of solos,
quartettes, etc., agreeably interspersed with recitations which
added to the general happiness
of the evening by some local hits.
The programme was as follows:
Ouartette, "Silver Threads
Among the Gold," Messrs. Mac-
Dougall, Alexander, Robinson and
Hughes.
Recitation, "Entertaining Her
Big Sister's Beau," Miss Ruth
Haywood.
Song, "Loch Lomond," Mr.
Falcus.
Recitation, "The Ruined Merchant," Miss Edith Bickle.
Song, "My Rosary," Mr. A.
J. Hughes.
Song, "Rocked in tHe Cradle of
the Deep," Mr. Falcus.
Recitation, "An Esthetic House
keeper," Mrs. Ashcroft.
Trio, "Genevieve," Miss Louisa
Bickle, Messrs. A. J. Hughes and
Falcus.
Song. "O Happy Childhood,"
Miss Louisa Bickle.
Recitation, ' 'The Student in the
Tunnel," Miss M. E. Haywood.
Song, "Always I Will Love
Thee," Mr. Barrant.
A number of encores were
called, notably Miss L. Bickle and
Mrs. Ashcroft, and Messrs. A. J.
Hughes, Falcus and Barrant.
At the close of the musical programme Mr. Dewlett, on behalf
of his comrades expressed their
appreciation of the reception ac-
c( rded them by the citizens of
Camberland and his very pleasant
surprise at the neat appearance of
the homes of the town as contrasted with the coal towns of the
Old Land whence he had come.
The trick with the hat and coat
which he performed at the close
of his remarke left the chairman
to realize that speaker had scored
at his expense.
A motion of thanks to the visiting friends who had so generously assisted was proposed by
Mr, J, Newton, and carried with
enthusiastic applause. The assist
ance of Miss Frame as accompanist was much appreciated. The
proceeds of the evening netted a
little over fifty dollars.
the aldermen.
The Mayor: We are trying to
handle money that we have not
got. We don't want to make
ourselves big with the next council's money.
Aid. Beveridge said: You would
think it was$1000 the U.M.W. of
A. was asking for. If I was
not in the strike I would move
that the Council vote $25 for the
kids.
Its no use giving a cheque for
money that is not in the bank.
Aid. Beveridge moved, Aid.
Banks seconded, that the gentleman who made the request call
upon the men whom he thinks he
is most likely to get it from.
This saw the end of another
session.
HOTEL BARS RE-OPEN
ON TUESDAY MORNING
The License Commissioners
held their meeting in the Council
Chambers Monday evening, as
arranged the Thursday previous.
Present: His Worship the Mayor
and Commissioner Cessford.
Chief Constable Stephenson explained the trouble at the Vendome Hotel.
Mr. R. S.Robertson, proprietor,
who was present, explained his
side of the case, and put in an
application for a transfer of the
license from himself to Robert
McNeil.
The City Clerk having read the
application the Mayor stated he
had known the applicant for a
number of years and Mr. McNeil
always carried a good reputation.
He thought the wisest course to
pursue would be to grant the
transfer.
Commissioner Cessford, in moving that a temporary permit be
granted to Robert McNeil to
carry on the business of the Vendome Hotel until the next regular
meeting of Licensing Board, said
he had known the applicant for
twenty years and saw no reason
why a permit should not be
granted.   The motion carried.
Victor Trelona and Joe Demonte
made application for bartender
license. The Board granted their
request without any discussion.
The City Clerk informed the
Board that the permits granted
the New England and Vendome
Hotel, while under repairs to
satisfy the demands of the Licensing Board, expired on the 11th
inst. On motion these permit-
were extended until ths 1st of
January. The Vendome permit
extending on to the next regular
meeting, the New England then
receiving its regular licence.
Chief Constable Stephenson
then addressed the Board and
said now that the town had assumed an aspect of peace he
thought the bars might be opened
under certain conditions, and
that was: he would like the privilege of closing up any of the bars
at a moment's notice and immediately report such closing to the
Licensing Board giving them the
facts. He did not expect any
trouble but he asked the privilege as a precaution. The Board
thought that the Chief's request
was a reasonable one and granted
it. It was also moved and carried
that the motion suspending the
liquor licences some time ago be
rescinded and the bars allowed
tore-open on Tuesday morning
at seven o'clock.
OUTPUT STILL
THE SITUATION FROM
NANAIMO MAN'S VIEW
We take the liberty of publishing the communication addressed
to the editor of the Nanaimo Free
Press and signed "Nanaimo Citizen," in which the writer seems
to have sized up the situation
from a reasonable standpoint,
although he does reside some
seventy miles from Cumberland,
and he realizes who has made the
mistake. The article appeared
in the Nanaimo Free Press of
December 13th and is as follows:
Editor Free Press:—After read
ing the notice published in this
morning's Herald that a committee of the U.M.W. of A. would
take up a collection for the miners of Ladysmith and Cumberland, in this city, the following
questions occurred to me, the
answers to which will enable the
citizens of Nanaimo to determine
to what extent, if any, they should
respond to that appeal. 1. Why
Bhould we be asked to contribute?
2. Is it not a fact that the miners
in theso places are drawing strike
pay?   3.   If not, why are they
Mr. Foster, Nanaimo, questions
Statement of Local Press
Regarding Output.
Press reports say that the U.
M.W. of A. held a meeting in the
Nanaimo Opera House last Sunday evening, at which Mr. Geo.
Foster of the Nanaimo Local
Organisation, is reported as saying "that the figures appearing
in the local newspapers concerning the output at the Cumberland
mines were erroneous, the daily
working only amounting to 500
tons."
Regarding Mr. Foster's statement The Islander is prepared
to donate the sum of $250 to the
Comox and Union District Hospital if the report of the output
of the Canadian Collieries at this
point as published by The Islander from week to week is incorrect or erroneous, as he states,
and we say that the average daily
output at the local mines has been
over a thousand tons per day for
some time now, and if there are
only four or five scows leaving
Union Bay, as reported, these
scows must have the carrying
capacity of an Atlantic liner.
The following is the output of
the local mines for the weekending December 20th, 1912:
Saturday, Dec. 14 ....   926 tons
Monday.     "   16 .... 1074
Tuesday.     "   17 .... 1105
Wednesday,"   18 .... 1087
Thursday,   "   19.... 1223
Friday,       "  20 .... 1077
Tototal 6492
The general delivery wicket at
the postoffice will be open from
10 to 11 a.m. only on Christmas
Day. Mail arriving Wednesday
evening will be assorted Thursday morning.
Services will be held in Holy
Trinity Church on Christmas Day
at 11 a.m., and at St. Peter's,
Comox, at 3 p.m. Francis Vey,
Priest-in-charge.
The year is fast dying out and
the books will be shut from which
no "erasure" can be made, nor
any "interlination" added.
not? 4. If they are, does it mean
that the amount being distributed
is not sufficient to keep them and
their families? 5. If so, what
would the condition of affairs
have been if the Union leaders
had succeeded in dragging the
Nanaimo miners out ?
If the above questions are answered in a satisfactory manner
and I am waited upon by a committee of local miners whose
standing in the community will
be an evidence that the miners
and their families living in the
two neighboring cities are in need
of assistance, I will do my part,
but I will not give one cent to the
officials of the Union, who are, in
my opinion, entirely to blame for
the present condition of affairs,
and through whose stupidity the
people of Ladysmith and Cumber
land are now suffering, and will
suffer for months after this
trouble is settled, a trouble which
should never have occurred. It is
a well known fact that a very
large number of people affected
realized long ago that a blunder
had been committed, and would
gladly have returned to work but
for the dread of being called
j 'scabs.' My sympathies are entirely with the people and against
1 the leaders.
LOCAL ITEMS OF
GENERAL INTEREST
Mrs, W. E. Lawrence has returned home from her visit to
California.
Wanted-A butcher. Apply
to Island Supply Co., Cumberland, B.C,
The only police court news this
week is one drunk and disorderly.
He was fined $5 and costs.
Charles Trawford, Sheriff for
the County of Nanaimo, visited
Cumberland on Wednesday in his
official capacity.
H. R. Hickling, representing
the Geo. A. Fletcher Music Co.,
of Nanaimo, arrived by Wednesday evening's train.
The main estimates for the
Dominion will be presented to
parliament as soon as the House
resumes after the Xmas  recess.
There is at the railway station
consigned to Mr. J, H. McMillan
mine manager, a large upright
grand piano. Something doing,
if not already done.
W. E. Lawrence, of the Big
Store, if he will accept the office
of school trustee at the coming
civic elections, will be the right
man in the right place.
The Islander has recently installed additional machinery and
type, which makes it the most
up-to-date job printing office
north of Nanaimo. No job too
small or too large for The
Islander, and artistic work is a
specialty.
The Canadian Bank of Commerce is opening a branch of
that institution at Courtenay
within the next few weeks. Man
ager W.T. White informs us that
an office will be opened early in
the New Year in the Shannon
Building on Union street to serve
as temporary quarters until the
bank erects a permanent structure.
The public schools closed for
Christmas vacation on Thursday
last. The pupils before taking
their leave had decorated their
rooms with evergreens and pictures of the expected Santa
Claus, who it is to be hoped will
bring them lots of good things.
They held their usual concert of
songs, and recitations and left to
enjoy Christmas.
We have read a communication
addressed to the editor of the
Vancouver World by Percy K.
Winch, of Victoria, B.C., and
published in that paper, on the
coal strike. To a man who understands the circumstances it
shows how little Mr. Winch
knows about the situation. He
is as far away from the truth as
midday is from midnight.
It is generally understood that
Mayor McLeod has declined to
stand for another term of office
at the coming municipal election.
With that understanding tho
name of Thos. E. Bate is being
freely mentioned as the coming
candidate for the office of mayor.
If he consents to run it is expected he will be elected by acclamation and be satisfactory to all
parties concerned.
The sum of fifteen thousand
dollars has been promised for the
Nanaimo publicity fund, with
only one-third of the citizens approached. The money is to be
paid in monthly instalments extending over a period of two
years. The committee soliciting
for funds expects to raise the
$25,000 set out for. But what
would have been the result of
their efforts if the Nanaimo
miners had taken the advice tendered them by the officials of the
U.M. W. of A. THB ISLANDKR. C-MB-UUiAND, B.C.
Treacher's Christmas Turkey
MR. Joseph  Treacher  fixcl  bis silk
hat firmly uu bin head, turned up
the collar   of   bin   overcoat, aud
then opening the door, took his umbrella from the titand aud gloomily surveyed tbe a-ceoy outside.
Th? path down to the gate lay thick
with mow, the three uetH of footmarks
—those of the milkman, the postman,
aud 'he paper l*.iv—were being rapidly
obliterates!, aud the condition of tbe
roiid beyoud the | now -covered privet
kedge would certainly have aroused en-
tbtiHiasin in tbo heurt of a schoolboy;
but it brought about aa entirely different feeling ui (be b remit of the portly,
middle-aged city merchant about to veu-
ture ou tbo mile aud a half walk to tbe
station.
".Joseph."
The voice was that of his wife. Mrs.
Treacher was seated over the Are iu
the dining room with the uoruiug paper
spread out before her.
"Yes, dearf" said Mr. Treacher,
choking down tbe remark be had beeu
about to make.
"Make haste and shut the door, and
don't forget the turkey—a plump bird
ef ubout fourteen pouuds. Oo to Ham-
eon '■ and "
As Mr. Treacher had heard the necessary virtues of the bird he was to purchase in the city about a dosea times
within the last twenty-four hours, he
saw uo necessity to listen further, so
he obeyed his wife's first behest, and
closed the front door behind him.
Tbe walk to the station proved to be
even worse thau he had been gloomily
picturing it since rising tbat moruiug;
be found that tho snow, threatening
overnight, had done its work well, aud
succeeded iu making this Christmas Eve
bear a marked resemblance to the pictures in the Christiims numbers that
decorated tho bookstall at the railway
terminus.
"The pleasures of living ia the country!" ejaculated Mr. Treacher, after extricating himself from a cunningly -concealed diteh and groping for bis umbrel
la. "Bah! I was a fool to move from
Kensington. In a civilized place the
snow is cleared away before respectable
people have to get ubout. Confound it
all. 1 shall miss thut wretched train
enlaas I run! "
Mr. Treacher lived twenty miles out
of London, in the little Surrey village
of Coulsford, or, to be moro correct, in
a pretty little villa on a newly-opened
estate, a mile and a half frnm the village and station. He bud lived tbere
for two years, and save on Saturdays
and the three weeks' vacation that he
permitted himself in tbe summer, had
caught the 9.40 each morning, with a
machine-like regularity. There was an
earlier train, just herore nine, which
conveyed humbler folk to their offices,
but the train alter the 9.40 wns a Blow
one, at half-past eleven, and it took tbo
best part of an hour to do the journey.
He broke into an awkward run, the
■iiiiw got Into his boots, and playfully
trickled down bis neck; bis breath, with
the unusual exercise and tbe lurid summing up of the situation, came in short,
panting gasps, but he arrived on the up
platform at the same numieiit as the
Loudon Express, ami the statioumaster
bundled him into a first-class smoking
carriage.
"Seasonable weather bo hanged, sir I "
tbe only other occupant of the carriage.
"Seasonable weather be hanger, sir!"
cried Mr. Treacher, as be felt a little
stream of melted snow running down
bis back, aud wriggled wrathfully in
his seat.   "Seasonable weather be-
The stranger  buried  himself in his
Caper, whilst Mr, Treacher continued
is remarks about the weather, tbe gross
neglect of the Rural District Council.
the sinfulness of ditches that allowed
themselves to bo disguised into traps
for the unwary, and the ultimate fate
of house-agents, whose glowing adver-
twements led men, unqualified for the
occupation of Polar explorers, to come
and live in the country.
Then, having exhausted himself, Mr.
Treacher, feeling cold and damp, sat
back and gloomily regarded the great
stretches of white country and tho dull,
leaden sky.
Bnt when the train, nearly a quarter
of an hour late, glided into tbe London
terminus, Mr. Treacher pulled himself
together. Men who knew him well declared that he had three distinct personalities; at home be was terribly
afraid of his strong-minded wife, and
was a meek little man, ou the journey
to and from Loudon he was in the chry
talis stage, aud in tbe city he was a
martinet. It would have been the great
cet jc.y In some of his clerks' lives to
have seen their employer in his borne*
life.
On this Christmas Kve morning, Mr.
Treacher paid nn unusual visit to the
refreshment bar, had a brandy and soda,
to combat the evil effects of the snow,
lit a cigar, and, in a fur happier frame
of mind, walked rapidly along the snow
cleared pavements to his offices in Bish-
9psgnte Street.
There was to be little work done that
day, and at ene o'clock Mr. Treacher
came ont of his private office to ge to
liinch. announced to the head clerk tbat
be would not return, and that the staff
were at liberty to leave, and then, with
a casual "Merry Christmas," he strode
ent and made his way to his favorite
restaurant, and ate a good lunch.
Then came the business of buying
.be turkey.
From the time of their marriage,
tome ten years ago, Mrs. Treacher had
declared always that a man who was
ts Ixindon almost every day, must by
eat ti re be a good shopper, aad la consequence Mr. Treacher had become ■
tort of common carrier. He did not
appreciate the honor, and time after
time had been tempted to do something
that would lose him his proud title,
but at the last moment his ceurage had
failed, and therefore this Christmas, as
in years gone by, be had to buy the
bird that was tn provide the feast fer
bis wife, and himself, and two brothers*
from   jumping   out.    st   the   terminus
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inlaw wbo were to spend the noxt day
with thom.
He made for Leadenhall Market, an
xioue to get hia shopping doue aud to
be free to catch the 3.Ill train. Tho
dealer whom he usually patronized came
eagerly forward.
"I waut a turkey," uid Mr. Treaeh
er.   "It must be——"
He checked himielf from repeating
bis wife's definition of what a turkey
should be. "It must be a good bird,
ubout fourteen pounds."
"I've got the very thing for you, a
beautiful bird thia; Alteon pound—, air;
aud you cau have it fer the aame number of shillings."
Mr, Treacher giagerly poked ita
breaat.
"(irand bird, air," aaid the ulcs
man; "came from a farm in Norfolk,
only yesterday."
"All right/' aaid Mr. Treacher, "I'll
tuke it; put it iu a bag, and hurry ap,
please.''
He fidgeted whilst the man put the
bird iuto a mat basket, paid for it, and
theu walked rapidly towards the station.
It wns wben be was half-way up the
station approach, with five miuutes in
which to catch the train, that Mr.
Treacher suddenly remembered to bay
his tobacco. A Christmas without to
bacco would be torture; but there was
ouly a small shop ia the village, and
that did not atoek bis favorite mixture.
There waa .but one thing for it; he
must miss tha 3.10 and go home by the
four o'clock. Muttering un-Cbriatmas-
like remarks, he turned about, aud went
out iute tbe snow aud slush again.
A quarter of an hour later he return
ed to find tbat the 3,10 had beeu a
quarter of an hour late in starting, owing to the heavy Christmas tratlic, and
that he had only missed it by half a
minute.
After speaking eloquently to tbe
ticket-collector for some few minutes,
he returned wrathfully uwuy and ran
Into the arms of Keyuolils, tbe junior
partner of a firm with which he did a
good deal of business,
''Hullo, old man!" cried his friein
joyfully, "(.'ame up for a slack time
today, and have been kept hard ut it
over u dispute with an inhuman wretch
who has no respect for this festive sea
sou.    Come and have a drink,"
Mr. Treacher assented eagerly; he
was a very temperate man, but ho felt
that he needed something after his
trump through the snow aud his heated
argument with the ticket-collector. Besides, Reynolds was un itilhlciitiul young
fellow, a man to keep in with.
Treacher bad plenty ot time, nnd he
talked business with young Reynolds,
who seemed in no hurry to catch the
local train for Sydenham, where be lived
with his father.
He wished his young friend nil the
joys of the festive season outside the
barrier of the local platform, and then
hurried along \o the mainline platform,
from which his own train departed.
To the surprise of everyone, the four
o'clock train backed alongside thc plat
form at one minute to four, aud the
officials, rapidly recovering from their
amazement, decided to give a similar
shock to tlieir colleagues farther down
the line by getting the train oil' on time
and hustled the passengers into their
seats.
Mr. Treacher, muttering '' Coulsford''
several times in a somewhat excited
voice to an inspector, who pleasantly
demanded to know where he wished to
go, got into a first-class smoker.
lie sank into a corner seat, and beamed genially upon the other three occupants of the carriage, then withdrew
a cigar from his case, lit it, and puffed
out a cloud of smoke, feeling at peace
with mankind.
"Right away!"
A whistle shrilled out, a green flag
fluttered at either end of the train, aad
it began to glide from the platform.
Then Mr, Treacher's eye fell upon a
turkey peacefully reposing upou the
rack above a gentleman in tha opposite
corner, who, with his heal sunk on bis
breast, was slumbering.
He glanced quickly up to aee if hia
bird were over hia head, paled slightly,
and looked at the aeat beside him. But
there was no turkey in the raek or
upon the seat. Then, with a shock that
caused him to drop bis cigar to tha
floor and made him start to hia feet,
lie realized that he must have left tke
bird in the refreshment room.
He let down the window, allowing a
quantity of cold air and anow to come
into the carriage, and fumbled for tbe
handle of tbe door.
Hut even as he fumbled, the train
drew clear of the platform, and a pair
of strong arms pulled him back into the
centre of the carriage.
"Let mo go, you fool,'' be panted.
"I've left my turkey behind!"
The elderly gentleman who waa clasp
ing him affectionately around tbe waist
explained brutally that, whilst in tbe
ordinary way he had no Interest what
ever In Mr. Treacher's life, he waa de-.
termined not to be summoned aa a wit
uesa nt an inquest at Christmas time,
and thereforo he would have ta go turkey less, at all events, ao far aa the
next stopping-place.
By this time the train had got up a
good apeed, and Mr. Treacher waa allowed his freedom. Ha picked np kia
cigar and sat hack in his seat, glaring
at his preserver, trying to think of aome
rnusie remark, bnt, inatead, thinking
how he would dare face his wifa without tha turkey.
Wkat excuse could ha maker To
admit he bad left the bird on a stool
in a refreshment room wonld be mad
neaa. Hia head thoroughly cleared now,
he racked hia brains to think af aome
plausible story, bnt witbout success. He
knew that Mra. Treacher waa a keen
crasa-exaatlner, aad tbat it would be
easier ta deceive the cleverest counsel
nt tho Bar than his wife.
But what could he dot
The traia began to slow dawa for the
first stop st a semi country station
about twelve miles out. For a moment
lie thongbt *f alighting and going bask
to town, hut he felt certain that the
turkey would have vanished, and a late
return would mean almost as mush
trouble as to go heme hirdlesa.
Tlie man who had prevented him
iligliM, and whilst Mr. Treacher was
Misting ns to whether he should fal
low his example, and try to buy another
turkey iu tho small town, tbe train
started again ou its way to Maythorpe,
the station before Coulsford.
Then Mr. Treacher, staring gloomily
around, rested his eye on thc gentleman
who was sleeping peacefully and who
had a fine-looking turkey iu a basket
above hia head.
Mr. Trencher decided regretfully that
he must have been keeping Christmas
already, and that he was likely to leave
the bird behind, or drop it by tho wayside.
To Mr. Treacher the loss of hia turkey
was a tragedy.
He leant across the carriage and
prodded the sleeping man with the point
uf bis umbrella.
Tho gentleman opened hia eyes and
stared blinkingly nt bim,
"I'll buy your turhey," said Mr.
Treacher.
The sleeping man informed bim, in
a voice with a good deal of auger iu
it, that he wnsn t a poulterer and had
no intention of starting in the business to oblige any madman that be met
casually in the train. He further informed Mr, Treacher that if he again
put his umbrella anywhere in hia direction, he (Mr. Treacher) would have no
appetite for turkey or anything else on
the next day,
"I'll give you a sovereign for it,"
said Mr, Treacher desperately.
"You're intoxicated," said the sleepy
man with dignity, and composed himself to slumber again.
the uame loudly aa tha train earn* to a
stop alongsido the snow-covered and
ill-lighted platform, and Mr. Treacher
cursed him teueatb his breath as he
jumped quickly out and gently closed
the door.
The stranger slept on, nnd Mr, Treacher, who had only once or twice used this
station before, saw the red lights of
the train disappear inte the darkness
as be unbuttoned his coat to show an
officious porter his season ticket.
Then, with umbrella in one hand and
tlio mat basket in the other, ho set off
triumphantly for home.
True, the walk was rather over a mile
more than if ho had gone to Coulsford,
und the roads, if anything, worse; but
he did not care—ho had his turkey.
He stumbled along manfully for near,
ly a couple of miles, aud, seeing no
signs of habitation, began to think he
had lost his way. Then to his joy he
espied the village constable going his
rounds, and discovered that he waa on
the right road, aud within bnlf a milo
of his realdance.
The constable wished him a "Merry
Christmas," and received halfacrown,
and then Mr. Treacher joyfully resumed
his tramp.
Only bnlf a mile moro, then a eheery
lire, something hot to heep away a possible chill, the turkey to give hia wifa,
together with the excuse of trains being late to account for his tardy arrival
home.
Then the look of joy left Mr, Treacher's face, and he stood in the middle
of the dark rond, white aud trembling.
What n fool be had been to apeak
to that policeman I
Regardless of the snow that swirled
and eddied around him, he stood there
thinking over the desperate aituation,
and slowly realizing tbat, instead of
doing all in his power to avoid detection, he hnd done everything to put
the police on his track.
(By Margaret 0. Hays)
What funnv people my folks are!
Thoyso got a great big tree,
And filled it up, from top to toe,
With glitt'ry things for me.
It makes me laugh to see how bright
That big tree Is, with bulls and light.
BABY'S riBST CHRIS-MAS
(Drawn by Rose O'Neill)
But I jus' laugh an' crow an' sco
The children dance my toys for me.
I sit all warm ou mother's lap,	
An' when I'm pleased, my hands I clap.
My little sisters laugh an' sing,
"See, Baby, see this pretty thing!"
(If they dou't givo mo those balls by- My little brothers bring mc toys—
mby, ■ They're pretty nice,—those little bovs.
I m goin' to cry—an' cry—nn' cry.) Isc had mv nap nn' bath on' milk,"
Jus   now I'm being played with.—Oh, So now Life seems as fine as silk:
Such lots of things thnt please me so!— (If I don't get thoso ballB, though, by
A funny man 'at dances gay. mby,
"Pull this string, Baby dear," 'ey say. Ise goin' to cry—an' cry—an' cry.)
Mr. Treacher flushed angrily, but felt
too miserable to attempt any rttort, and
sat back, staring enviously at the bird
ou the rack. A dishonest man, he told
himself, could easily make off with the
turkey at the next station. It was fortunate for the sleepy man thnt ho was
travelling with Mr. Joseph Treacher, of
Treacher - Nield, shipping merchants;
otherwisa	
"No," aaid Mr. Treacher, firmly, aa
an idea leaped into his mind.
"No," he repeuted leu firmly a few
seconds later, aa he stared longingly at
the mat basket on the ruck, Just auch
another bag us be had carried proudly
from Iicadeuhall Market.
Suddenly be tore a leaf out of hia
pocketbook.
"I am leaving a sovereign to pay
for the bird," he wrote; and then,
wrapping the coin iu the paper, ha
placed it in tbe stranger's upturned ailk
bat tbat stood on the aeat beaide him.
"I must got out at Maytborpe," he
muttered, as he took the bird down
from tha rack, and, buttoning up hia
overcoat, atooil ready to alight, dread
ing tbat the grinding of the brakes
would wake his sleeping victim.
"Maythorpet"
Tbe solitary porter on duty shouted
WOULD MOT BE WITHOUT
BABY! OWN TABLETS
Mothere having once lined Baby's
Own Tableta for their little ones would
not be without them. These Tablets are
a never failing remedy for the little
ills such aa constipation, eolie, worms,
colds, etc., that afflict ao many little
ones. And then, too, they can be given
with absolute safety to the youngest
child for they are sold ander the guarantee of a government analyst to contain no opiate or other harmful drug
f'onrcrning them Mrs. ('lias. Whatley,
I'cterboro, Out., writes: "I have used
Haliy'a Own Tablets for my little girl
ami have found them to be of great
value, Others to whom I have rocnm
nemled the Tablets sny they would not
he without them." Sold by medicine
'enlcrs or bv mail at 25 cents a box
from The lit. Williams' Medicine Co.,
Hrockvllle, Ont.
By getting ont at Maythorpe, he had
had to abow his season-ticket; the porter may or may uot have noticed bis
name, and would certainly be able to
describe bim. Then the constable kuew
him, and hud met bim carrying tbe
turkey on the road from Maythorpe stu
tiou to hia house.
Bends of perspiration stood out on
bis forehead as be slowly resumed his
walk. Suppose at Coulsford or at thc
next station the man gave notice of
tha robbery, he might be arrested that
night. 'Lie stranger might even deny
that he had left a sovereign.
Christmas in jail!
Mr. Treacher told himself that he waa
about twenty different varieties of a
fool, but it afforded bim no consolation.
Tbe lighta of tbe dozen or ao villas, of
which his waa one, cheered bim bnt
little, though he schooled himself to
show no agitation before bis wife. It
was possible thut tha man would pre
fer the sovereign to the turkey; he
might feel thnt to prosecute a respee
table, middle-aged eity man would make
him look like a fool, aa it would the
accused.
But the suspense waa terrible,
"You're late, Joseph," uid Mrs.
Treacher, aa he entered tbe inug dining-
room, and Inid tbe turhey on the table.
"Bnt I aee you've got the turkey.
What is ita weight I"
"Flf "    Mr.  Treacher   cheeked
himself, remembering that ht had no
Idea of the weight of tha bird belonging to hia victim, save tbnt it bad seemed very heavy on the long tramp from
the station. "I—or—think—er—it'a
about what you aaid, my dear."
"I trust it is," said his wife, short-
ly, and bore tha bird aff to the kitchen
to be weighed.
"It's a very fair turkey," she uid
on her return, which caused Mr. Trench
er to start guiltily from his gloomy
contemplation of the firs; "it weighs
exactly fifteen pounds."
'That's strange!" murmured Mr.
Trencher—"that Is," he ndded hastily
it's funny I should hnve got sin-li
a good hinl nt about the size you want
ed.   1 mesa •'
"Joseph," said his wife, severely, "I
A LOVELY WATCH FREE
A Solid Gold Watch for UUssRmtloatii. osuesutsx  IWt wusto your ,
■mr, II Too wish owslcotosorp Urns sou- to aoj sol—told watch,wltfcscnukio '
nasi-sa Isssr tomnaat Ml *s watt, sctst as your suss aa* a_lts*s Immwllsluly an* SfnstS
s«U 11 bous only, al sso. sack, of our l-soiis Canadian Fink Tabhsta, which sn as
•sos—atita—dy toe taa blood, soma sad Uauoa of ths sstus system. l_n,by curias uer-us
d.'Mlltr sr prostnUon, ssasils, bnUn lac Himi b__cb*, fbiasls wsakMss, dyspsptlo.
Inillg-sttsn. Ilitplits w natal dipfsuloa. its urasUsn*, -Ists-a. -snuff—la, fsnale cu—plaint,
so* sU diseases Billing Iffsas sscssms, onfwork. worry,
asd d_.-l.ut nutrition.   Ths u~ of Daws latitats will i
ebsruj. tbs pals and soBaw eciuplrxlon '.11U IU nslily
S'ow-hMltb. TtwransasnyaMasaschbosconUlas I
a TffJusWs pnmlum coops-  mat atlas this stood
opportunity.   S.n.1 us your erdsr and ifo win scad yos
Ubnssbynsllpnpal- Who you laws sit thiol. Ml
as tbs mouoy, H0O, aad ws win tnd yoa a watch M
Isdlss er toatlassan with Chain m Fab [sow i
li—sn*, to. sum day tho smoot -SMtsVst,
wo tl*. thtss Km* wotcha to -ttodweo sar MM)
sod ou srs ask ot too. trim yoa issstvo ths notch Is to
show It so your flksds. Bun-Oss of pcisooo has. !
nonvsd oat walchM aad thsy an am Ibta slisiid
wtUUum ItlsanisoppcnoaKytosMursslsvolr
watch without ipet**li*f a cau This watch Is a Stan
winder and set sad sot a teaman stork watch so tfim
Knootpmulumc-Mrstoa. Thsss Mo__h- R—as
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Mtwllkvsilsutinlaid.taaiknas>**«>. WowlUal-o
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FliikTsblsto. OidstIksH-oawllkisI Ms|. Addma
Ha.4
don't believe you know what you do
mean,''
All the evening Mr, Treacher started
guiltily when a knock or ring came to
the door. Each moment be expected
to see the portly village constable enter
hia Bitting room.
Two neighbors eama for a game of
whist, aud he lost what little reputation
he hnd possessed as a player,
Christinas Day and Boxing Day were
certainly not merry for Mr. Treaehar.
Each mouthful he took of tbe stolon
bird almost choked him. He pictured
himself in tbe dock, heard the magistrate saying that ths act muat have been
committetd ns a drunken freak, and
fiuing him heavily as a warning.
Oh, how his friends would chaff him,
Coulsford would be an impossible place
to reside in. His partner, alreadv far
too pushing, would take a still more
prominent position.
On Boxing Night ha wns so miserable
at tbe thought of the morrow that he
sat up lute with his two brothers-in-
law, ilreailing to go to bad and dream
of'disgrace,
Mr. Trencher nwnko the next morning with a foreboding of ill to come.
It was possible that the police might
have postponed action until nfter the
holidays, or that tlie victim of the rob
bery had not yet set them ou bis track.
In his misery he scarcely heard the
opinions of Mrs. Trencher ou his be
huvior iu retiring so lute on the previous night. He realized vaguely that
lie was being compared to all thc erim-
'nals of recent years, greatly to the nil-
vantage of the latter.
The road to the station was, if pos
sible, wotbc that when Mr, Treacher
lmd stumbled along it on the morning
of Christmas Eve, for a thaw had sel
thc previous day, nnd ho had to
wade through a lane of brownish white
lush, that defied nny ordinary boots
to deny its admittance. But Mr.
Trencher had no heart to be angry.
Mechanically lie tipped the beaming ami
attentive railway servants, and then
.toad on the platform, lost iu thought,
waiting t'or the London train, rejoiced
to find that none of tlio men he knew
wero travelling by it.
The train came ill sharp to time, for
there was littlo traltic that day, ami
Mr. Trencher entered the first first-class
smoking compartment he enme to.
" but mind, you chnps, you must-
n 't let it go uny further, or I should
tic the Inugliing-gtocK of the place."
Mr. Treacher sat as one turned to
stone.
A man sitting next but one to bim
was leaning forward and talking to
two others, evidently friends—and the
man was the mnn from whom he hud
stolen the turkey!
With trembling hands he held up his
newspaper in front of hint, and listened eagerly to what his victim had to
say.
Rummiest thing going," he went
"I hnd a pretty busy timo on
Christmas Eve; started early in tbo
morning, nnd felt tired out by lunch
time, nnd I had only just time to get a
ilrtnk in the refreshment-room before
catching the train. Now, my wifo had
asked mo to get a turkey in town, so
knowing that my memory's rotten, 1
bought it enrly nnd sent my office-boy
down with it; but, hang me, if I didn't
forget all nbout it. As I finished my
drink, I snw a turkey on a stool beside
me, and picked it up and walked off
with it, thinking it waa my own."
Awkward for the other chapl'' said
one of the men.
Rotten. I wish I could find bim
and explain; but, listen, here cornea thc
joke. In the train a fussy little chap
offered me a sovereign for the bird!"
A roar of luughter cuine from the
ot btl men. Mr Treacher's face became
crimson, his eyes wort starini* from his
"lend, and he seemed on the vorgo ef
in i poplectic fit.
"1 was hnlf asleep and I Ion", kmw
whnt I said to him; but, of course, nt
the time, T. th.night tbe turkey was
mine, so I choked him off, .tnd mils'
laic gone to sleep again. Anyhow, just
before we got to our atation T wcke up,
und when I looked for the turkey it was
gotta, but in iny hat wns a sovereign
done up in ths piece of paper."
He passed tbe paper nrnund.
Mr. Treacher, deeply Interested in
the leailin* nrticle, had the newspaper
sprend upside down in front of him.
He had atolen his own bird; he had
paid a sovereign to obtain it from the
man wbo had no right te it; he had
spoilt hia Christmus day	
The paper waa read with amusement
by tht two men, nud then passed baek.
"I tell yon tbe shock woke me up
thoroughly, and when I got home and
found thnt my boy had brongbt tbe
turkey I had ordered down al) right.
1 waa beastly worried. I'd done aome
poor brntt ont of his Christmas dinntr.
and ttood n good ehauct of bting mn
in or something nnplcaunt, but there
was nothing to be done. I'm going
into the refreshment-room to aee if the
chap left hia name. Probably he'll tall
in today, and they'll take his name
nnd nddress, nnd let me know. I can't
remember whnt the wretched little
scoundrel who pinched the bird wna like
so I can't hnnd him tht balance il
there's any due."
Mr, Treacher sat vary still at tht
train rolled oawarda; he was not taking
any risks, and ktpt tbt paper betas
kit fata.
"Suppose nt ont claims tht mo-ay."
asked one of the men.
"Oh, I shall wait a week, and if aa
thing bnppens, I shnll give tht qaid t»
the local hospital."
Tko local hospital benefited at the ei
taut of one pound.
THB OLDEST ROSE BUSH
SO fnr na ia known, the oldtat rata
bush in the world it tht out tt
tht cathedral wall at Hildeshcim
Germany, it can be traced back with
certainty to tho eleventh century, whet
the cnthedrnl records show that an item
tf txpeuse to tho caretakers of the aa
aitnt edifice. The main trunk of the
bush iB twenty inches through, and the
branches spread over tbe wall to a
height of twenty-live feet.
Though tbe oldest, this ia by at
means the largest rose-bush in Germany.
The largest one in that country, and
very likely in all Europe, is tho oae it
tha Welirie Garden in Freiburg. Thh>
runs up to n height of one hundred and
fifteen feet. The stock is wild rose, ana
the graft, made thirty years ago, a toa
rose of tho Chromatella variety. Thers
is au enormous Ilniiksia rose at tki
Castle of Chillun, on Lake Geneva, that
is better known to tourists than ciliisi
of these, though, as a mutter of fact,
it is exceeded in size by the one of tht
same variety in the Marino Gardens of
Toulon. This one spreads over a spnet
of eighty feet wide and fifteen feel
high, and has ns ninny as fifty thousand
ol* its flowers in bloom nt once.
AN ANCIENT LIZARD
THE tiintnra lizard, found in New
/.calami, is one of the most aneieat
foniiK of animal lite now found ob
earth. Originally this lizard possessed
four eyes, but in the course of the ages
it has lost one pair and must now cci
along with two. The tuatnra lavs eggs
which are remarkalile in that they re
quire fourteen months to hatch, Ihe em
liryo passing the winter iu u stute of
hibernation.
These Hiniill survivors of past ages ar*
found only ill a few localities and art
becoming very senree, collectors from
every part of the world being eontiun
ally on tlieir trail. They aro about Iwc
feet in length, ami, in common with
other lizards, have the fortunate eharar
teristics of being able to replace por
tions of their limbs or tails which have
been destroyed. It is asserted that oa<
of these lizards, owned by a naturalist
bad thc misfortune some time ago te
lose an eye, and thnt a complete eye
perfect in every way, has grown iu the
place of ths old one.
In view of tho fact thnt it has beer
decided to abolish thc red trousers of
the French soldiers, it is interesting to
note thut one British regiment, the fs
raoiis 11th Hussars, still wears thi*
colored article of dress.
People spenk scofltngly of the pot*
sibility of a serious epidemic of plagm
iu England, basing their belief on th.
long immunity from the scourge. Wt
ought to remember, however, that pre
villus to thc recent great outbreak is
Bombay there bad not been a siugU
ease of plague in thnt eity for lUs
yenrs.
Na mnn or woman should hobble pain
folly about because of corns when S"
certain a relief is st hand ns IlollownyV
Corn Cure,
MAKE YOUR CROPS PAT
We nil know that the seeding condi
tions in tbe Northwest are peculiar aar.
trying. Sometimes the soil is so dry
that it blowa over Into the adjoining
county, while on the other hand, whet
wet. it is as Bticky as glue. The largt
acreages sawn demand the use of tat
largest size drills, and the draft of tht
mnebine should be such that ordinary
teama will be able to do the work with
out undue exertion. The furrow open
ere, whether tingle disk, double disk ot
shot, must be of a pattern thnt will
work properly. Under all conditions tht
drill must be able to plant the artd
nt an even depth. This is imperative
beeanst even sowing means even grow
ing, uniform ripening aud high grading
of tbe grain. This is especially vital
to the Northwestern fnrmer, on account
of tht short growing season, tht front
leaving the ground late in the apnea
nnd coming enrly in the fall. The fete
mast be able to handle in wide range oi
qnantitiet all tteds that are sown with
• grain drill, Including flux, treated
wheat, etc. It must be a positive foret
feed. The frame ahould be able to support ita load aad not ug. All of these
conditions art fully met in the Light
Draft Roller Bearing Kentucky Drill .
Thia drill wna made especially for tht
Northwest, after yoars of experience is
the fields. It it decidedly a North
western machine—nothing tlie. It is s
drill that ean and will do your work at
it ahould be done—a drill that will stand
hard nsuge. Tbe double disks and single
disks hnve bearings that will Inst antl
that art properly lubricated. Than
hearings art dust-proof and make thi
disks vary lively in action. Tkt shot hat
a tool steal removable and renewable
heel that readily scours and haa leaf
wear in it. The hoppera have largt
carrying capacity, Tht framt ia of
choicest tteei. thoroughly braetd and
trussed. Go to your local dealer and Me
one. Bend for a Kentucky estalogve tt
The American Seeding Machine Co., I*
corporated, King nnd .lames Sts., Wiani
peg. and go to your local dealer and
insist on seeing tha Kentucky. Reraem
her, this drill Is sold under a bread
fitsrantcs and liberal warranty thai
mesas  mask to you.
87 THE ISOANDER. CUMRERLAND. B.C.
V
(
VE% guaiant-ie the
ptffect qualify and
absolute purity of
the tobaccos used in
the manufactureof
SwehCaporal
Cigarettes.
Catching a Tiger Shark on the South
Carolina Coast
HK  wiin called Spotted Jack, from
tho numerous splotches of dark
oolor tlmt aUornuU lii» huge Uo,,y
from  head to tail.    His slae, too, had
Increased from th. moderate louglh of
llxteen  feet to that of forty, as yarn
after yaru Would be spun by tho excited
ishornieii   concerning   the   depredations
Committed   by   his  lordship   among  tbo
fishing   tackle   ou   Iho   roef   and   also
'  among the set linen put for his capture*
1 suw htm unco, while ti_hing fur red
bass on  tho shallows.    It  wan ouly a
glimpse   of   two   huge   tins   protruding
acme two feet out of th6 wator and tho
{lorpoller-liko motion of the big tail us
t worked—forcing the long, dark body
•wiftly across the treacherous shoals
Into the deep aud safer waters of tlio
channels.
Ihoro wan no denying it. He waa a
nuisance and a menace to the fishing
Interests of tho season, and, unless
aome means wero adopted to rid tho
beach of his presence, our favorite pastime would he at ait end, for this Hummer at least. Several attempts had
been made to catch him—big set Hues
being used, baited with full grown mullets. Hut thc tlskenuen never seemed
to consider his great size nud strength,
or the rigs put out may havo been uid
and rotten. Some reason whs always
Advanced by way of explanation by
those whose repeated aUempts had always resulted iu complete failure, and
atill he lived and spread havoc along
tue llshiug grounds. He invariably
eame off victorious—each! timo leaving
three or four expensive rigs smushed
at the end of the tight. It was useless
to attempt to land him with tht* ordinary line. Something stronger must bo
used—a strong quarter-inch line ami
two hundred feet lu length. Steel hooks,
too, with chain leaders to match. This
would be mv outfit. And I lost no time
In getting it up. Big lines they wero
and beauties, but I needed just such
a rig. Fourteen or perhaps fifteen feet
fa length, he would prove an ugly eus-
^ torn or, even with tho aid of steel and
tteuip, backed by three strong men and
a big stake or log conveniently near at
band, to tako a turn around when tho
-    ft rain proved too great.
Thus 1 figured out the eost of battle,
as we went into camp that night. It
was late—too late on the tide to put
Ont the big lines then. So we contented ourselves, my man and I, with discussing our plans for the following
day, while We carefully examined our
fishing gear.
The streaks o-f early dawn found us
op and on tho move. Assigning to
Dave the tnsk of putting out and staking the big lines, 1 pushed ou to fhe
•lough tbat separated the fishing
grounds from the main lunch, ami,
trussing waist deep, found myself on
the big reef known as Siuithewt Breaker—u long, low sand bar that reached
far out to sea and which w:ih covered
Only by the highest titles. Gazing at
tht endless white fringe of pouudiug
breakers. I selected the calmest -mot,
and. whirling my heavy sinker threo
Or four times around my head, I hurled
It far out into the creamy white waters
Of the shoal—there to stay until lifted
by some of the sealy inhabitants of the
reef.
Dave, having new nnished his tusk
-of putting out the shark lines, arrived
Spun the scene. He was very much nm*
ferried at having sot n the big spotted
■ish he said, some distance down the
beach and heading our way. He whs
■nre of trouble, for his right ear had
boon ringing all the morning, "and
dat shore am an unfailing sign." Ac
fordiugly, as is the custom nf tht super
ttitious blacks, he made a cross upon
the sands, spat upon hin lino, and heav-
td'it far out—intent upon getting the
flrst bite aud landing the first bass.
I now searched every inch of the
white sweeping waste before me for the
-big fins and mottled body of Spotted
Jack; but, as it was still dark. I saw
nothing to alarm me; so hopefully surmised that he had taken some other
fOUte—-leaving ns to eujoy our fishing
Without interruption.
The flood tide flowed io sluggishly,
taking a long time to cover the tail of
the reef and fill the {iflght depression
thereon, in which wn expected to have
the best sport and catch the most fish.
. Coliseumntly wo had a long time to
wait—patiently standing in the chilly
wuter at four o'clock iu the morning,
with a raw breeze blowing from the
■aouth east which penetrated the innermost recesses of tht) body and paused
•One to sigh for tlie sheltered seclusion
of the ever warm myrtle thicket and
protected sand dunes of the Point. This
•was a job for which wo had no liking,
and Dave showed signs of weariness as
be rolled up his line and yawned, while
walking to his fishing-box for the pur-
-pose of replacing the bait stolen by the
Beady-made Medicine.—Yon need no
•physician for ordinary ills When you
"aave at hand a bottle of Dr. Thomas'
Erlectric OU. For coughs, colds, sore
throat, bronchial troubles, it is invaluable; for scalds, burns, bruises, sprains
It is unsurpassed, while for ruts, sores,
■ulcers and tho like it is an unquestionable header. It needs no testimonial
•other than tbe use, and that will satisfy
anyone ai to Ita efftetlvtntst,
annoying crabs aud small fish. Anothei
hour passed, aud still enr lines rode
straight out in front of us. This was
discouraging. As for mo, my logs gave
out and I waa tirod and disgusted wilh
the monotonous routine of throwing
out. aud winding up again, without a
single bite to encourage me. Where the
list) hud gone to 1 km w nut,
However, the water on tlio bar was
uot yot deep enough for bass, and, after
all, we hud tho whole day ahead of us
and tho best of the fid. to fish out. So,
with theso cheering reflections, I retreated to higher ground, aud, being
somewhat exhausted, sat ou my box
and dosed—lulltd by the soothing sound
of rippling wator thut unceasingly
swept iu and as unceasingly retreated,
carrying wilh it the annoying little
minnows that viciously uibbled at my
white toes as they lay half-submerged
iu the soft sand and shallow wator of
t lie roef. Fifty yards away, like a
statue cut out of ebony, stood Dave,
my fail li ful friend aud servant, with
drooping head and closed eyelids—himself a victim to the seductive iullucuce
of the hour and tho narcotic effects of
the salt sea air.
Away out, somewhere in the mysterious depths of that great heaving mass
of waters, lay our linos. Armed with
six big steel books, ouch baited with a
mullet uud auehorod with great sinkers
of somo two pounds each, aud so constructed us to withstand the undertow
and thus keep the rig iu position. Fearing that I might lose my line by having
it jorked out of my hand during one of
my cat naps, 1 made a noose, through
which 1 inserted my hand; theu, lightening it somewhat around my wrist, I
once more gavo way tu the drowsiness
that for the last twu hours had taken
complete possession of me. Turning up
the collar of my coat to protect my
neck and throat, I endeavored to keep
awake nwhile—heartily wishing myself
ensconced amongst the blankets of my
tent, nestling snugly amid tho distant
sand dunes of the Point. The crash
und roar of the breakers grew fainter
and moro remote. My senses grew con-
fusod, and soon I was do/.ing soundly
—only to he ruthlessly awakened by a
jerk that almost dislocated my arm.
The next moment I found myself pulled frum tay seat into the shallow water
aud "being rapidly towed to sea at a
rate that almost took away my breath.
At first I attempted to make a stand—
digging my toes into the sand aud bracing for dear life. But I might just as
well havo pitted my puuy strength
against that of a tugboat aB to attempt
to turn the big fish at the end of my
tine.
It did not take me a second to realize
what had happened. 1 had hooked
mauy u shark, clam-cracker and ..the.
htuvy aud hard pulling fish frequenting
this coast line, but nothing whosi
strength could approach that of this
rampant monster that was surely and
swiftly taking me out beyond my depth.
Shark or devil fish—judging from his
towing powers—one was as hud as the
otlier. It ull happened iu a second
Veiling for Dav., and vigorously con
testing every inch of my seaward join
uey took up all uiy spare time. .\h
tish wus fighting to gain deep watei
while I strained every nerve iu tn\
body to turn his head nud eonx bin
-hurtward, The line cut into mv wris*
tearfully, and I made several fruitiest)
ittetnpts to loosen up the slip knot, but
never succeeding in accomplishing any
thing, gave it tip and exerted al) mv
strength in trying to part it. In
this I likewise failed. Things wen
now taking a serious turn, unless I
could detach myself from the line, I
would surely lie carried beyond my
depth and drowned. Kven uow, I wns
half strangled by thr ducking I got
every few m.nutes; for the short roll
ers, racing shoreward, would hit me a
-Up that would completely submerge
my entire body from head to foot. Then
I would pop up on the other sido, only
to see a straight bar of white line cut
ling deeply through the next wave—a
line, too, made of our famous long
stapled Sea Island cotton, strong and
tough as a bar of steel wire. I groaned
in spirit, for I well knew that it would
cut through my wrist, even to the bono,
liefore there would part ouo fibre of tho
tough and closely spun cotton cord. No
—there wub no earthly chance of its
parting. This I knew, anil my heart
almost stopped beating as I thought of
what the very next few miuutes might
bring about. Diet Heavonsf I could
not die with just a small line, a mere
cord, between me and freedom. Break
it I would, even if the blood flowed
and the flesh tore apart. Thoroughly
excited, I continued to yell at thc top
of my voice for Dave, hoping he would
come to my rescue. Deeper and deeper
grew the water, as the great fish slowly
forced me out into the great swash of
big, choppy seas, ench of which lifted
me clear of the beloved bottom and so
deprived me of foothold—my only
means of retarding his seaward progress.
Turning my bead to one side, to avoid
the fearful slap and bnfTit of an incoming wave, I caught sight of au object
struggling amid the flying spray aud
yelling as only an excited black can
yell. Ah! the sweet music of those
yells!   Ob! tht lovo that welled ap In
my heart when I heard David's cheery
•'oice shouting words of encouragement
■ib he flourishud aloft a big sheuth knife
aud breasted the short waves of tht
oauk, ou his way to the swash beyond.
'Hold urn, Boss!" ho yelled, between
gasps. "Try for turn um, Mara. Cecil.
i>ah big spotted dobil! lie shore done
got you dis time I I'm coinin' all 1
.iiul ' These words came to ine across
a vast field of whirling white foam ana
broken water, but oh. the music of it
alii
still I tugged and fought—now
wrangling, uow gasping, as each giuul
wave would deluge me on its wuy to
.he distaut beach. A minute more, and
i see David's black hands grasping the
'tout cord aud feel his big shoulder us
it jostles against mine in a frantic ef
tort to stay the outward rush cf the
uow thoroughly frightened fish.
"Ihe firsl chance you get, Dave, for
God's sake give me the knife!'
"Ves, Boss. 1 ready, sah. Shore,
.'list ebaucol" he replied, us we dogged
ly fought and tugged, white the cross
-eas of the bank buffeted us ubout ad
libitum, -liddy from the whirl ami
• wish of thu uurushiug breakers, oui
ueadB swain and wo felt weak aud faini
irom the straiu of the heavy pull. Up
aud down the big ruef we raced. Out
lo the surf line; then in again we work
ed punting. Now almost drowned In
.iu avalanche of spray from some uu-
perceived wave; anon gasping foi
nreath, as the salt spray would be fore
i'd iuto our heaving lungs. All the
while losing ground, foot by foot We ail
.anced further into the great stretch
of moving, swaying green water of the
channel, with never tho ghost of a
chance to check his outward ruu and
nake a stand for eveu a moment. Oh!
tor the knife iu the darkle'b hand! 1
hail not time to reach for it and ho loss
lo let it go and hand it to me. My
lei't, hand was always employed in eas
iug the strain on my right wrist; other
wiso the line would have soou cut cleui
through to the bono.
Now a jerk throws us forward on our
faces, far beneath the surface of the
tide. Dave is the first to regain bib
feet and 1 see him fumbling for the
weapon I am so anxious to possess, 1
muster up enough breath to shout out,
"(.hiick! The kuift!" Thou down
again we go together. A moment ot
fearful ear-ringing and again we are
up, frantically coughing the water from
throat and lungs. 1 feel that this can
not last long. "Try for turn um,
Boss! Try for turn uml We gwine
ter drown!" comes in gasps from m\
dusky companion, and I know that he.
too, is failing. Even now I am on the
point of giving up awl quietly drown
iug, just as a puppy or kitten would il
repeatedly pushed beneath the surface
by tho band. I fool weak aud dazed.
But, even us I give up, my fish seems
to weaken for the first time since hook
ed. Tho great strain of a moment ago
suddenly relaxes and the white streak
of line falls and disappears in the whirl
and sweep of white wuter that rushes
across the great bank; my fish, to all
appearances, hus escaped; but, experi
enced as I am, I know the contrary.
No such good luck! He is merely ruu
ning iu with the line and in ull probability will be amongst us in a jiffy. Ap
preheudlng being torn to pieces by his
sharp teeth, we beat a hasty ret real
shoreward — straining waist - deep
against the undertow aud making a
fearful outcry, to intimidate him If
possible. Our progress, of course, is
slow abd-tedious, while bis would be
us swift as a swallow's.
Now, too, was my chance for cutting
my wrist clear. Calling for the knife
(which was handed me before the
words wero out of my lips), I quickly
slushed the stout cord aud was once
more free. I had had enough fishing for
ono day; so I fought my way steadily
through the surf for the beach, some
seventy five yards uway and glistening
in the noonday suu.
Being now free, I direct my attention
to lengthening our lines, then by add
ing u hundred aud fifty feet to my al
ready loug rig and proportionately in
creasing our chances of landing him
safely ashore without the former risk
of being obliged to follow him into
deep water. My arm being also released, I could let go when the
strain grew too great for my hands.
Ves; 1 was now safe ami bent on re
venge! With two long lines—some 850
feet—and my hand me, 1 felt sure
that he was mine. Now, catch him I
would. So. letting the coil drop in the
tide, I grasped the end firmly and
awaited the outward rush that I knew
would come, sooner or later, as he
shoaled. Hut the swash still separated
us from the mainland uud I felt I was
crowing too soon. Waist deep still,
with plenty of water to float a big fish
all around us ami with my skin creep
ing aud momentarily expecting the grip
of his powerful jaws, we struggled on.
Suddenly there arose close by a gieat
whirlpool of white water and a cloud
of spray, ont of which pipped two enormous dorsal fins, A piercing yell from
Dave and a freezing of my heart's
blood! But just then, thank heaven!
something alarmed him, and he was ofl
again—taking the slack as he goes out.
Out seaward he darts, while we tug
nnd Strain at the long lino that burns
and gnaws at our hands like heated
wire.
"Lot go, Boss! for flora'mighty's
snke. let go! lie too much for me!"
pleads Dave, disheartened at tlyi new
reverse.
But I refuse to quit; my blood is up
and I am determined to fight it oul to
a finish. For a st-.cond I get a glimpse
of his ugly body as lie glides through
n great, glassy roller—only to be lost
the next moment in a soothing smother
of foam as the big sea breaks. What a
beast he is! and *•*■ hideously mottled!
I'gh! the sight of his baleful goggle
eyes and shovelling snout! Out, out
ti) the end of l\r>o feet of good stout
line he swims, churning the sea into
foam ss he feels the check. Ah! now
he starts shoreward again nnd we pull
him in quickly, doing our best to get
him shoaled. This time I feel sure he's
ours—but again he stops, working the
dead weight tactics on na and refusing
to budge  a  single   inch. Ere  long  he
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heads shoreward onee more and I an'
Hilling him in through a big wave
tvheu up goes his tail and down gom
lis head. There is a whirl of wkiti
.vater and a great volume of eprn\
hoots skyward. Tho whole sen seem.
full of sharks, so quick is he iu hi.-
uovoiueuts. lie must have struck
be sand in his dowuward plunge am.
hus become frightened into a renewed
-Hurt to escape. Back to sea ho goes
with remarkable rapidity, in spite ol
»ur united efforts-—taking the skin oil
■ur bauds with the slack as he flies.
"Dave," I cried, "haul in with all
your might I This is his last spurt.
Don't quit me now," I pleaded, as iu\
_ompan ion grumbllngly berated the hot
lord which had burned into his tough
palm,
Once more, waist deep in the heaving
water, shoulder to shoulder we joatli
md bump each other. Now jerked nl
urn-it on our faces; now buffeted aboul
by the angry cross seas that camo ii
hrees aud fours, until 1 felt beaten aud
ready to throw up the sponge iu des
pair, while Spotted .lack sailed serene
ly through the green seas, appareuth
is fresh as when first hooked. Thi
aUtire length of two long Hues had
been paid out; the water was getting
l-Oper; and it was uow simply a mattei
if the strength of the harness. Stop
WO must—und stop wo did. Stretch
itretch, stretch! while we hung on and
lug our toes into the soft sand of tin
bottom. Would ho never stopf Minutes
teemed liko hours. I could not stand
it much longer, aud still the line
stretched and grew taut as a harpstring.
Our feet fairly plough the bottom, as
we are ruthlessly dragged seaward. Wow
ve como iu contact with some huge
lippery obstacle, deeply imbedded h
he ever-changing quicksand of the
due. To this 1 cling with a deathlike
.trip aud call upon Dave to do the same.
\ quick turn around one of its pro
jeetions aud the job is complete.
"Dat stop uml*' cries Dave, between
.'asps, as the mammoth shark ewlngs
dde on ami makes a mighty dive—to
»oon vault high above the horizon line.
tTp! upl into the blue air he flies. Then
lowu again into his native element,
miidst u cloud of feathery spray, be
• inks from sight. Once more we start
landward, across the vast expanse of
.eethiug water—waist-deep and put
ing forth the best wo have in us.
Taking in the slack as we bustled;
igaiu getting miserably entangled iu
ho heavy line that wound itself around
uir feet; staggering ngainst each other
iu our mad haste, and all the time
fearful of seeing two big fins and gog
,de eyes pup up again from the tombing foam around us. Now we've only
i few yards; theu the deep swash. Ugh!
hat deep water! What might not be
vaiting therein for usf Whore was the
iharkf
Ah! a jerk answers the question. The
line again runs out. Feebly this time—
givtug us no trouble to cheek it. Yes;
i here he is, slowly swimming in—worn
nit or drowned, as the fishermen style
t. Now, for the first time, we note bis
huge proportions, as he shoals in three
feet of good green wuter uud rolls slug
,'lishly about in the shallow sweep of
ho surf line. How the water flies, as
he raises his big tail aud brings it down
i gain.
"Wait ou de tide, Boss. We ean't
uove um, sab," pants Dave, as he sits
it rest, while little rills of perspiration
.haso each other down his ebony cheeks
md fall into the shallow sweep of sua
iround his feet. As for me, 1 am harmless. The reaction has set in, and I am
jlad to drop flat on the bard suud beach
md gasp for the breath that was so
iiadly ueoded in my exhausted lungs.
The question uow arises, How to despatch him? We dure not approach
the fish; ho is cross and still vory much
alive, and I would uot venture within
;eti feet of him, shoaled as he is, for all
ihe money in the country. Ever and
igaiu he makes feeble efforts to turn
•onward, but bis day has come uud we
ire masters of the situation. Dave
proposes going to camp for the Win*
Chester, A wise suggestion, to which 1
oadily agree, and alter a few minutes
he is back again-and anxious to shoot
the big fish, for he is fearful oi ils
getting uway and equally desirous of
getting the* liver to use ns a charm
agaiusl evil spirits. So. taking a careful aim, he sends a bullet ploughing
ihrough the big head and another iuto
the body. A few convulsive shivers,
md thrashings of tho huge tail, attest
Dave's true eye and steady hand. 1
uow decide to leave the carcass where
it is until the receding tide should
leave it high and dry. Theu, after
refreshing the inner man at camp, wu
are to return ami measure our prize,
aud, if possible, remove the lower jaw,
lo take home as a trophy of war.
in two hours we are back, to find
our fish some twenty feet un dry laud.
He is a monster all* right, and curiously mottled, being different from any
Specimen I have ever seen. His jaw
I hacked away, and succeeded iu laying
upon my hand iu two pluses while doing so. ' He had evidently strayed afar
from his native waters—probably the
Oarrlbenu sea or Oulf of Mexico—and
' id taken up his abode around our tUli-
,.ig grounds, I should have liked to
weigh the body, as he appeared to have
the girth of ti small pony, and, upon
measuring] proved to tie sixteen feet
live Inches—« length twice as great as
any usually met wilh around our coast.
There an-'no dOtlbtB Of his having beeu
able to drown un both, within ten
minutes of our hooking him, had the
hooks not entered high Up in his upper
|aw, very close to the shovel shaped
part of the head—a place known to
every fisherman as a tender spot, iu a
shark's hend. This chance booking.
I believe, saved my life, as lie was md
able to put forth a half of the prodigious strength at his command and
thus got worn out by his owu exertions.
Since   then,   I   have   never  attached
my line to any part of my person.   Oue
such experience is certainly enough for
ie, and  I  have learned wisdom  at the
ist of a nerve racking adventure.
WARS OF THE INSECT WORLD
THK Insect world sounds peaceful
enough when the wholb earth vi
brutes with its monotonous BOligs;
yet these insect melodies which make
the summer days seem so drowsy ano
peaceful to the human mind are, in n-ii
lity, making insect life what it Is: one
continual civil war. These songs arc
prompted by deadly sexual rivalry, and
a merry tune will ofton end in the
•inger'■   dwtth   if  hie  moro  powerful
neighbor happens to be within fighting
.iMttnce,
However, it must not be, supposed
hat all insect conflicts are started in
his way. Battles which start through
he songs of insects are always confined
o one species, for tbere would be no
lOXual rivalry, for instance, between u
iplder and a grasshopper.
So far, from personal observation, 1
have found that the grasshoppers are
iy far thr most irritable eliw of Insects
ituoitg themselves. They seem to enjoy
Ighting better than eating, und tro-
jueutly tight until each lu*. lost one or
UOro limbs, and sometimes until one
mcceeds iu killing the other. So great
B their interest in these deadly battles
hat tliey will allow themselves to be
licked up and carried about, continu
:ug the conflict in one'- baud in thc
oust unconcerned manner imsginable.
The katydids constitute the loss quarrelsome members of the grasshopper
'amity, Their lights are far and few
lOtween.  but  extremely    violent   when
mce   started.   1 remember vividly o
iftttle between two of these insects
vhich I witnessed several years ago. It
happened close to tne edge of n small
patch of woodland where several trees
had beon cut and the stumps left stand
ing from two to three feet above the
{rouud. To the top of one of these
• lumps a large katydid aud his mate
had crawled, perhaps to enjoy their
honeymoon. As I stopped to watch their
ictions for a minute, a third katydid,
teeing the happy couple, and feeling
mmewbat jealous, shrieked an insult to
them from a nearby stump. The offend
■il insect never uttered a sound, but,
leaving his mute, flow directly to the
ither stump, where a fierce conflict ensued, ending only when the insulting
me bad been torn to pieces by his more
loworful rival, much to the satisfaction
of tht female katydid.
The most furious of all insect battles
take place between colonies of the
nound building ant. Their huge nests
ire situated close to the edgos ot .haded
wood paths, sometimes near together
and at other times not within several
hundred feet of .one another, Here the
same colonies will live, year after year,
it peace or at war with ouo another,
until nature's own forces wipe-them
out of existence. Picture to yourself
two of these cities equal in size aud
population, and situated about one hun-
(red paces from each other; ohserve
iheir countless numbers, equal to the
population of two capitals. The whole
space thnt separates them, of twenty-
four Inches, appears alive with prodigious crowds of their inhabitants. The
following account was given by M.
Iluber of a battle which he witnessed
n great many years ago:
The armies meet midway between
their respective habitations, and there
join battle. Thousands of champions,
mounted on more elevated spots,
engage in single combat, and seize one
another with their powerful jaws; a
stilt greater number are engaged on
both sides in taking prisoners, which
make vain efforts to escape, as if
conscious of the cruel fate which awaits
ihem when arrived nt the hostile
formicary, The spot where the buttle
most rages is about three feet in dimensions; a penetrating odor exhales
on all sides, and numbers of ants are
here lying dead covered with venom,
while others, composing groups and
chains, are locked together by their legs
or paws, and drag one another alter*
untidy in opposite directions. These
groups are formed gradually. At first
a pair of combatants seize each other,
and, rearing upon their hind legs, mutually spurt, their acid; then, closing,
Ihey fall and wrestle in the dust. Again
recovering their feet, each endeavors to
drag off his antagonist. If tbi-ir
strength be equal, they remain immovable until a third gives oue the advantage. Until, however, are often sue
cored at tho same time, and the buttle
still continues undecided; others take
part on each side, till chains are formed
of nix, eight or sometimes ten, al)
hooked together, and struggling per*
liiiaciously for the mastery. The equilibrium remains iiubrokt-n until a number of champions from the same uest
arriving at once compel them to let go
iheir hold, and the single combats re
I'Otnmetice. At the approach of night,
each party gradually retires to its own
. ity; but before the following dawn the
combat is renewed with redoubled fury,
and occupies a greater extent of thc
ground. These daily fights continu*-
until heavy rains separate the combatants, and they forget their quarrel, ami
u'lice  is  finally  restored!
The anger of honey bees is frequent
ly excited against tlieir own species,
many a mortal com bat taking place,
<o met linen within the hive, suinetliue.
ivilhoilt, During th-t>e battles the bees,
like the grasshoppers, are so eager, thai
it if. impossible to stop them WlthOUl
administering a comparatively hard
blow of the hand. Tlieir one object in
these civil broils is to pierce their eue
niies with their stings, the stroke ol
which, if il quee penetrates to the
muscles, is mortal. The rompieror is
not always able to extricate Ins weapon
alter one  of  these  en gag nts,  and.
when   thin   is   the   case,   both   Inseetl
polish.  General actions sometimes take
place between two  full swarms.
r'lioiidly Intercourse will sometimes
pro Villi between the bees of two differ
ot hives for several days at a time,
.ut sooner or later one will become
iMinted with the other, and again a
..udly battle will be the result of the
.veil meant friendship,
Many death struggles take place bo-
iween 'insects of different families. The
nud-wasp stores hor nest with young
tplders for her own young to feed upon;
but let the little spiders grow up, lei
ihem build their powerful webs, and if
a wasp becomes entangled among the
silken strands a battle ensues which
results iu the wasp's doath more ofton
than the spider's.
So it goes throughout the insect
world, the strong preying upon the
weak and the cunning upon tht simple.
and press into place. In case of a pulley, draw the leather around tightly a»
possible; lay and clamp,
SMALL, SWIFT, SURE
rPHE power pulley is an electrically
JL operated winch recently designed
to enable quick coaling oi warships. Apart from ils original destination it may, however, bo used for a
multitude of other purposes both on
laud and on board ship.
This pulley is designed fur a load of
sixty pounds at a lifting speed of sii
feet per second. Four seconds are
thus required for lifting i he whole
basket to a height of twenty-three feet
—taking into account the acceleration
in starting and the slackening in stopping. The motor is surtieienlly strong
to stand temporary overloads up to one
hundreds   pounds.
Apart frnm its simplicity iu opertw
tiou, and high working speed, the power
pulley is (specially valuable because of
its ease of transport, the more so as on
the modern ships of the Dreadnought
typo the deck should be cleared as far
as possible for military operations,
Tht- motor is started by a simple
switch without a starting box. A simple
device allows the hook when empty to
be lowered as far as desired, so that
packages at any depth may be reached
JOINING LEATHER TO IRON
'p 0 glue leather to iron, paint the iron
L with some kind of lead color—
say white lead and lampbli ck,
Alien dry, cover with a cement madi
is follows: Tuke the best glue proem
ible; soak it in cold water till soft,
hen dissolve in vinegar with a modei
ite heat, and add one-third of its bull
if white pine turpentine. Thoroughly
nix, and by means of vinegar make i<
iho proper consistency to be spread with
i brush. Apply the cement while hot:
draw the leather on or around quickly,
BLOOD-POISONING FROM
CUT FINGER
Serious Condition Relieved by Zam Bull
Mr. Jas. "Darey, 7H'i Ellice Avenue.
Winnipeg, says: "A few mouths since 1
was cured of a poisoned finger through
the timely use of Zam Buk. 1 cut a
deep gush across the kuckkle of the
right hand, iu opening a lobster can
oue evening. 1 sutfered at the time with
the soreues- aud pain ,but had nu idea
it would become a serious wound. How-
ever, iu ubout two days I whs greatly
alarmed, as my whole hand and arm to
.he elbow became Inflamed, aud tlie finger was much discolored, showing signs
uf blood poisoning. The pain was dreadful, and I was forced to leave off my
work uud go home.
"The wound on the knuckle had be-en
poisoned through the dust and dirt
about tho furnaces and boilers. I then
decided to stmt the Zam Huk treatment
and, having lirst bather the cut, I applied tke healing halm, It soothed the
pain almost Immediately, and the next
day there was a groat Improvement, In
a week *s time, through perse vera net
with Zam-Buk, u complete cure was
brought  about,"
Scores of similar eases could be .plot*
il. aud the wisest precaution is to keep
a box of Zam Huk handy and apply it
immediately u cut, or burn, or  bruise
is sustained.
Zum-l!uk will also be found a sure
cure for cold sores, chapped hands, frost
bite, ulcers, eceema, blood polsou, varicose sores, piles, scalp sores, ring worm.
Inflamed patches, babies' eruptions aud
chapped places, cuts, burns, brulsos and
skin injuries generally. All druggiste
and stores sell at COe. box, or post fret
from Zum Huk Co., Toronto, upon receipt of price. Refuse imitations and
substitutes.
THE RAVENOJS  RAT
A RECENT flood in tbo Ohio Rival
drove  the  big,  grey   river   rate
from   its   shores   and    retaining
walls through sewers to the stores ana
residences of  filiddloport, Ohio.
Tho morning after the Hood had
reached its highest point, a .stream of
water broke through the ceiling of a
meat shop iu that town from a residence abov e. A hurried investigation
showed that a rat hail gnawed uway
more thau half of a two Inch lead pipt
leading to a sink above. The cull ings
were left on the ceiling when the rat
had firm footing and a good place to
work. Evidently the rat was after tht
4lease lining the inside of the pipe.
To reach that it was but nocessary tt
.-fit a small hole iu the pipe.    Why did
he  rat  go ou and cut the pipe  more
ban halt' in two ami for several inches
up and downs'
A CU refill examination of the section
uf   damaged   pipe   shows   conclusively
bat tht rat wont ut the job in ft
work ma alike way. Alter culling a
hole through to the cavity, il cut from
each   side   with   upward   strokes   from
he lower jaw, each stroke of the sharp
teeth  leaving distinct marks.
ONE BETTER
11.'HEN a young mau proposes you
\A      should' always   be   careful   ni.4
test   his   love,"   cautioned   tht
conservative chaperon.
"Hut 1 go one better, auntie/' twittered the pretty girl.  "Do you see thle
tiny bottle?"
"Ves,   Does it contain perfutnof"
"No; it contains acid. I test the ea*
gageiuent ring."
IT IS NEWS WORTH
GlVlNli TO IHE WORLD
HOW   RAVAOEfl  Or   KIDNEY   DISEASE aim: checked in
QUEBEC.
Mrs. Jullon Paluchaud, for seven yean
a   sunned,   Ituds  quick   relict'   audi
complete   care   iu   Dodd's   Kidney
Pills.
Whit worth,   TemlBCOUatR    ''().,   Qotaj
Nov. UN (Special)---Wilh Hie coining of
winter tho ravages of Kidney   hiseast
are again felt iu this province, and tht
tact that a sure cure is vouched for in
this village is news worth giving to tht
world.    Mrs, Julleu  Pulnonaud   is thei
person   cured,  and   she  states   without
hesitation  thnt she found  her cure iB
Dodd's Kidney Pills.
"For seven years my heart and Kilt
nays bothered me," 'Mrs. PuinebnatJ
states. "1 was always tired and iter-
ous. I could not Bleep. My limbs wort
heavy and 1 had a dragging sensation
across* thc loins. My eyes had dark
crlcles Older them and were puffed ami
swollen. I was so ill I could hardly
drag niys.lf around to do my housework.
"A neighbor advised mo to try
Dodd's Kidney Pills, and I found relief
in the first box. Si* boxes made me petted ly well."
If you have any two of Mrs. Pain*
chaud's symptoms your Kidneys art
lise-asad. Care them and guard against
serious, if not fatal results by aaiefl
Dtdd'e Kidaty Pills, inr.   it5i.AH un**,     t;.tin_n_Aisu, r>.<
THE     ISLRNOER
Published   every   Saturday   at  Cumberland,   B.C.,  by
Islander Printing & Publishing Company.
W. R. Dunn, Manager.
Edward W. Bickle, Editor.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 1912.
Advertising rates published elsewhere in tlie paper.
Subscription pr!oo $1.50 per year, payable in advance.
The editor dues nut hold   himself responsible fur  views expressed by
orrespondentA,
What the Editor has to say.
The Islander ond stcdT wishes nil its subscribers, old
-md new, a Right Merry Christinas and a Prosperous nnd
1 lappy New Year.
"Co operation with autonomy." This phrase taken from
the speech of the Right Hon. 11, L. Borden in the introduction
uf the naval emergency bill, defines the principle upon which
is based the course of action of the Canadian Government in
dealing with the intricate problem of Imperial defence. "It
seems most essential," Mr. Borden told the House, "that there
should be such cooperation iu defence and in trade as will give
to the whole Empire an effective organization in these matters
of vital concern. On the other hand each Dominion must pre
serve in all important respects tlie autonomous government
which it now possesses." The memorandum prepared by the
British Board of Admiralty and read by Premier Borden in
Parliament, contained this expression of opinion in reply to a
question as to the form in which temporal'?/ and immediate
naval aid can best be given by Canada:—
"We have no hesitation in answering after a prolonged
"consideration of all the circumstances that it is desirable
"that such aid should include the provision of a certain
"number of the largest and strongest ships of war which
"science can build or money supply."
Here is the Government's proposal as communicated   by
Premier Borden to Parliament:—
"Upon enquiry as to the cost of such a battleship we are
informed by the Admiralty that it is approximately two million
three hundred and fifty thousand pounds, including armament
and first outfit of ordnance stores and ammunition. The total
cost of three such battleships which when launched will be the
most powerful in the world would be approximately thirty-five
million dollars, and we ask the people of Canada through their
Parliament to grant that sum to His Majesty the King of Great
Britain and Ireland and of the Oversea Dominions in order to
increase the effective naval forces of the Empire and to safeguard our shores and our seaborne commerce and to make
secure the common heritage of all who owe allegiance to the
King. These ships will be at the disposal of His Majesty the
King for the common defence of the Empire. They will be
maintained and controlled as part of the Royal Navy; and we
have the assurance that if at any time in the future it should
lie the will of the Canadian people to establish a Canadian unit
of the British navy these vessels can be recalled by the Canadian Government to form part of that navy, in which case ol
course tbey would be maintained by Canada and not by Grunt
Britain. lu that event there would necessarily be reasonable
notice, and indeed Canada would not desire or suggest the sudden withdrawal of so powerful a contingent from any important
theatre in which the naval forces of the Empire might he exposed to severe and sudden attack. In the meantime, I cm
assured that special arrangements will be made to give Canadians the opportunity of serving as officers on these ships."
A Ifew
Suggestion® for
New Year ©ifts
i
For Ladies
5Jf_J Chatelaine Bags -        • from $1 to 84
tijjjj Handkerchief-, Irish Linen both plain nnd fancy
If *■", from 25c to 7fie
l\:: Children's Picture Handkerchiefs fie each and
i'f$, 2 for fie
l\ ' Fancy Handkerchief Holders from 81 to 92.50 each
r('\ Hemstitched Linen Table Covers 8!) to $4 each
«y "       Tray Cloths - -        75c
•"c? "        Table Napkins    - $4 per dozen
t^h't, D'llilies and Centre Pieces from 5c to 75c each
|s_ Ladies Umbrellas       - froi   81.25 to 82.50
I'M Ladies Dressing Jackets, White Wool - 84
IJkA Papateries, Holly Designs, - at 50c per box
^|t Ladies Felt Shoes and House Slippers SI to $2.25
For the Homo
Sl|*£? 1 only, Giafoiiola - regular $65, now $45
&1-  * oll'*)'> Graphophone  - "     #45. now $50
For Gents
MK  Hair Brushes - $\ each and 82 50 pair
A'*, Smoking Jackets -   •   regular $5 50 now $fl
Pfe Wool Mufflers, in cream and mauve shades, (J5c
14^ Sets of Suspenders, Armlets and Garters, $1.25
For tho Children
f'h A nice assortment of Toys at prices to suit al,
Macfarlane Bros.
Phone 10 P.O. Box 100
"The Corner Store," Cumberland, B. C.
A bill far-reaching in its effects will be introduced by the
Hon J. D. Hazen, Minister of Marineand Fisheries, this session
dealing with with wire ess telegraphy. Canada wi 1 not be be
hindhand in adopting even/ modern method to safeguard the
iives of passengers on ships plying not only on the high seas
but on the inland lakes. The bill will provide principally that
c.mpulsory "wirelrss" be introduced on passenger vessels,
w'lich carry fifty or more passengers, plying between points
. wo hundred milts apart
TheBuilders'Supply Co.
Limited
COURTENAY, B. C.
OUR   ::   SPECIALTY
Kiln Dried Flooring, V. Joint, Finish and Mouldings
Window and Door Frames made to Order; Windows and
Doors; Paints, Oils and Varnishes; Lime, Bricks, Cement,
Lath and Plaster; Builders'Hardware; Plumbing Supplies
As good as the best and better than the rest
MANY EXCELLENT
POSITIONS OPEN
New Federal Law Compels Vessels to Have More Wireless
Operators.
Many good positions are open
to young men and women in the
field of "Wireless" and commercial telegraph service. The pas-
sane of the new federal law,
effective October 1st, compelling
all sea-going vessels to be equipped with wireless instruments
and manned by two competent
operators, has created a great
demand for operators in the
marine wireless service. Federal
laws now require railways use
more operators than ever before.
The Morse Telegraph company,
opposite the Orpheum Theatre,
Seattle, operates in close connection with wireless and commercial officials, and can place graduates in good positions. It will
pay you to write for full particulars.
— o-  -*-.<*»
DEPARTMENT OF LANDS
ISLUPEn JinVEBTIBINB fiffTES
Displny Advertisements
7") cents por column Inch por in-nili.
split inl t'ftto fni" lial.' pago or more,
Condensed Advertisements
I cent 1 word, 1 Imuo ; minimum charge 95 cents.
No account* run for ''ii- .lass nf advorilning
CANCK..LAT10N OF RESERVE.
VOT1CE is hereby given that the
A reserve existing hy reason of
the notice published in the British Columbia Gazette of December '27th,
1907, is cancelled in so far as the snme
relatdS to tbe following desorihed lands
so as topmnitoF tlie sale of tin1 timber
standing thereon;—
Commencing at the northeast corner
of of Lot No, 2849, Redonda Island,
Now Westminster 2)istriot; thence east
18 chains; tbence north 4cliainsj thence
cast 19 chains; thence .south 25 chains;
thence west. 3>'2 chains, more or less, to
the east boundiiry of Lot No. 28-19;
theuce northerly along the east boundary of 8 il id lot to the point of coin
mencoment; containing by admeasure*
ment 7<> acres more or lens,
ROBERT A. KKNWICK,
Deputy Minister of Lands.
Department of Lauds,
Victoria, Ji.C, December 11th, 1912
Dec 21 8m
MAIL SERVICE
Mails for Dispatch:—Vancouver, Victoria, Nanaimo, etc.:
Tuesday, 7.15 p.m.; Thursday,
and Saturday, 6 a.m.
Comox and District:—Tuesday,
12.15 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 4.30 p.m.
Per SS. Cowichan, Sunday, at
2 p.m., and Sunday 6 a. m.
Mails arriving:—Vancouver,
Victoria, Nanaimo. etc.: Tuesday
afternoon; Wednesday and Friday nights.
Comox District:—Wednesday,
Thursday and Saturday.
Per SS. Cowichan, Tuesday
noon and Sunday morning.
COURT OF REVISION
Comox Assessment District
A Court of Revision andAppeal,
under the provisions of the
"Assessment Act" in respect of
the assessment roll for the vear
1913, will be held at the Court
House, Cumberland, on Wednesday, 18th December, 1912, at 10
o'clock'in the forenoon.
Dated at Cumberland, the 6th
day of December, 1912.
JOHN BAIRD,
Deputy Assessor.
FOR SALE
fj-IFTEEN
1    LAND,
ACHES OF GOOD
Six acres cleared, Th>eo
acres in Market Garden containing
Uasplierrles, Stmwlierries, etc.
A NE>* El VE ROOMED HOUSK
Chicken House, Barn etc.
A Good Running Stream of Spring
Wuter right nt the door.
Also L'00,000 feet of standing Fir
timber,
\ good road will bo built* through
the property.
A SNAP—#3000,    J1.000cash
Bfllance on wry easy terms,
FOR SA LE—Two-story house,  con-
tnining   !)   n is,   mi   full sized lot,
Cleared, fenced, anil planted wilh fruit
trees. A bargain, Part cash ami
terms to suit purchaser.    Apply E. W
Edward W. Bickle
NOTARY PUBLIC,
CONVEY-NCEA-,
and HI..IL ESTATE
OUMBBXL-sNA II.C
Change advertisements for
Saturday mornings issue must
be in this oHico not later than
10 a. in. on Thursday.
FOR SALE-Holstein Bull, very
quiet. Price moderate. Apply:
Mrs. David Pickles, Denman
Island.
FOR SALE-Cheap, One Monarch Range, one year's use. Also
one heater. Apply Mrs Heather-
ton. Happy Valley.
WANTED TO RENT-A five
roomed furnished house for three
months or more, and within city
limits. Apply by letter to "M,"
Box 430, Cumberland, B.C.
FOR SALE—A number of registered Yorkshire small pigs,
white. Price $3.00 each. For
particulars, write Arthur Du-
maresq, Denman Isl.
P. PHILLIPS HARRISON
Barrister,   Solicitor   and',
Notary Public.
*.»-*X>-O<*-_-_-_-<>0___-__'>o<
>'*'***>s^-*N<^^_^^iS>-s^^s.I*.a*«^VV_«>i*S-^
K. flbe & Company
DEALERS IN
Groceries, Dry Hoods, Boot &
Shoes, Hardware, etc., at the
lowest, possible prices
Ten per cent discount for one month
ou all Dry Hoods, Boots and Shoes
K. ABE  &  COMPANY
Dunttimiir Avcnu*
Cumberland, B. 6.
a-*fypfc*
Sale of Government Land
NOTICE is hereby given that
there will be offered for sale at
PUBLIC AUCTION, at the Court
House, Cumberland, on Monday,
the 30th day of December, 1912,
at 11 o'clock in the forenoon, the
undernoted parcels of land situated in Lot 194, May 442, Comox
District:—
Block C comprising 14 acres
S.W. quarter of the N. half
of Block E, comprising 4 1-16"
Lot 3 of Block A      "      5   "
S. half of Block E     "      161"
The said land will be offered
for sale subject to a reserved bid.
Terms of sale—Cash.
JOHN BAIRD,
Government Agent.
Government Agent's Office,
Cumberland, B. C.
13th December, 1912.
l-_»_ UUl
Grocers & Bakers
Dealers in all kinds of Good
Wet Goods
Best Bread and Beer in Town
Agents for Pilsener Beer
_-_--->-sW«*«a a. - -.-,-,-,^.^-y^,^^^.^^.^^^
i
PIR.EII FIRE!!
For absolute protection write a Policy In
the LONDON AND
LANCASHIRE  FIRE!
INSURANCE    COMPANY   of
Liverpool, England,
TOTAL ASSETS, U20.788.93
WESLEY WILLARD,
Local Agent
LAWRENCE & WRIGHT
Cement Blocks, Concrete
Chimney Blocks a Specialty. Samples can been
atMcKean & Biscoe store,
Courtenay.
For Estimates  and  particulars
J. Lawrence,
COMOX, B.C.
__■__■ THE ISLANDEK, CUMBERLAND, B.C
4
" The Magnet Cash Store"
TWO VALUABLE
Given away
TUESDAY EVENING, Dec. 31st
For every 50 cts. cash paid for
everything or anything you buy
from us entitles you to one
ticket after December 1st.
1st Prize, Edison Phonograph, value $28
2nd   "   Oxford Double Heater  "   $16
T.E.BATE
Phoneu
Cumberland, B.C.
THE CANADIAN BANK
OF COMMERCE
SIR EDMUND WALKER, C.V.O. LL.D., D.C.L., President
ALEXANDER LAIRD JOHN AIRD
General Manager ■ Aaalitant General Manager
CAPITAL, $15,000,000 REST, $12,500,000
BANKING BY MAIL
Accounts may be opened at every branch of The Canadian
Bank of Commerce to be operated by mail, and will receive the
same careful attention as is given to all other departments of the
Bank's business. Money may be deposited or withdrawn in this
way as satisfactorily as by a personal visit to the Bank.       ...
CUMBERLAND BRANCH.      W. T. WHITE, Manager.
NEW GOODS
ARRIVING BY EVERY BOAT AT THE
IDEAL STORE
Ladies'  Waists,  Sweater  Coats,    Rain
Coats, Wrappers, Nightgowns, etc.
Men's and Children's Boots and Shoes,
Sweater Coats, Hosiery and Underwear.
BLANKETS   and  SHEETING
You should see our range in tliese two lines before
buying your winter supply, and compare our values.
We have tlie best line of Blankets ou the market for
the price.
-rtttfS >«_1-*__»T •
"I
DALLOS BLOCK
Dunsmuir Ave.
Synopsis of Coal Mining Regulations
COAL mining i ight_ of the Domini...1
in MHiiitubn, SHfk-itcliBAnn nnd Alberta,
tlm Yukon T.rii'ory. th«N .-rthwwt Terri
toritis-iiidina porl.un <<f the Province, of
British 0 ■hnnhifi, may be lea-t'd for a term
nf twenty*.me yen.'- at nn annual rent-al nf
SI an acre. Not morn than 2,600 aciet*
will be leased ti> one applicant.
Application foraleaMe must be made b,
the applicant, in person to the Agent orsul>
Ag_.it uf the district in which the right,
applied for are situated.
In surveyed ten itnry the land must be
described by sections, or legal subdivisions
"f sections, and in unsuiveyud territory
the tract applied for shall be ataked out by
tbeapplicatlt hiimelf.
Ku-h application must he accompanied
by a fee ot $u which will be refund, d if the
.it lits applied for are uot aviilabie, hut nut
xiherwitte. A royalty shall be paid ou tin
merchantable output of the mine at ilu
mie of live cents per t n.
The person operating the mine shall
rurnish the Agent, with sworn reiurnsac
ouiitlng for the full quantity of merchantable coal mined and p-iy the royalty
'hereon. If the oi-ttl miniag rights are
not being operated, iiiuh retuniB shall be
f i.n i iished at least once a year.
The lease will include the coal minim'
<ights only, but thei seeemay Iv permit-
led to purchase whatever avai'able sur
face rigMs may bo considered necessary
I' r the working of ihe miueat the rate of
$l0 00an.tc.e.
For full information application should
he mado to the Secre'ary of the Depot-
ment of the Itite-ldr, Oi-kwh,  or to  any
Agent or Sub Ag>nt nfDnraiuioa Lauds,
W. W. CORY,
Deputy Minister of the Interior.
N.B- Unauthorised publication of this
nd vert isement will uot be paid for.
F. PIKE,
Plastering Contractor,
Cement  Work.
COURTENAY      -      *      -   B.C.
J. BARRIE,
Successor lo A. McKinnell.
Confectionery,
Ice Cream,
Fruits,
Cigars and
Tobaccos
McKinnell's Old Stand,
Dunsmuir Ave., CUMBERLAND
THOS. E. BANKS
FUNERAL
DIRECTOR AND
UNDERTAKER
CUMBERLAND.B.C
Phone 07
Agent for ths
NANAIMO
MARBLE & GRANITE
WORKS
Alex ii-'i.i.i- --i-ii, PropHetor
l-Htiinaten nml l>.>«ir,in f..ri.l_he(l
on Ai'plifHUuii
JohnWestfield
Better known as "Peg"
GENERAL TEAMING
Wood and Coal Hauled
Palace
Livery
THE BEST of
HORSES and
FIRST-CLASS
BUGGIES
FOR HIRE.
JAS. CAIRNS & SON, Props.
COURTENAY. B. C.
nit. 18
EJ.
Ppaetieal
aintep
Decorator/Paperhanger
and
Kalsomining.
AU Work Promptly
... Attended to...
Residence, Penrith Avenue
Cumberland,   B. C.
LAND   ACT.
Sayward Lai d District
District of Sayward
Take nutice that Lelaiid Paul divert,
ofCounenay, B.C, occupation  farmer,
intenda to apply for permission to pur
chaae the following described lands.—
UommeucinK at a poat planted at head
of Plumper Bay, thence aouth 12 chains,
thence west 50 chains more or Ibhs, thenoe
following shore line to point of commencement, 100 acres iu> re or less.
LELAND PAUL COVERT,
Applicant
Dated Ojtober Srd, 1912. 28 12
The
Star
Third St & Penrith Avenue
A. MAXWELL
Proprietor
AU kinds of hauling done
Pirst-olaBB Rigs for Hire
Livery and team work promptly
attended to
Mri. Simula will give lessoua on tho
piano at her h use in Jerusalem, formerly
owned by Mr. James Stewart, at any
lime by appninltnont, except  Tueadaya
Ice Cream Sodas
MilkShakes
Sundaes
Candies of all descriptions*-TnE
Very BEST.
Fruits of all kinds—Best quality
grown.
Tobaccos of all strengths.
Cigars—The best variety of the
choicest flavors.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE ISLANDER • $1.50
Hardly •& Biscoe
REAL ESTATE AGENTS, AUCTIONEERS
FIRE AND LIFE INSURANCE
Courlcnan, #. if.
FOR SALE—Farms, Bush Lands, Lots and Bungalows.
Auction Sales of Real Property, Farm Stock, Furniture etc.
conducted on the shortest notice at reasonable terms.
Diirbtj anb $i-coc, glial (Eatalt Agents dtourttmiB, IE. $.
Phone 10.
Heaters! Heaters!
Our First Shipment has just arrived, and now   < 1 sale. Frets
ranging f.om g fO $10
BLANKETS AND COMFORTERS
Blankets .'rani 12.75 a pair up
Comforters froni SI.75 each up
.4   full  stock of Furniture, Beds,  Springs, Mattresses, and
Linoleums always on hand.
••
The Furniture Store *
McPhee Block A.   McKINNON      Cumberlan    B.O
Victoria, B.C. THOMAS'CROSSING, Cumborland, B.O
Phone %i Sidney, B.C., Phone F 36. Phone 33
S.NAKAN0& Co.,
REAL ESTATE and
COMMISSION AGENT
Head Oefick: CIS, Fisguard Street,
VICTORIA, B.C.
THE lEOi EN-LID ftOTEL
JOSEPH WALKER,
PROPRIETOR
THE BEST OF WINES, LIQUOR k CIGARS
ALWAYS INSTOCK.
DUNSMUIR AVENUE : : : CUMBERLAND, B. ..
Ernest T. Hanson's
Standard Bred S. C. White Leghorn*. Tlm flock ha* been Ihe
foundation of most of thc hi got egg ranches in the Cowichan
district. My wholo flock of pullets has averaged 107 eggs per
bird in twclvo months, My Pen of Pullets No. 19 is Fourth in
the Vancouver Egg Laying Contest.
Breeding Hens for Sale
at $1 and $1.50 each
Until end of October.  Order now for Hatching Eggs and Day Old Chick*
Ernest T. Hanson, Cowichan, Y. I.
Capital Paid Up $11,500,000
Reserve Fund, 912,500,000
THE ROYAL BANK
of eaNaDa
Draft- Issued In any currency, payable all over the world
SPECIAL ATTENTION paid to SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, and Inter
highest current rate* allowed on depoalta or 91 and upward!
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Licenced Auctioneers and
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We have a large number of enquiries for Acreage in
Cotnox Valley. If you have anything to sell list with us.
We arc Auctioneers, see us if you want a sale and wc
will arrange one at the shortest possible notice and get
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ruu heavy for the bust sijoelmens, which
ho trapper must euteh iu -wires oi
tonder boughs or tu bouiq such way,
dotnotimcfi h. puta a little grease on hit
bunting knife and laya it across tho sue
cewdcu of dot-, and dashes in the snow
which Bbbw nn ermine hns passed thai
way. Along conies thc little white forn
on its erratic course again, The greasi
tppeals to it, ami it beginb to lick the
blade nt tho knife; but. alas] tha
pioco of Bteol is ley cold, nnd tho tiuj
red tongue is InBtantly frozen to it si
tightly as to render futile ull the fran
tie struggling, The knife i* too hoavj
for the little animal to carry uway
and in his own good time tho trappoi
eomes and finishes his work.
If ho managos to take it silver fc/x
the trapper in in grout luck, for tht
pelt of a pi inn? Bpeelmen of that anl
ma! h worth fifteen hundrod dollari
to the mnn who buys it down at Kd
nODton, and the very best will bring
the buyor as much ns twenty five hut:
drod dollnrs. I.ut the trap por gets fow
stiver foxes, and for theae he receives n
price much Btnallar thnn tho figure tit
which the white tinier will t-ventutilly
'■Hike his fn\]p. The animal of which
tho trapper will probably capture mosl
is the lynx. One firm of trnders brought
eight thousand lynx into Edmonton lust
Bummer, and these formed only « pari
nf the tr-tal receipts. Others which nre
taken in large nu inborn are beavers,
boars* otters, wolverines, minks, martens, mush rats, mush-oxen, Ushers.
weasels, and white, red, black, and
cross fox. Tens of thousand.-, nre trapped during the course of n Hen son.
The hunter or trapper must carry
Imps and supplies into the remotest
regions, where even lumbermen are un
It nown. He builds a low, wide sled,
holding throe hundred pounds, and
loads this with porn, flour, under.loth
ing, snd steel traps. And when the ice
on streams and lakes will bear his
weight he starts into the wildorness,
there to lend a hermit's lift! for seven
from the nearest habitation, the trapper trios to find two parallel streams
running near each otlier. Here he
pitches his home rump, setting traps
along both ifvira. The work of taking
months, Arrived at n point many miles
game from tlie traps is varied by catching fish, snaring rabbits, and capturing
musk-rats for bait and food. Now and
then the hunter mny kill it wandering
hear—sn evert which may lead him to
:i big store of wil I honey in s hollow
tree. In this utter solitude lives the
adventurer, perhaps forgetting thc dny
of the week or the mouth of the year.
Ho fixe* tht date for breaking up camp
and fuming hack to civilization by the
eonditlon of the fur on the animals he
takes or by the effects of suePght on
the snow. Now snd then he will abnot
deer, or even a moose, for the flake
of the rawhide, ment. and fat, which
bitter keeps his traps from rusting.
\ file serves him Instead nf s grind
atone t-n keen nxefl snd knives keen:
nnd be washes his clothed through a
hide in the ice, drying them by nn open
fire. The dazzling glare of February
often brings snow blindness; nnd
month or two later the fast thinning
fur on his prey sh'-ws that further work
is inprnfltable, Ife then secretes his
traps tn hollow logs ready fr.r next
nson. pnel;s his load of pelts nn the
ide sled, snd trudgen off through the
fort-st to the nearest noFt or settle*
ment. Ui arriving, the trapper sells
ortant post, also oa the edge of tho h,j8 fnrgi
I When the trading season Is over, the
rrrtnpers go bflek tn their winter hn* r
! ing grounds, which they do ent leave
j from October till .Tone. Here they may
[have r shark or hut built nf log*, which
will enable them to with its nd the r'gr.r*
on, weather, but the location must be
A LARGE proportion of the furs
which tht- world's peoplo wc-jir
for garments still conies from
North America, says Chambers's Jour
nal, dospite tho great changes which
have occurred on that continent, especially within th_ laat fifty years, by
tli>' Bottling of whnt wus formerly a
wilderness. Tho value of the yearly
fur hunt on eca and land throughout
the world is nbout tivo million pounds.
Of this amount Canada aud Alaska
Contribute nearly one fifth, not bocauac
of tho targe number of skins Bocurod
by tho hunters, but because so many
ot ihem are rare and valuable, for we
must romoU-ber that the seu Is taken in
the waters of North America ulum- re
present a very large Bum each year.
The history of the Hudson'b Bay
Company might bfl callod a history ot
the American fnr industry; because,
alnce it was formed back in the govou*
keonth century, this corporation has
bu 1 na agents and hunters scultered
o\er an enormous territory. Ovui a
Century a^o it had no le-,s thau one
hundred aud siuy trading-poatfl and
"factories"—the term factories moan
leg stations in charge of its factors or
buyers. It not only obtained furs from
bhiM of that part of Canada which
north and west of the Great I_ak
but many thousand pells woro received
from the Pacific North-Weat—thai por
Hon of the United States comprising
thc Btates of Oregon, Washington, nnd
Nevada—at that time almost unknown
to the white man. la thoso days Win
nipeg wns the bead-centre of the Hud-
Bon's Bay Company, tn.; log fort which
it constructed being tho foundation of
thc present city. No longer is this the
head centre, for oivillEatioii has crowded Uie fur-huntor further and farther
north, until Winnipeg is only one of
tl e minor stations of the great corporation.
Seven hundred miles to tho north
treat of it is Edmonton; the largest,
market for "raw ' furs in the New
World, the capital of Alberts, and the
most northern point on the North
American continent to bo reached by
a continuous line of railroad. Pietur-
baquo yet modern, and an outpost of
empire, Edmonton In tho old days was
an important settlement in that seetion, the extreme uorth-wostern market
in the fur-country, It was founded a
century or so ugo by the old North
Western Par Company, for a brief time
a competitor of tho Hudson's Bay Com*
pany.
The industry is now divided into
brunches. But few of the skins Hre
icuured by the buyers direet from tho
hunters aud trappers, most of them
being obtained through the fur-triiders
who yearly make expeditions into the
wilderness, nnd obtain a "load," often
for a supply of provisions aud clothing,
and perhaps no money whatever
Changes hands. In the spring, wheu
the ice and snow commence to thaw,
the agents of the big concerns, the free
traders and the few trapperi, who have
Cared to bring thoir furs as far buck
as Kdmouton and Prince Albert, begin
to move back to the north country. The
Objective point of many of the traders
ih' Port Resolution, a post ou Great
Slave Lake, nearly ouo thousand miles
aorta of Edmonton, as the trail leads,
and something like four hundred miles
South of the Arctic Circle. Fort Chip-
newayan, on I.nke Athabasca is another
important post, also on th
fur country; und there are a number of
posts in the interior and along the Mackenzie River, which Sows from Grout
Slave Lake into Uf Arctic Sea. The
muat northerly post is Fort MePherBun,
en the Peel kiver, two thousand miles
sort!, of Edmonton, aad approximately
ore hundred nnd fifty niilofl above the
Arctic Circle.
Each company of traders takes a
large supply of provisions and goods
for barter, in addition to its own stuck
Of food, guns, etc., and the journey in
severing the thousand miles to Fort
Resolution, or the greater distances to
the more remote posts, In one of great
difficulty nnd hardship. The first ninety miles out of Edmonton is overland
to Athabasca Landing, on the Alhs
basca River, where flat boats und canoes are taken and the trip to the fur
Sountrv begins in earnest. The route
lies downstream all the way, since the
Athabasca th-ws north into Athabasca
Lake, which is connected with Great
Slave Lake by the Great Slave River.
But there are many rapids to bs avoid
ed by means of long portages, so that
even" this part of tho journey is not
easy.
The trnders come back to Edmonton
Snore heavily laden than when they
went away. The pelts obtained by
barter direct from the trapperi or fv.l
lectsd from distant posts are packed
In hales weighing about a hundred or
So pounds each, and loaded on their
canoes and flat boats. Then the fight
tgatnat the current all the way back
to   Athabasca    Landing   is   commenced.
Tow lines are attached to the bigger
end heavier of the boats, and they are
pulled upstream by men who walk
almig the banks "tracking," as it ia
Called, Wnen the portages are reached
the boatl must be unloaded and the
cargoes nnd the beats carried pssl the
rapids. Going down, it is possible to
Send the goods by land and "shoot"
the rapids in the empty boat some
times. Going up, it is unload, sarry,
and reload from end to snd.
Hut if the men who dr. thia part of
the work have a hard task, the lot of
the trapper is infinitely harder. Ho
Biust pursue the sources of his livelihood with the utmost cunning, varying
hit methods, from lodging a bullet in
the vitale of a bear or other large ani
rnsl in such a way as will not injure
the pelt to wetting the subtlest of
enures for such wary ones as the little
ermine, only the j'*t black tail of which
ts visible as it whisks across the blind
Ing snow. Th*- ermine is very shy, and
it must be specially dealt with in order
to avoid Injury to its delicate skin.
■ven the smallest of the steoi trapfl are
ear the homos of the animals, when
hey cau frotju-ulty examine the score
•r more of traps aud nets which arc
.ot for their capture, Tho extreme cold
.eatlier largely enables them to keep
he skins "cached" or stored out of
oors until late spring, whou they pre
■uie fur their journey southward to
■ eel the traders. 'Ihe furs may In
inched on ponies, on sledges, ur in
.nuts or otuer water-craft, for where
waterways arc available theso ure used
.11 mukii.g the journey. As the traders
iow advance further into the wilder
iiOBB the hunters aad trappers ure saved
iiuiy a week formerly needed iu mult-
t.g their way tu the nearest factory.
80 many urn uow engaged at the volition that the American fur trade is
.dually greater today than over he-
ore, in spite uf the iiuui.-.mt-c tracts of
-vildoruoss formerly the home uf game
iiilmuls whkh have beeu settled by the
white men. This is bc-cause by tho pro-
eut system the hunters and trappers
evil re much more value for their skins
hau in the puat, aud huve time to
over a larger area of the wilderness,
-iome uf the Indians in the more nun I.
.rly sections, where the furs uro the
inest because Of the greatest cold, sol
lom or never see a white man ur any
dgu of civilisation. They remain in
he woods from year's end to year's
'inl. Tho pelts which they gather aud
hang on trees, or '' cache'' in some
noro effective manner, ure collected by
liallbreed representatives of the trad-
rs whenever the opportunity offers,
Many curious instances of the mau-
iior in which the houeaty of the Indian
UUUliostB itself are cited in the north
'■uuntry. Ono of the tales told is of a
native who, desiring food and tobacco
md blankets, broke into the store of
1 remote trading post which had been
locked and abandoned for a few weeks
while the white mau in charge transacted business elsewhere, The Indian
supplied his needs, but he loft pelts for
payment for what he took; and months
later he camo back to ascertain if he
iiad left enough. Except tn the matter
>f price, the traders deal fairly with
the Indians, and ordinarily nothing but
good feeling exists between the two
classes. Oue Indian found a post closed when he went to it to dispose of his
skins. Being unwilling to wait, he
forcibly entered and left his pack, but
lottflng with it to indicate his identity.
Theu hi- retired, fastening the door as
best he could, and nol until a year later
Ud he rtum. When ho walked into the
|iost and told his story the price of
the Skiiis was handed over to him without question. The accounts of the white
man hud been carefully kept, and he
was certain that no claim but a just
one would l>e made.
NERVE AGONIES
ALL i.ERVOUS DISEASES CTTRED
BY DU. WILLIAMS' PINK PILLS
Nerves that are overworked or wenl«
quickly indicate their distress hy pain.
That pain may he neuralgia or inflamed
nerves, usually affecting the head, bul
often fhe spine and limbs, It may In
nervous dyspepsia, easily started b\
worry, excitement or weakness. It uia\
be Ht. Vitus dance, a common sfflictioi
among children, or neurasthenia, a con
dition of general nervous exhaustioi
aeeomnanied by acute melancholy
Worst of all fhe puin may sign. I the
enrly stage* nf paralysis or nervous dt
cay, All these disorders signify that
the hungry nerves are clamoring foi
'loorishment in the form nf good, rich
blond. The numerous cures of the ahoii
named BerVoiis diieasns and weakness*
in l.i.lh sexes by Dr. Williams' Pink
Pills, ire accounted for by the fact thai
these Pills actually make new, rich
blood aud ao supply the starred nerve.
Lvi-b the vital elements needed to
itrengthen them. Mr. Wm. (J. Jones
Wsstmead- Man., say 11 "A few yearc
ago it was my misfortune to suffer from
nervous debility, brought about through
a severe attack of Ifl grippe ur inrhi
eiif.a. When the firs) effects were felt I
sued te wake up in the middle of sleep
trembliug like a leaf, and in a bath ol
sold perspiration. Later fhe trouble
grew no had that I scarcely got a winl*
of sleep, tnd would toss about in bed
growing im/ weak that I feared for mj
life. A doctor wus called in, and then
another, hut without avail, I became
more snd more low spirited, and with
out any apperent reason would have lit*
of crying. While in thin condition, a
pamphlet was given me telling what
Or. Williams' Pink Pills had done fot
others* and I determined to give them
a trial. My the time I had finished a
fow boxes I began to get some sleep,
and this greatly encouraged nie. Then
my strength began to return, my nerves
grew steadier and in a few weeks more
1 was feeling aa well as ever 1 -did in
my life, and you may be sure I will al
ways gratefully recommend Dr. Wil
lianas' Pink Pills tn every one siek or
ailing, as they restored me to health
and strength after all other tnt-dicinc
had  failed."
You can get these Pills from say
medicine dealer or by mail at 50 cent*
a hex or six boxes for $2.1(0 from The
Hr. Williams' Uedisine Co., Brtekville,
OH
A REPORTER'S AEROPLANE RIDE
111KKK arc plenty of reporters ut the
aviation meet-, but as their obser
vat ions ure usually made from
terra finiia, we have so far had very
Jew accounts of how it really feels to
Ily. The man who runs the machine
hits otlier things to think about, and
is not usually a graphic writer. A correspondent cf the London Times, how
over, recently took an air trip, being
invited to go because ho weighed 190
puundB. Tho aviators wero having a
weight-carrying contest. The wiud was
blowing about twenty miles au hour,
and the rest of the competitors declined
to take the risk, so the aviator uud the
reporter had a "walk ovor," but not
as tame as most victories of that kind.
We read:
"Tbe worst part of such a journey
for the novice is the waiting until
evorylhii.g is ready for the start. Tho
sensation of anticipation is not uuliko
the feeing that oue has wheu one is
waiting for a wounded boar to break
cover from the corner into Which he
is driven. But once tho propeller starts
■ 0 whirl behind you all other thoughts
beyond the exhilaration of rapid motion vanihu. Vou have gript the struts
thinking that you will have to boll ou
like grim death, but you immediately
find that this is not necessary, 'Ihe
machine moves along the ground at au
extraordinary pace and 1 only knew
that it was actually Hying when I saw
tho elevating-plane change from the
horizoi tal. Of the motion of flight it
la difficult to speak clearly. Even iu
the high wind that Mr. Grace was now
climb!, g, it was not more thnn the scn-
sation of a beautifully balanced motorcar. The earth—in this case the sward
of the Lanark racecourse—seemed to
ho racing away from under us. and in
a flash we were level with the first pylon
and thc judge's box.
' '1 he machine wns now up to 150
feet, and I became engrossed iu Mr.
'rrace's method in flyii g. It seemed
to me that his attention was glued to
his elevating plane, with just moment*
uy glances Ottt of his eyes to judge
the distance by which he had to „hun
each pylon in its turn. We were now
crossing fields ami water, I could observe the gates, the wire fences, and
1 man bathing in the water. Then wo
went around into the wind. Our pace
Immediately slackened, nnd Mr. Orsee
vus working to keep his machine in
fhe air. As we frowned a rond we were
going an slowly that I could observe
the direction of the hoof marks of a
horse thut had recently passed. Hero
•ill observation ceased, as Mr. Grace
was uow battling with the wind. We
hnd only BOO yards to traverse to cross
tke winning Tne. but the dead weight
against thc wind was bringing thc mn -
nine down. Then there came a gust
heavier than them all. It took the ma-
"biue .'ust un the requisite amount to
cross the line, nnd we enme gently to
earth, ft hnd only been n four minute
i *e, but it was certainly the most delightful rido that I have ever experi-
"need. The only recollectlem that I
have that will describe the general sensation is that of exquisite motion."
A YOUNO COUPLE MARRIED BT
PROXY
MMIRIAGES by proxy are yet allow-
ed by law in Cuba. On Wednesday (says a Cuban newspaper, a
■narked copy of which hns been sent us
by a Toronto man now in Jamaica) one
of these weddings took place in this city
»t fhe residence of Mrs. Holer on the
Malecnn. when her daughter. Sta, Mont-
nn flnler, became the wife of Mr,
Francis Rita, son of the well-known
broker of thia eity, who is now in Paris.
Br, Ri t. sent a power of attorney to
his friend, Hpeaker Orestes Perrara, and
another to Rr, Manuel Torres, Sr. Torres
■ 't.rpttented the bridegrnr/m at the wed-
ling, na Br. Ferrara waa awav in Santa
Clnra,
The eereraony wa* performed by the
lie v. Father Manual Abuscai, of the
Uuiui-n i,uih"li- (. hurcu of the Holy
Angel, tluci uf i'uhce Armando Kivu
iu4 Sr. Miguel Monties acted lor thu
1'iule, while ar. Julio do la Tune uud
r'lauci-CG <i. i^'uiios acted for thu brid.-
groom,
'Ihe bride will in a  few days start
tor Paris to join  her husbaud.
QUEER FIRE TRICES EXPLAINED
1.VKK tricks were practised in very
. ancient times. The flrst known
Ore-breather was a Syrian slave
named Kutius, n loader in the servile
war iu Sicily, ISO B-C, He preteuded
lo havo immediate communication with
the gods. When desirous of inspiring
his followers with courage he breathed
dames nud sparks from his mouth.
In order to accomplish this feat Ku
nus pierced a nutshell at both ends, aud,
having filled it with some burning sub
stance, he put it in his mouth and
breathed through it. The same trick is
performed today iu a more approved
manner, Tho performer rolls some flux
or hemp isto a ball ubout the size of
a walnut, which he lei* burn until it is
nearly consumed. Then ho rolls around
it mure flux while it is still burning.
Hy this menus the fire is retained in the
hall for u long time. He slips tins ball
iuto his mouth unperceived, and then
hi nal lien through it. His breath revives
llie Ure, and he suHtaint no injury so
long as he inhales only through his nostrils.
Various theories havo been advanced
to account for other feats of this sort
performed by the ancients, observes
Harper's Weekly. An old ordeal wan
the holding of a red-hot iron by the
accused, who was uot burned if he were
innocent. Probably some protective
paste was used ou ths hands. Tbe peculiar property of mineral suits, such
as alum, iu protecting articles of dress
frum fire has long been known. An old
Milanese devised a costume consisting
of a cloth covering for the body which
hud beeu steeped in alum. A metallic
dress of wire guuxo was added to this,
and thus protected a mau might walk
on hot iron.
Fire-walking is an ancient Oriental
custom, the origin of which is apparently unknown. It still survives in India, Japan aud some of the South Sea
Islands. The [lerformance, sometimes
preceded hy incantations conducted by
prieats and followed by a feast, consists in walking barefoot over a bed
f stones which have beeu made red
or white hot by fire.
A tribe on one of the Fiji Islands
was once persuaded to give au exhibition, and scrt-rul Europeans went tu
witness it, One of them, a Government
meteorologist, carried a thermometer
that would register up to four hundred
When the guesta arrived they found
hundreds of natives assembled. Thc
oven wns twenty five or thirty feet long
and eight feet broad, nnd was shaped
like a saucer. The deepest part of the
depression waa fifteen feet in length.
The preparations, had beeu undertaken
long iu advance to avert any delay,
and the visitors saw tho stuues still
covered with embers.
Walking beside the pit before this
was done, the man with the thermometer recorded a temperature of one hundred and fourteen degrees. After the
stones were uncovered he hung his instrument out over the centre of the
oven, six feet above the stones, whero-
apon the mercury rose to two hundred
and eighty two degrees. It is said tbe
stones were "white-hot," and that low
flames from several holes between tho
stoneS could be seen leaping up around
th.m.
Two of the men who were to walk
across the oven were examined by. the
Europeans before their daring act
They wore garmenta about the neck and
waist. Their feet and legs were
tirely bare. The soles of their feet were
soft and flexible, showing that they had
uot been rendered permanently callous
in any way.
111 order to detect the presence of
chemicals that might huve been applied for the occasion, various tests
were made,
Finally, at a signal, the seven or
eight natives who took part in the exhibition came down in single file to the
oven and walked across the stones from
one ond of the pit to the other. They
sjtent  less than  half a  minute  there.
Immediately after they emerged the
F-uropeunB again inspected their feet,
but could fiud no sign of burning or
blistering-
Several Englishmen have tried this
experiment, one of them a British re
-ident on one of the Society Islands.
He stated that he felt something re
sembliug slight electric shocks, and
that the tingling sensation continued
for hours afterward, but that that was
all. Tho tender skin of his feet was
not even hardened by fire. Vet the
stones were so hot that an hour after
ward green branches thrown on them
caught fire and bla/.ed up.
LITTLE TALES FROM NEW BOOKS
'"Pill, infamous Captain Morgan and
1 his piratical crew were sometimes
iu tight places in Panama, and on
one occasion were reduced to eating
their leathern bags. "Some persons,"
ways one of the coBipaay, Rxnuemelin
(whose narrative is reproduced in "The
Bueeanoers in the West Indies"), "who
ut ver were nut of their mothers' kitchens amy ask how these pirates could
eat, swallow and digest I hose pieces of
leather, so hard aud dry. Unto whom
I only answer: That could they experiment what hunger, or, rather, famine is,
hey would certainly find the manner,
by their own necessity, as the pirates
did. First, theae took the leather and
sliced it in pieces. Then did they beat
it between two stones and rub it, often
dipping it in the water to render it hy
these means supple and tender. Lastly,
tht-y scraped off the hair and masted
or broiled it upon the fire. And being
thus cooked they cut it iuto small mortals and ate it, hoping it down with
frequent gulps of water, which by good
fortune they had right at hand."
Malingering is common in jail, hut
surely a case quoted from his own experience by Pr. Quinton, the late Governor of Holloway, in "Crime and Criminals" (Longmans) is a record. The
"hero" was a violent prisoner who
feigned stiffness of the index ringer to
avoid oakum picking. He was so angry
when the finger waa forcible bent that,
"on returning te hia cell, be promptly
placed the offending finger in the hinges
of hia table, which waa attached to the
cell wall, aud violently raised the loaf,
with the result that the finger was absolutely shattered aud had to be re
moved. V
Another case, even more remarkable
iu its way, was that of the notorious
American criminal, liidwell, who was
sentenced to penal servitude for life iu
connection with the Hank of England
forgeries,
"He was iu good health on convic
tion, but never did any active work iu
prison. Feigning loss of power in his
legs, he lay in bed from day to day,
and from year to yoar, defy iug all efforts of persuasion, aud resisting ull unpleasant coercive measures devised to
make him work. Wheu I saw him ut
Dartmoor at the end of eight or nine
years uf his sentence, long disuse 'of
his legs had rendered him utmost a
cripple. The muscles were extremely
wasted, and both hip aud knee joints
were contracted in a state of semi
flexion, so that he lay doubled up in
a bundle. Though he was examined
time after time by experts, uo oue sue
ceeded in discovering any organic disease, or any cause for hia condition
other than his own firmly expressed determination never to do a day's work
for the British Government—a threat
which I believe he ultimately carried
out.''
Probably the biggest cannibal orgy
un record is oue of which Mias Beatrice
(Jrimshaw tells in "Thu New New
duinea" (Hutchinson). "In 1S08 a
shipload of Chinamen was being taken
down to Australia. The vessej was
wrecked upon a reef close to Rosscl
Island (New Guinea). The officers escaped in limits, but were never afterwards heard of. As for the Chinamen,
numbering .12(1, the natives captured
Ihem, nud put them on a small barren
Island, where they had no food, aud no
means of getting away. Thoy kept their
prisoners supplied with fund from the
mainland, ami every now and theu carried away a few of them to eat, until
all but oue old man had been devoured.
This one Buccteded eventually in getting away, nnd told something of the
story, which seems to hare met with
general disbelief. True it is, however,
on the evidence of the sons of those
who did the deed."
A characteristic story of John Bright
is told bv Mrs. T. P, O'Connor in her
new book, "t Myself." He was at
dinner one night with an M. V. whose
wife by no means shared hor husband's
democratic sentiments. John Bright
was sitting near his hostess, aud she
was rather annoyed at having him among her smart guests, and thought to
givo him a direct snub, so she said during a pause in the conversation:
"Mr, Bright, this rug, I understand,
was made by yon, ami * am very dis-
Butisfled with it. 1 have ouly hail it a
Bhort time, and it is vory shabby uml
badly made."
"Is it)" said Mr. Bright, getting up
deliberately from tho table and taking
a silver camlelnbrum which lie put
down upon the floor and, getting upon
his knees, closely examined the carpet.
"You are quite right," he said, blithe
ly getting up. "It is a bad carpet, and
I will order my firm to send you another in its place." And then he calmly resumed his political conversation
and the dinner weut ou.
SMo/i'sGure
««l-_lr stops c-w-to-. a—r*M mlds. baala
it- Ifctsw* _Ml Imsnio     ■     '     M c.al.
THE PART PLATED BY CIEOUM-
STANTIAL EVIDENCE IN FAMOUS MURDER TRIALS
'rHK Orlpnen trial hus rained onee
I more llie much rii'lmtt*,] queatioti
of capital piitiishtmnt, garnished
with the usiiiil stuck iii-trad*1 of the alio*
lilinnists—the uncertainty of oirmm-
Btantial evidence. And yet, if tho quea*
tion lu> thoroughly probed, it will lie
found Hint many murderers would to
Cape the .just award i.f the avenging law
if circumstantial evidence were no longer admissible. Those who premeditate
tuurdtr, us a rule, take every precaution
to avoid direct evidence, lu the majority of cases the murderer is caught
in llie toils of circumstantial evidence
which he alone has supplied. The pieces
of underclothing, tlie scrap of hair, Ihe
portion of flesh with the scar of un old
abdominal operation—all these might
have been ilestroved by Crlppen, Mur
der will out. Falsehoods cannot be
woven into the (ine unbroken web of
truth. A close examination reveals tlu
(laws of the most adept Criminal who
seeks to cover his footsteps. Tho so
called romance of crime lies in tlie ingenious devices by which the accused
endeavors' to throw the sleuth hand of
justice off the scent. They spin such
a miizy well that they themselves are
caught in its toils.
Who has not heard of these famous
partners in crime, whose figures hold a
place of honor in Madame Ttissaud 's
chamber of horrors! The thrill of hnr
ror wit h which the publie learned of
their _ruesonie traffic led to the passing
of the Anatomy Act. Here was au or
•raui/ed, dividend-paying partnership,
syndicated for the supply of corpses to
tiie unsuspecting anatomists, and, as a
mere incident iu the ungodly trade, for
the forcible emigration from this world
of many poor waifs and strays, who, despite llieir helpless despair, chini* tena
doilBiy to life. Having selected an easy
and unsuspecting victim, Burke, the
diplomatist and soft-spoken benevolent
friend, tracked the (piarry to his lair.
Here his partner smothered the shrieks
of those who protested against "the
deep damnation of tlieir taking off;"
some, doped with drink and drugs,
yielding up their spirits without struggle or alarm. The corpse was then sr.ld
to good, easy-going Dr. Perkins, who
asked no questions. f)ld washerwomen,
idiots, the flotsam and jetsam cf the
streets, arrived at this human abattoir
singly on foot, and found their way to
the dissecting table. Rome, on tue pretext of hnving a drink, passed into the
murderers' den, uever tr. emerge alive.
Tliey wore more valuable in death thnn
in life, llumsn wrecks whom oo one
wonted brought $50 each when ready
for the hospital theatre..- The very
helplessness and friendliness of the
classes preyed on proved to be the
strong card in evading suspicion. No
one wanted these poor, down-and-outs
in life; in death their only market' value was ns subjects for the dissecting
knife. The score of victims try the ere
dit of these ghouls was forty, and-all
seemed well until Hare, avaricious man.
took in ledgers. This proved his nndo-
ingn Even with the sworn testimony
nf the lodgers, who were the horror
stricken eve-witnesses of the wnrder of
victims, the prosseltioi could only li*
ally succeed in accepting one of _M
partners in crime, Hare, as a Crow-
witness, so well had the flrin covered
iheir tracks. "We always took cars
when we were going to commit mm*
der/' said Hurko when the game wm
up, "that no oue should be present-
that no one should swear to seeing the
deed done. They might suspect, but
they nover snw."
Uurke, who suffered the oitreme pea
ally of the law, has enriched the Eng-
lish language with a mw verb. "T«
burke"—to smother, to get rid of
noiselessly—is often used by the publie
speaker uud Parliamentary debater
without any thought ur kuowledgs of
ils gruesome antecedents.
Tho uotoriottB case of the murdorei.
l.eorgo Mullins, is a typical instance _l
tho lutal tendency of tho criminal lo
weave the uooso for his own ueck.
Mullins was a policeman iu Ireland an.
also in England. After leaving tht
force ho did odd jobs us repairing contractor, and in this capacity did work
lor old Mrs. Elmsley, a penurious, sn»
plcious old woman, whoso liouso rent*
Irom tenants brought her in the com-
lortuble weekly sum of sj-JoO. The murder of this, lonely old woman leaked
out on a .Monday, anil strnightly pointed to robbery us the motive, ll wu
dourly the work of some one hungerina
for the weekly rents which she hud cof
lected on the .Saturday ulght, Mulliaa
Ihe ex policeman, was ihe one being sho
trusted, Bearch proved Unit tho old
miser hail disappointed tho hopes of hot
murderer, 'iho uionoy was afterwards
found carefully hidden uway. No clot
wus found tt, ihe murderer. The wholo
tragedy seemed wrapped iu iinpeno*
trnblo mystery. A reward of $1,501
was offered, nud the greed for money
lod Mullins to the scail'old. He cums
forward to claim the reward, Informing
tho police that the crime had bees
commuted by a friend of his, named
Emms. To tho latter's housq .Mullins
Und Iho police went, but uo clue was
found. Unable to resist tho glitter of
tho big reward, Mullins cried: "Yon
naveo'i half eearchedi look behind tbat
slab there," pointing to u large smno
iu the yard. Under il.e slab was lound
a parcel containing spoons belonging to
the murdered woman.    The panel wo*
lied wilh a piece of slloi iker's waxed
cord. Tlie eagerness of Mullins and his
indiscretion iu locating tne booty led to
his arrest along with Emms. The latter wus a shoemaker, aud Mullins, with
n Inr seeing cunning Unit failod lam in
the end, had deposited the parcel in
his neighbor's yard, aad to throw sn»
picloii on nu innocent man, had got possession by some means o, a piece of
waxed cord, with which to lie it, U*
wont lo tho scniroM protesting to the
lusl his innocence of the crime.
The mills of Hod ground slowly but
surely m Ihe ease of Eugone Arum, Uo
murdered Duniel Clarke, the hiystoij
ol whoscdisapnearunce was not at tht
time unraveled. Time pussed, uml tho
name of Clarke was forgotten, sine by
tho oldesi inhabitants. The lapse of
years brought a sense of securilv, if
not freedom from remorse, to the mnf-
derer. Excavations led to the uu oar thing of a skeleton which set the memories of the older Inhabitants logglaa
backwards to the fatal year of the dio-
uppoarance of Clarke.    An m mullet
if A ruin's, who, like Mullins, unwisely
..ired bis superior knowledge, stubbornly insisted that the skeleton wus uot
that of Clerke. To buck up his theories ngainst some of the inhabitants, ho
pointed   out   the   spot   where   another
skeleton had  b i  found,    The second
skeloron was unearthed, nad Eugona
Aram was placed on trial for his life.
Ile relied, like Crippea, on the diH-
eulty of identifying the remains, bnt
Ih inrt nud jury showed sound common sense by sending him to the scaffold.
Another crime immortalized in litora-
turo wus thc oiurder of bis young and
beautiful bride by John Scnnliui, u dnsh-
iug young ollicer of twenty the, of good
family, and a great favorite in tht
highest circles. Staying ovor at Dublin
on his way home to Limerick, iu  tht
days  of   the   rumbling   |   uncertaia
stage couch, ho fell in love wilh the
niece of » rope .maker (ominous tiudel)
name.I Ellon Conned}-. After the marriage Ihey went lo live at (llin, County
Limerick, Ireland, where, within a few
weeks after his marriage, Scanlou determined (o get rid of his beautiful wifo.
He selected as his accomplice u servant
man named Sullivan. Inviting his wife
for a row ou tbe broad waters of tho
River Shannon one quiet evening, he
did hod to deuth, and cast her body into
the water, Presuming on his standing as a "gentleman," he gave out that
his huinblv born wife hud turned out to
be of indiooront churncter. and hud gono
to America. How Crippon-like the storyl
'he lady's character was too wnB-
known, howover. and few believed thia
story. After a time her dend body waa
cast up on tho shore—mute witness
against her cruel husband, Like Crip,
pen, Scanlou had mutilated the body of
his victim so that it would be unrecognizable. Still the identity was established .,y n sensible jury of her country-
men. The euse was tried before llaroa
Smith, aad he. fearing the great family
interest of the licensed ordered Seaa-
Ion to be hanged forthwith. His titled
relatives were tumble to reach Duhlia
in time, and Scaub.n paid the death
penalty. Out of these gruesome materials Gerald flriffen wove his finest romance; Dion Knucieuult his fniuoue
"Colleen Hnwn," and Benedict's "Lily
of Killurney."
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NAKE HONE WRETCHED
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JK
When the Reindeer Ran Away
(By Izola Forrester)
H1
ELEN did not open tho telegram
ontil she had mado sure that
Chap was »ot watching her. The
Igor waited in tht dimly lighted
hallway, hit eap off. his round, boyish
fate alight with anticipation.
Back ia tht studio came Chap'* roll-
lag tones, a bit husky from the cold
ao had caught crossing tho ferry in the
storai, but still sweet and happy, with
last a suggestion of a lisp.   Chap was
Coud of that lisp. It marked an epoch
kit lift, whon, as ho had said, "a
Crfoetly good toof dropped out.'' They
d treated the event with tht distiuc-
_oa it deserved, he aud tbo girlish per
wa ke tailed "Muvver." They had acted quit* foolishly over it, wrapped it in
aiak cotton and sent it off in a tiny
jewelry-box as a present to tho father-
Cay way out West, with a lino to the
effect that Chap had made it all himself, aad it had taken bim six and a half
years to do it.
"ear-rail,  Drawers, ear-ralll   Car-rull
joyfullttl
Car-rull the good tidings, car-rull merri
lee I".
Somehow the tears rose quickly to
Helen's eyes as she listened, aud almost
Minded hor as she read tho message
from the father-boy. It wat brief aud
antt sadly to tht point.
"Traini blocked by itorm. Money »*
toon as 1 deliver goods at office iu New
Tor*.   Cheer up.   Merry Christmas.
That was all. And it was Christmas
■vt, and she had just stveattou coatt
•a ,u"10* -i.m ui,.
"is—is this message prepaid!' ant
Itoktd up at the boy auxiouBly.
"Yessum." He grinned a bit sheep-
Ithly ami handed her a littlo diugy card
with a verse printed ou it.
"Christmas is coming, turkeys are fat.
Pttase drop a nickel in your lessen
ger's hat."
In spite of ber trouble Helen smiled
tad nodded. Hack she went Boftly
through the short hallway and found
hor purse. Five cents of the seventeen
was laid in the messenger's palm aud
ha went away whistling softly.
Chap was curled up ou tho window-
teat. Out of doors horns were blowing,
halls were chiming, even the clang ol
the street car gongs sounded festive and
■ usical. Down-stairs ill the studio
below somebody was singing; it sounder
like the curly-haired old gentleman
Chap snid—like the way he would sing
if he could sing.
Helen laid the telegram on the mantel
tad tried to think clearly. Not that
Ue minded fur herself. So long as
Bob would not be with her, all thc
aioney iii the world could not make it a
■erry Ckristmns lor her. lie hud been
awuy two weeks, on a busiuess trip
West for the company. It was nut an
especinllv important trip, only that Bob
was the'latest num on the stair und, ns
tht chief hud told him before he start
td, "it was up to him to make good.
And she hod beon willing for him to
go, so willing, even though New \orli
was an untrnvelcd wilderness to her
and Christmas lay just ahead. They
bad conic Eost from n little manufacturing town in Ohio, where Bob had
keen editor of u trade journal. His work
had attracted attention iu Industrial
circles, for whilo it was not brilliant,
still it showod he hnd a good grasp on
things as thoy nro, with aa excellent
idea of how much better they might be.
go thoy had givcu up the position on
the trade journal, and their littlo homo,
and had come to New York. ,
"Let's not take an apartment,
Helen had suggested ."There's only
Chap and us, and wc can easily get
along with two or three rooms where I
can do light honee-keeping and we 11
save so much right in the beginning.
It hnd been pure fuu hunting for that
stndio apartment. They naif reached
tke eity In the morning, a clear, fine
November morning, when winter had
seemed monthB away. After threo
koars' search for a roasooable place to
live in, Helen had taken Chap and had
willingly rested iu the ladies' writing-
room of one of the big hotels, while the
father-boy went forth to find a neet.
Aad he had found one, such a pleasant,
Mi-furnished Biiito that Helen looked
tt him doubtfully when she saw it.
"Now doa't worry," Bob had told
ker, joyously, as he had turaed on tht
lights and tossed Chap over on the big
divan and lifted tho doubtful person
kodilv in his arms over to a most invit-
hsg green wicker chnlr. "Tho first
month's rent is psid and we're hert,
tnd you enn see all the way across tho
square oat of the front windows, and I
don't have any ear-fare to pay."
"I Ink it's pretty nice/' Chap had
said politely, that first night, aftor
Helen had prepared dinner on a two
knraer gas-plate, and they were eating
it picnic style on the front room mission table. "Where's the garden!"
Bah had pointed out nf the window.
Bight boforo them lay Washington
gsraar*, with tht Mtmtrial Arth ahaad,
and lieyuiul Fifth Avenue, Willi lib narrowing prospective of what Chap had
tailed "dower lights."
"That's our garden, honty-boy," Mid
Boh, and Chnp had been content.
Thert wert quitt a number of people
in the quiet, five-story building, but
Helta decided they were not neighborly,
for nobody ever tpoke to her, and nobody knocked at her door except Mn.
Dorrity, the stout, placid janitrett. But
Chap held a difftrtnt opinion. While
Helen was busy at her work, ho wonld
go around with Mrs. Dornty from
studio to stndio, as she mndt her cleaning np rounds. It was from him that
Helen found ont just who her ntighbort
wtre.
"There's a lady way np on tho top
tear with a typewriter, and she always
says hush to mt aad kisses me and
gives me tome salted almonds. Then
there's a man in the back room and
he'i tlwayt taking a bath, ao I haven't
seen him yet, but he calls out to me
every morning."
"What does he t»y»" asked Helen.
"Ht says, 'Hello, buddy, how's
things rtingt'   And 1 tell him they're
King pretty well.   Then in the rooms
c.k af us, muvver, there's two lovely
fiib*._ And they've got a fire tecape nil
xed np with Sowers, and a yawning
"Awning, sonny boy."
"Yawning. Aud they've-got a big
collie in there named Tan, and they've
got the front thing out of their grata,
uiuvvtr."
Chap had stopped there. Then waa a
grate in their apartment, also, but the
"front thing" was fastened iu, for the
radiator gave suflicient heat.
"They've got it open." Chap had
coutiuued, in a secretive way, "bo UK
can get in without a latchkey."
"lief" Helen opened her eyot wider,
Wat there a mystery in the quitt, conventional ttudio building!
"Santa Clauth, muvver," Chap kad
added, hit blue eyet full of anticipation.
"Kate, that't tht littlest girl, tayt ho
always coiues down their chimney."
Helen wat silent, and after a pause
Chap had suggested, "Don't you think
wt oughter taut out our grate, toof He
cat't get through hot-water pipeth, eau
hot"
Chap't voice roused her bow, at ke
spoke to her from tbe window-teat.
"Muvver, can I have your latch-key
juth for to-nightf I want to tie it on the
end of a thing aud let it dowa from the
window to the front door, tho he oan
get in,"
The buzzer at the hall door ttunded
again and Helta welcomed the interruption. It waa another uiesseuger-bof.
And tht ttlegram wat for Chap. Sht almost laughed as she read. It wat to
likt Bob to send it to him to save the
day. They loohed at it together, afttr
the messenger-boy had gone, sht kneeling beside him, with oue arm holding
him close to her. Chap's face was intensely scriouB, and well it might be,
for tbat telegram bore amazing tidings
from aa important personage.
"Reindeer have run away. Be at your
house as Boon aB 1 catch them,
"8. C,
"Do — do   you   know   what   that
mennthf" Chap's eves were wide anil
startled.    "Thut  nieunth  HIM!   'S.C
Santa Clauth!"
he   pleaded.   " 'Cause  she'th   expecting
"1 shouldn't wonder," said Helen
reverently. Chap took the telegram
from the table.
"I want to show it to Mrs. Dorrity,''
him, tuo."
He wus gone quite a long time. Helen
worked until her eyes felt tired, a little
smile on her lips. It wus splendid til
Hob to think of sending that message.
It explained the luck ot toys, the lack
of money, the luck of everything Christ
maty, When chap came up-stnlra,
sleepy.eyed, but munching ou a huge
square of pink pop-corn Unit Mrs. Dor
rity ha,l given bim, she undressed him
and put him to bed on the couch in thc
back room, .lust then the buzzer souud
ed in the hall, so unexpectedly that it
.startled her. She opened the door, hall
expecting to Bee another messenger-buy,
and dreading bim, for a second nickel
iia.l gone to the lust one. But the hull
was eiupt*-. The elevator was down ut
the first floor. But on the floor beside
her doorway, were several parcels. Won
deringly, lieleii gatliere.l them up und
went buck into the front studio, There
were three, all good-sized bundles, wrap
ped iu white paper and tied with holly
ribbon. To cncll was fastened a card,
and on them it read:
"I'm on the way.—Yours truly, S.C."
Helen thought. Who could have sent
themt It must be Mrs. Dorrity out of
her big kindlieartedness. who bud rum
inaged around and found some gifts for
Chop. But hefore she could think clearly the buzzer sounded again.
The miraele repented itself. The hall
was empty, silent. Yet ut her door
were a number of tissue-wrapped bun-
dies. And to each one a card. They
were all directed to '' Chap.'' One card
broke into verse:
The reindeer have gone and I 'in stranded fiat.
Please drop a nickel in Santa Claus'
hat.
ever it-
And there was a picture went with
it, a tiny sketch of the old gentleman
Eerchcd blithely on a snow-drift, with
is pack about him and the vanishing
horns of the runaways in the distance.
Helen studied it for a moment and took
a step toward Chap's bed. But at tho
archway between the rooms she paused.
He had wanted to hang up hia stocking
at the grate, and she had begged
him not to, knowing the disappointment thut awaited his faith. Vet ht
had hung it up, hung it on the doorknob of the wardrobe at the foot of
his bed, and the unfaltering trust shown
by that one lone, skinny, little black
stocking filled Helen's eyes with tears.
She went back to the table intending
to put tho smaller parcels in tbe stocking unopened, but again tha buster
sounded.
And ss she went toward the door a
bright idea came to her, Sho did aot
o|*on the door this time. Silently the
stood slose to it aad listened. It seemed several minutes before she caught
the sound of smotbertd laughter, then
semotbing went tkith against tht door
and she heard excited whispers. But
at the very first hum from the butzer
she opened the door. A tree fell toward
her, a short, broad, fragrant evergreen,
ita branches brushing the burlapped
walls, and there were many parcels at
Its base this time, bnt Helen stepped
by it into the hall, and faced—Santa
Glaus!
He was tall and ia hit shirt sleeves.
He backed away hastily.
"Caught red-handed, Barney boy!"
called a valce from the stairs, and the
door of the back studio apartment opened and two heads looked ont reproachfully.
"Oh, Barney!"
Barney looked confused and warm.
In the gloom of the apper stairway several facet looked dowa. He cleared hit
throat and stammered.
"Why, to tell the trath, Mrs.—er—
Mrs."    .
"Mother-of-Chap," Baraey took It up
happily. "W* are the resent party.
The reindeer ran away, you know, and
we—anyway, we went nfter them aad
we're just helping unload, that's all.
Can I help you in with the treet"
—"Can't we all helpf" asked a plaintive voica from the bark stulio, and be
fore Helen, the stranger, could catch her
breath, she found herself back in her
own apartment, with a circle of her
neighbors around her, ail whispering,
"Hushl"
Thev made her sit down oa the divan
aad give orders. Baraey and the man
from upstairs who took baths every
morning, set up the tree. Then the
girls trimmed it, draped gold and silver
ropes of glittering tissue over its dark
rich boughs, hung dangling ornamtntt
at every tip, tied chocolate dollt aad
strange candy animals and daszling angels all around.
Helen felt swept off her feet with the
suddenness of the change. When the
tree was trimmed to the satisfaction of all they raised' the windows and listened to the midnight
bells pealing out their tweet old-world
tidings to Manhattan. The tame Manhattan that had seemed to Helen so
lonely, so selfish, so far away in her
hour of trouble. And suddenly it came
to her, as she listened and looked at the
eager, happy faees around her, that
Christmas is not a thing of environment, of money, of locality. It is the
great gladsome spirit of good-will in
the henrts of men and women, the spirit
that breaks down the little barriera conventionality hedges us around about
with.
"I guess we'd better go so the kiddle
won't wake up," whispered Noll,
Kate's sister, as she put her arm around
Helen and shook her hand. "Now, you
cheer up, lady mother, and go to bed.
I only wish we could see his eyes when
be wnkes up. Make him stay in bed till
you light up the candles."
ly. There waB ample excuse, he considered, for even a grown-up mother to
cry. It isn't every Christmas the reindeer run away.
CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS EM
ITALY
(By Lucretia M. Davidson)
AN Italian Christmas ia a very different thing from the Christmas
of Canada. They have a proverb
in Italy, "Christmas where you like,
New-Year with your family,'' which,
perhaps, expresses their idea of the importance of the day as well as any
lengthy description. Yet their own
customs are very interesting.
To begin with, there is the Presipio,
the Ceppo, and the Christmas dinner.
The Presipio, as almost tvery one
knowe, li the representation of the
manger—a custom which is said to have
originated with St. Francit of Assisi
ii. 1223. Ooing from Rome to Bieti
about Christmastime, the saint halted
in a wood, and in a grottto erected an
altar representing at its base tht scene
of the manger with a heap of hay, a
figure of the Bambino carved from olive
wood, a canvas for background painted with figures of animals. Tht peasants
of the neighborhood soon gathered
around these outward and visible signs
of the birth of tbe Saviour which, perhaps, increased even more the devout*
nesB of their worship. The shepherds
of the vicinity enme also, their bag-
pipea in hand, and worshipped at the
manger, incidentally increasing the realism of the representation.
Later the Lord of Valei.ta of the
near-by castello, who had lent the saint
the hay and the image, had a vision of
St. Francis caressing the olive-wood
Bambino, and erected on the spot the
first l'resipio, a chapel in memoriam.
The Bambino, tho image of the Holy
Child as we know it to-day, is said to
have been carved by a Franciscan monk
in the seventeenth century out of wood
taken from the Mount of Olives. The
ship thnt brought it from Palostiue was
In nearly all of the Florentine
churches the Presipio is a most important feature at Christmas. The Italian
"Ceppo" is the substitute for the Yule-
log of England aud tho Christmas tree
of Oerraauy aud America. In the north
of Italy it is really a log, whose burning is watched by the family with interest, but in Tuscany it cousits of three
sticks arranged somewhat like an artist 'b camp easel. Three others are placed in a position to hold a net of paper.
The whole thing is trimmed with ruffles
of paper and gilded nuts, while on the
net are placed tbe little presents, usually consisting of figs, nuts and raisins.
As to the Christmas dinner, instead of
a turkey mauy Italians have a capon.
Often theae fowls are kept in a cellar,
or a room, and fattened for weeks beforehand, and are usually cooked in thc
form of a stew, with a sauce of olive-
oil, anchovies, capers, and sausage. In
Naples eels aleo are a feature of the
Christmas dinner.
If the Italians do not make merry
with our excitement tbey certainly
observe Christmas most religiously, the
midnight mass being one of tbe featnres
of an Italian Christmas. At ten o'eloeh
on Christmas eve tbe bells begin to ring,
nnd the function that follows in the
churches it called "The MyBtery."
Sometimes at midnight in the Dooino or
the S.S. Annnnziata (Florence) a Bambino springs to life on the altar, and
when tbe bells announce the gliui tidings of the birth of the Saviour there
is a wondrous blaze of light from numerous candles.
Church over, another custom ln Florence is for the people to flock to the
Ponte Veechio and do justice to the na
tional schiacciata hot from the oven of
its famous baker; it is eut into thick
slices well sprinkled with sugar, and
is strvtd to tht purchaser at seven
centimes a slice.
I WONDER WHICH CHIMNEY IT IS?
Helen promised faithfully that she
would, and thanked them over aud over
until Barney snid his ears were turning
as red as his hair from embarrasinent.
And when it was over and alio stood
alone again in the studio, she knelt at
the wiudow and eried softly over their
kindness.
But it was Chap who wakened hor
Christinas morning. She felt hia warm
hand on her cheek, as he knelt beside
her in his flannel pajamas.
"Say, muvver,,f*he   said  excitedly,
HE'S been here."
She slipped on a kimono and went out
in the studio. It was still dark. And
while she hunted for a match, there
camo the familiar click of a key in the
outer lock and the sound of Bob's trend
in tbe hail. In a moment she was infolded close in his arms, with Chap
daaeing madly around.
"Dear, I couldn't get in a minute
sooner," Bob was saying, as he kissed
her snd pntted her long brown hair,
"Tbe train was snowed in this side of
Altooiiii. Don't you eare, Chap, old
man, the reindeer have run away, but
we'll eatch tbem to-morrow sure."
"They're caught," cried Chap, frantically. "He's boon here, dad. Can't
you see ht hast"
As the light flared up, Bob stood and
looked at the tree, Helen wat lighting
tht little gaily-colored candles one by
one, and each bit nf gold and silver tinsel caught the gleam. Chap put his
hands where hit pockets skould havt
been aad stared with a great, marveling satisfaction at the whole proceeding.
"I knew he'd come," he taid.
"Oneth somebody taught the reindeer
aU right, dad."
"Guess he did, buddy," said Bob sol-
tmaly.
'' I hope he went to everybody in the
building,"   added   Chap   thoughtfully.
'Cause I showed them all the tele-
wrecked at Leghorn, but tho image was
miraculously preserved and brought to
the Church of tbe Ara Coeli iu 1047,
where it has been kept ever since. It
is greatly venerated iu Koine aud fre
queutly carried to the sick for their
consolation. The figure is robed in Bilk
and diamonds, nnd formerly had a carriage of its own, given by Prince Tor-
Ionia, to convey it to the sick. Tho
blessing given with the Bambino from
the hend of the high marble steps of the
Ara Coeli at Christinas time is a great
event.
During the whole of the festive ees
sun the Bambino figures in a famous
crib of the church that stands on tbs
Capitoline Hill; and throughout the
octave of the feast of children of tender
years recite poems or preach little sermons ou u platform iu front of it. The
infant preachers, whose ages range from
four to ten years, go through their task
one after another, without tbe slightest
embarrassment, emphasizing their words
with graceful gestures. In ordinary
times tht olive-wood image is showa to
visitors in a small chapel near tbe vestry by tht sacristan.
Since the beginning of tht seventeenth century the l'resipio bas been
in Roman Catholic churches all over
the world.
All during Christmas week many shop
windows, especially those in Florence,
display the Presipio in paper or composed of tbe same materials as those
used by St. Francis. In early times artists of high renown occupied them-
telvtt with tht eenttruetlon of the Presipio, making tke little figures of men
and animals Out ot terracotta and sometimes inventing machinery for the arrangement ot clouds and angels. Today
these figures are sometimes to be found
iu tht thops of anitquariaas and command high prices.
The Presipio has also engagod thc
brushes of great painters, anil we have
the enbjeet treated  by  Fra  Angelica.
gram, ao they'd be turt and know the j Lorenzo Credi, Mnrillo, Ohirlandajo,
reason why he couldn't tome." Mnratti. Miebnelangelo. Perugino, Van
Helen and Boh looked bleakly at each Dyrk, etc. Lnra della Robbia, too,
other. That telegram, betraying the found in it inspiration for his genius,
condition of their exchequer, had gone ! In Milan, in the fifteenth century, the
the rounda of the studios, as a plausible ditenl family of Vlsconti established the
excuse of why Santa Claus was delayed, custom of having a Presipio in tbe pal
Chap glanced over his shoulder and j ace for the children, a fashion fob
wondered why his father had suddenly lowed by Catherine de Medici, who
gathered "muvver" np into hie arms had her'own esoeeial one erected iu
aod seated himself in the green rocking- the Riccardi Palace, The wife of Cos-
chair, jnst as If she had been a little lino I. followed also their example, and
girl, all cuddled up in her pink kimono. I her famous  l'resipio in the Pitti Oul-
But (.Imp wns a perfect gentleman, j lery was the ivork of Itnontolenti, the
and he said nothing to interrupt them, celebrated arehitoct, then not fifteeu
not even when he heard her crying soft-  years of age.
THE SENSIBLE CHRISTMAS GIFT
(By Sophie Kerr Underwood)
THE question that has always puttied
me when I hnve heard people ardently discussing the subject of
the sensible I hristmus present is this:
Whnt is, really, a sensible Christmas
present? One good soul will tell you
that it is anything which is truly use-
full such us a dozen tcu-towcls, a box of
soap, n dust-cup, a cook-book, a gingham apron, a patent can-opener. But,
somehow, I cun not happily put the
Christinas giver so summarily into the
Martini class.
Then there arc good folks with floppy
(lowers in their huts nnd floppy sentiments in llieir heads, who sny riiupsodi
cully thut ouo should give only the
bountiful, the esthetic, to bo truly sen
bio: "(live the poor factory girl a
lovely rose," Ihey cry. "Give your
cook an exquisite French print to wean
her miud away from the sordiilness ot
her work; give the little bid who sells
you your pnper a bountifully bound
book; givo only bounty—beauty."
Of course, that's all very well, but 1
don't want to give my cook an exquisite French print because she'd be
furious und leave, and I would iiiurli
miller have helpful hints as to what to
ive my best friends, Alice and Mary,
and my cousins nnd my mints, than sag
gestions for the boy who sells papers
and the factory girls. I know very few
newsboys and factory girls, not because
I am snobb'sh, but because I have never
had the ehnnen to meet them.
Some one else tells me "Give what
you yourself want." but that's a poor
rule.   For instance, I would love to have
French edition of Bernnger and uu
armful oi the poems and plays and
stories of the modem Irish writers, but
whnt would it avail If I givo these to
Aunt .lulia, who rends nothing but
lives of the snintsf And cun I give to
Louise, who wenrs only mannish frocks
—because they nre most becoming to
her—the frilly jabots which 1 dote tip
on, but which make her look dowdy f
Nay, nny, I must seek fresh advice.
It seems ns though there must be
some people somewhere, who know how
to choose Christmas gifts sensibly. Yet
oneh year I hear post-holiday wails
about the quantity of useless trash,
more iliist-eatrhors, which has been ex
changed under the guise of loving
Christmas greetings, and to the great
fatigue of tho postman. I havt seen
my own mother, gentle soul that she is.
look with undisguised wrath on a ensh
ion-cover reeking with raw color and
garnished with screaming cord and
tassels, and wender how in the world
any one could dure to buy the thing,
much less tie It np in a holly box and
send it to her with "Merry Christmas"
written on thc donor's enrd. And I
hnve heard a plenty of things like this:
"Of course. I shall never uses it, it's
quite impossible, but I ean give It away
next year." And "Thnt makes nine pincushions this yenr. I, who live in a ball
room in a boarding house, have so much
need of pinenshions." And "I am
perfectly certain thut Is the centre piece
Mrs, Smith gnvc Mrs, Jones Inst year—
and now Mrs. Jones sends it to me."
And "That's a perfectly beautiful veil
case, of course, hut I never wear veils,
tnd she knows it." And so on, and
so on, and so on—vou could each of you
fnrniah a posy of such sayings, I am
sure.
Perforce I must turn to my own gifts.
Here is the most prized one'thnt I ever
received. It is a sqnnre of perforated
cardboard with a flower neatly sewed
into it with bright yellow worsted. It
was made nt kindergarten by my own
little nephew, my godchild, and he
brought it home nnd announced to his
mother that it woe for me. It certainly isn't beautiful nnd it certainly isn't
nseful. bnt I don't eare, it is a sensible
gift, and I'll maintain it so against ail
the law and the prophets.
Don't you understand, those little
chubby hands toiled patiently nt it,
working the tedious thread back and
forth until the thing was done, and was,
in his eyes, a very bcantifnl and wonderful piece of handiwork. And then—
why, he wanted to give it to mc, and so
It is the gift of a dear, loving little
hild, and wholly priceless.
And here is a gift which is not sensible. It is a very handsome bowl of
Hen a res brass snd it was sent to mt by
Emily, who visited me last summer and
was uot a pleasant guest. She roqnired
a great deal of attention nnd entertainment and she told me that she made
better mayonnaise thnn 1 did and thnt
1 looked my nge. Both of which statements I know to be utterly untrue. Well,
I think, if she didn't want to be nice
when she was staying with me, 1 would
much rather not huve an expensive gift
from her. I don't think it expresses
honestly her feeling for me. I would
much rather have a pleasant mttsoa/
of Emily's visit and a little Christmas
card than* to think of ber unpleasantly
aud be perpetually reminded of her by
this truly lovely gift. I shall take no
pleasure from the bowl. I insist that it
wasn't sensible of her to give it.
Another Instance: Two Christmatee
ago I received a big box of eandy from
a very nice man.   Now I never eat ean*
dy, for it makes me very sick, but I
knew that he didn't know it. Aad I
could see exactly the workings of kit
perfectly masculine "mind. He aaid to
himself, "I'd like to give her seme-
thing, Let's see, flowers, books, eandy,
I eau't send her flowers, for she'll be
away down in the country and they'd
be ruined* when they got there. Thert'l
no use getting books for her, for she'l
bo fussy about books and I'd never be
sure that she really liked thom. Bat
eandy—every womun likes candy—I'D
seud her a lot of it." And se Christinas morning when 1 looked at a meet
lovely box of sweets nud at the peatiltd
sard that came with it, I liked them
both very much and I think it wa* a
perfectly sensible present.
Now as I go on, it is beginning te be
borne in ou me thut a sensible prtstnt il
a present yon want to give and tat
which you honestly think will be appreciated, Tne oh anything will do for hei
present is not sensible. Better a two-
cent card that you really want to send
thnn a golden platter and a feeling that
yon had to give something handsome.
When I see the groups of scrambling
women battling about tbe bargain*
counters at Christmas-time, I always
feel that there lies a good part of tht
general dissatisfaction with Christmas
giving. Going home on the ears, I hear:
"Well, I've got all my relatives' presents purchased, thank heaven, and tomorrow I start in on Jim's. I think
grandma will like that scarf, don't yea,
even If she never does wear anything
bnt blackf Of course, it's pink, hut it't
a lovely pink, and it was only ninety
cents marked down from a dollar and a
half, and 1 waB so tired looking around
1 thought I might as well get it and
have that oil my mind." "Well, poor
grandma," thinks I!
"Uut you aren't being helpful at
nil," somebody complaint, "It's all
very well to talk about other people net
being nblo to choose sensible gifts, bat
I notice yon haven't made u single
suggestion that will help a tired and bewildered Christmas shopper with a list
us long us her arm,"
All right—listen. Here's the way I
look at the sensible present. First off,
curds for everybody you jnst want te
say Merry Christmas to, and buy them
early because you have bo much better
liuiiee to get pretty ones; silk stock-
ngB and really lino handkerchiefs fo»
gills, for no girl ever had enough tf
either; bucks thut you absolutely knew
he wants, for a mail; money fur servants, but put it in a pretty envelope,
and ask each member of your family for
a list of the things he or she wants and
stick to that list: and nothing, no, net
so much as n Cliristmns post-curd, te
any one unless it is sent with hearty
goodwill.
Please remember, except for this laat
clause, I do not set up to be authority
on the subject of sensible presents. I
am seeking light on the subject earnestly nnd humbly. I have merely made
thia plan for myself because I am tee
busy a woman to fashion gifts with my
own fingers, and my time is so closely
occupied that I can not afford to waste
it. in aimless shopping through over-full
shops. And when I sny that I wrap up
and address—uud sometimes put the
stamps oh—each gift ns soon as I buy
it and everything is always ready at
least three days before Christmas, you'll
probably think I haven't much holiday
sentiment. But I can't help that. I've
had to work out my plnu of Christmas
giving to suit my own timo nnd strength
and this is what I would urge every we-
innn who values her peace of mind to do.
The sensible Christmas gift must be
sensibly selected nnd sensibly given. It
isn 't a gift of policy or obligation, but
of affection. It tnxetli not unduly the
purse, the time or the eyesight of the
giver, nor the taste aud patience of the
recipient. It mny be beautiful or useful, both or neither. It brings its welcome with it. It is not laid away aad
passed on to some one else next year,
it says "Merry Christmas" to you sincerely, because it can truly make your
Christmas merry with kind thoughts
and loving memories. Ob. denr, all this
sounds so nice! Why doesn't some good
fairy give us a mngie wand so that, as
we choose our gifts, we might bt ture
to understand which are the truly sen
sible and which are the utterly foolish
aud vain.
THE CHRISTMAS PLUM-PUDDING
(Hy Emma Richards)
CHRISTMAS without plum pudding
would seem like the play of Haas-
let with "Hamlet left oul," aad
while you cau buy u fairly good padding in a tin can, the homemade article
gives far more satisfaction and a larg
er quantity for the samo expenditure.
A young Knglish friend gava mt his
mother's rule sume years ago, aad I
huve used it year after year with real
pleasure, and us it lasts my family antl
of the winter, I think it an eroaemical
dish. It will require one pound tf beef
suet, one pound of currants, one pound
of Sultana raisins, oue pound of raised
peel (lemon, orange and citroa), one
pound of flour, two ounces of sweet
almonds (chopped fine), one half tea-
spoonful of mixed spice, one half a nutmeg, one pound of sugar, one small tea
spoonful of salt, tbe sind and jaiee el
two lemons, three soda crackers rolled
line, six eggs nnd one fourth of a tea*
cnpfnl of syrup. Thoroughly mix when
dry, tnen wet with egg and syrup, and
water enough to make very stiff, then
let stand over night. Iu tbe moreing
put iii bowls, and cover with eletha,
thru put in a kettlo of boiling water.
Boil it for eight hours. Wheu wanted
for nse, boil again or steam until thoroughly heated through. Serve with
either hard or soft sauce or cream. As
I own ii large steamer, I usually stents
my pudding instead of belling it, aad
I like it better that way. —  ■'/-——
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