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THE
CHRONICLE
Vol. I.
Ladysmith, B. C, Wednesday, December 23, 1905.
No. 38.
OldCouncif Will Finish TheirWork Has a Cean Bill of Health
Tk—j wcre present at the council I
i % Monday efening, Mayor.'
I . Ison and Aid. Roberts, Mathe-
s. 'town, Haworth and Campbell.
... i minutes of the last meeting
Were read and approved.
-Dr. Fi'ost tendered his resignation
as city medical health officer, assign,
ing as his reason the demand on,his
time as doctor for the colliery company.
The doctor will be asked to consider his resignation, under new arrangements.
Dr. Fagan wrote asking for the
health report for the year.
This will be forwarded in due
course.
Dr. Blombergcr notified the council
that the last patient had been discharged from the isolation hospital
and ottering certain suggestions as to
thc disposition of the bui! i'.g and effects.
On motion it was decided to properly disinfect thc contents and board
up thc building.
Dr. Frost presented tbe following
health report for the year:
MeasloB  327
Whooping Cough;    77
Smallpox    84
Scailet Fever.. ...    I*
Chicken-pox      •
Erysipelas	
Typhoid Favor ,  	
Tuberculosis      2
Accounts amounting to •219.95,
were presented, and referred to thc
finance committee, to be paid if found
correct.
Dr. Dier, on behalf of the Citizens'
League, asked permission- to address
the council.
On motion, thc privilege was granted, and Dr. Dier stated that he desired to place before the council a resolution adopted at the last meeting
of the league, requesting the present
council to stand for another year. Id
doing so, Dr. Dier promised ;them individually and collectively! the- support of thc league. The speaker eulogized thc council for the able manner In which the business of the city
had been handled anil in closing, instanced the progressive spirit manifest in thc passing of the two byi-
laws. • He believed that the welfare
ot thc city demanded the presence of
the same men at the council bond
next year. Their.experience was a
xhluable asset to the city at tho present time, and he hoped to have their
answer before the next meeting ot tho
League.
His Worship in reply said he and
tho council felt highly flattered at the
message of good will from the
League. The council as a body! had
tried to do the best (or the city ..and
if again elected they would continue
in the same course. It sometimes
happened that they were not able to
carry out all they desired, but they
did thc Jest they could under the circumstances. If there had been any
errors they had not 'been intentional,
several important matters could not
bo dealt with this) year on account of
emergencies over which the council
had no control having come up. If
the majority of the aldermen Were
prepared to stand, he would also, go
to the poll', although it would affect
his other private interests to do so.
He would like to see one or 'both bylaws carried through thc coming year.
Aid. Campbell thanked the League
for the expressions of good will. K
the majority. of the council would
stand he would. Perhaps it would bf
better for the old council to go back
like Sir Wilfrid Laurier to "finish
the work."
Aid. Matheson stated that he had
contemplated dropping out this year,
and if some one in his ward would
stand in his place he would support
him.
Aid. Brown said that the Citizeni
League having made the request lj
could only comply, and he tihoi
the whole council should , .stani
Aid. Haworth was not sure if he
could stand. He might be absent
the greater part of the year.
Aid. Roberts felt that as the majority of the old members were going:
to stand for another term, he would
also consent. He would do the best
he could for the city.
Dr. Dier here asked Aid., Matheson
for a definite answer to carry bock to
the league.
Aid. Matheson stated that inasmuch as the majority bad decided to
run again, he would also consent to
follow up thc work for another
year. In the course of a short speech
Aid. Matheson drew attention to. the I
good work of the Citizens' Lergue. [
It was a pity, he said, that there
was not;greater interest taken in,its
deliberations. It had been of great
assistance to the council, and would
be of still greater benefit to the citizens Would they attend its meetings
and take part in the discussions.
An official reply will be sent to the
league on the lines a'bove indicated.
Dr. Dier said he would like to see
a greater attendance at the League
meetings, and he assured thekcouncll
thai theyi would have the support of
the league in all progressive measures.
Incidentally the mayor remarked
that the council would not have everything so . easy ner4 year. One
thing would have U ...; done and that
was to raise the assessment. The
council would have to get more
money. '.   .a.
The council then adjourned.
have to take a' firm, stand in the mat-
°"'"~ """ ~rr~ ' "     ""/_~Jt.",,>ftcr of curtailing expenses.
in   doing so spread repprts    wottST "
were disastrous to the business interests of the city. There was undoubtedly a selfish motive in this,
but in this season ot good will per-,
hap* it would be just as well to consign that grievance into the vast
oecan of forgetfulness. It is sufficient
for lhe present, that the trouble is
over and that there is little to be
feared so far as the city is concerned in the future. Yet eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, andrine
people will do well to be on the
watch-outT Every seaport town 'at
some time or other in the course of
its existence has ,to pay the penalty
bf its geographical situation with, a
visitation of   smallpox, and it was
would prove an exception to the rule.'
' The payment of the bills will press
hard on the taxpayers, but if the experience gained results in greater precautions against epidemics of the
character in the future it will not
have been bought too dearly.
A great, deal of credit is due Dr.
Frost, the city medical health offices,
aid/his associate, Dr. Williams, for
the energy they displayed in stamn-
ienced by those gentlemen, and that
Ladysmith escaped so lightly to both
is in a great measure due the credit,
Ladysmith has how a clean bill ol ] ing out the disease.   To very few wa$
health.   The last patient has left tbid jknown thc anxiety and work exper-
isolatton hospital, and that' institution has be?u closed up, it is ta~tfe,
hoped for many years to come.   As
is usual in the occasion of epidemics
of this kind, the situation, so far as
Ladysmith was concerned, was great--
ly exaggerated.   Not1 but what   tin
precautions taken were necessary,: bui
some who apparently had afi ^interest ,
The forthcoming year will be one 0t
economy so far. as the city council
is,,concerned. As tho mayor remarked   Monday   night, the council will
The tenders for the opera house have,
been opened by,the I. 0. 0. F. committee who had the matter in hand.
The committee refuses to make an
official announcement until the matter is reported to the lodge for confirmation, but:it:was reported on tho
•treet to-day that Aid. Geo. Haworth
was the successful tenderer. The
furniture of thc opera house is the
property of Mayor Nicholson, and it
is understood his worship will build
liJiew opera house early in .the year.
HeTias had the matter in contemplation for some1 time, and the site was
secured several months arp.
It is officially announced that the
not to be expected that Ladysmith Grand Trunk Pacific Railway will en-
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gage in the coastwise carrying, trade
between Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Early in the coming year orders for two steel built ocean going
vessels will be placed with a firm in
the British Isles. The contract will
call for their completion in 1910.
The proposed steamers will incorpor.
ate the latest Improvements in ship.
building. They will have a maximum
speed of twenty-one knots on hour.
Canadian and Provincial News
The Hudson's Bay Company has declared a dividend of 15 shillings.
The trains are crowded these days
with holiday visitors to and from the
neighboring cities.
Ralph Smith, M. P., is on his way
back- to Nanaimo, but it is pot known
if he has a. portfolio secreted about
his person.
There will be two weddings in Ladysmith in January, the contracting
parties being well-known to all residents of this city.
It is stated in one of the papers
that the sale of the property now 'boV
ing cleared by the C. P. R. will take
place in February or March.
filled Sunda} night when the pastor,
Ke\> Mr. McMillan, preached on the
sdbjeet of "Christmas Glory." It wosl
an interesting sermon and appropri-.
ate for the season.
Ladysmith has the best .and cheapo
est material on Vancouver Island far
road-making. In an hour or two *f-
ter a heavy fall of rain there will, be
scarcely i a trace of mud where .the
road has been constructed ot this
gravel.
Miss Eva Kay and her sister, Mabel, and brother Harry, will spend
the Christmas holidays with thei* father Mr. Harry Kay. The Misses
Kay have been attending the convent
at Nanaimo and Master Kay has
been going to the hoys' school at
Duncan.
Some 200 choice cattle from Manitoba and the Northwest sold at the
East End,' Montreal, cattle market
last week ' at 4 to -6J. cents per
pound.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Jacobson left today for Chemainus, where they will
reside in future They nave meny
friends who will regret to learn of
their departure.
Attention is directed to the advertisement of Mr. E. Pannell in another column, in which he states' that
poison will be placed on Lot 34,
South Oyster district, on and after
December 26.
The Presbyterian Church was well
Things Talked of During the Week Around the City
The merchants unite in saying that
the Christmas trade this year has
been the most profitable in the history of Ladysmith. There has been
a greater demand for expensive
goods, and the sale of the usual
Christmas toys has been phenomenal.
So far as outward appearances go
(there has been very little disposition
on the part of citizens to buy goods
aWay from home. Experience has
taught the people that they can buy
to greater advantage at home. It is
doubtful if finer displays of holiday
goods could be found in any place the
size of Ladysmith on the continent
than have been shown here during
the past two or three weeks.
The migratory habits of the football player is rather an interesting
study. One day we hear of a player
held up as a man who will bring
credit and honor to his team and his
city, and the next day it is announced that he has gone over to the
enemy. It may be that football like
baseball has become a profession.
Indeed, hockey has been drifting in
that direction for some years. It is
announced in a up-country paper
that Lester Patrick, the celebrated
hockey player of Nelson, has joined
the Edmonton team to play for the
Stanley cup, and that immediately
on his return he will put a Nelson
team in shape to challenge for championship honors.
Those who witnessed the football
game at Nanaimo last Sunday between Ladysmith and the former city
pronounces it an excellent exhibition
match. The ground was very slippery, and as a result the new men
being tried put were not seen under
most favorable conditions.  The
game resulted in a draw, and so honors on that score are easy.
Dr. Lyman Abbot is a strong advocate of football as a developer of
manliness and courage. In a sermon to Yale students the other day
he said, among other things, "you
can't develop manly i courage without facing real perils and it is worth
all it costs if it is necesary in order
to get that courage." By "real
perils" he meant the perils of the
gridiron. Perhaps the learned
gentleman is right, but would it not
do to use a milder and less deadly
method to develop courage among
the college students? Would it not
do to put the young men to work in
a dynamite factory or a submarine
boat?
ing the performance and in other
ways making themselves objectionable.   The following from the Sum-
merland Review would  apply   to
many other cities:
" As the people of SuuiiumUiid am not just of the
Biatwood type, and as the offenders in this case are
chiefly youths, it it up to the latter to Iw more considerate of the feelinga of others, who nay like them-
■elves have paid for a seat at the show, and to lie more
eareful of the good name of our community, wiichin
this way has already suffered not a tittle by their
thoughtlessness. Any m in can tot like a boor in public,
but it it nothing to hie credit if he does to. No roan
eon afford not to be (gentleman at ill times and it is
certainly no mark of • gentleman to lie regardless of the
feelings and rights of others, the usages of ordinary
polite society and the good name of the place in which
one lives."
In appointing Mr. Thomas Taylor,
M. P. P., of Revelstoke, Minister of
Public Works, the Premier has
selected a man well qualified to fill
the new office. Mr. Tavlor has been
a member of the Legislature since
1900, and is well acquainted with
the requirements of the public. He
is held in high esteem by members
on both sides of the House, and no
doubt will efficiently perform the
duties of the new department.
In nearly every small town in British Columbia, complaints are made
from time to time of the bad be-
havio; of young men who attend performances at the houses of amusement It is not likely that Ladysmith audiences suffer more from
this nuisance than other cities, but
still it must be admitted that it is
sometimes very provoking to see
oung men smoking cigarettes dur-
Pearl Fleming, 8 years old, who
developed an abnormal appetite
through the habit of eating mud pies,
died in the Charity hospital at New
Orleans as the result of swallowing
nearly all the hair from her owp
head. The case puzzled the surgeons, who were unable to diagnose
the malady. It was observed that
her hair was disappearing, but no
trace of it could be found until an
autopsy was performed, when the
stomach was found to resemble a
cushion, the cavity being lined with
human hair.
Thechurches have arranged Christmas entertainments for the little
children and it is safe to say that
there will be few youngsters in
Ladysmith who will not And enjoyment in the holiday. This is as it
should be, for the thoughts of a
Christmas day enjoyably spent will
cling to the child in after years
and arouse sentimental reflections
that must be beneficial in a moral way.
In future years they will look back
with fond recollections to the Merry
Christmas days of their youth.
"Doc" Reynolds came down from
Nanaimo and spent a few hours in
Ladysmith last Saturday. "Doc" is
pattnculai'ly happy these days his
less than to columns of good live, ad*
less than 40 columns of bood Uve advertising.
The funeral of the late John Ifuir
was largely attended lost Sunday. Ia
addition to many old friends £nd acquaintances, the fraternal society, to
which be belonged turned j out to pay
thc last tribute ot respect to a man
who was held in high esteem. ,
The Couit of Revision met Monday evening and confirmed the voters' list. There were only two changes in the list, and these were sates, of one man being on toth lurttr,
and t|he other a woman whobad changed her name in marriage.     ,
There will be a Christmas entertainment in the Methodist Church
Christmas Eye. Doors will be opes
at 7 o'clock. There will be a programme rendered by the children, alter which Santa. Claus will distribute)
candy, etc. (lo and bear the children, and help them to have a good
time. A collection will be taken to
help to defray expenses.
A well-known citizen while reluming from his work the other night
ran up against a board fence, and
was heard to pray fervently that
the city would soon install the electric light plant. "This is the third
time," he said, "that this has occurred this month, and if something
is not done soon, in the way. ot kighty
ing the streets I will be crippled for
life."
The Christmas tree and concert at
the Convent at Nanaimo Monday was*
a phenomenal success. The children
were out resplendent in dress-and spirit. Hundreds of people were turned
away while, as it was, tbe hall was
crowded from wall to wall. The Nan
naimo Free Press says that the child!
ren of the convent, Inmates and day
students, all performed with sucj
jrreat success that those who had
them in training may feel considerable pride in the work which they
have accomplished.
Mr. Thos. Taylor, M. F. .£,, the
new minister of Public Works, was
born in London, Ont., in 1863 and
,here received his education. In 1199
he married Miss Oeorgte Larson, and
at one time held tbe position ot mu»
ing recorder. He has been a member of the legislature since 1100. He
was elected as a member for Revelstoke at the general elections ot (hat.
year, and again at the general elections ol IMS and 1(07. At tbe last
session ot the legislature acts were
0.3-icJ soi a-ating the portfolio ol
lands and works. The development
of the province had so Increased the
business of the department that the
chtngo was necessary. Hah. F. J.
Fulton iwfll be Chief Commlssloter ol
Lands aid Works. THE LADYSMITH CHRONICLE
Devoir Want a Home?
u""~"A" Houses Por Sals, iteo Parm Land
Fire, Life, Accident,
Marine and Plate Glass
Insurance.
Wills, Mortgages,
Leases and Agreements
of every kind prepared.
JOHN STEWART
Notary Public Conveyancer
LADYSMITH, B.C.
THE LADYSMITH CHRONICLE
*ubli»he« by Csrley ft Csrlsy st Ladjrsmlth. B. C. every Wednesday snd Saturday.
Advertising Rates en application.
Positively Handled With Care
1 beg to inform the residents of Ladysmith that il have taken over
thc express business from S. J. Clifford and I solicit for a share ot yaur
patronage. All transfers of. cargo, trunks of-any kind will be promptly
attended to and handled in a liusin.rss-like manner Ladies and gentlemen give tho new Ladysmith transfer Co. a trial and you will be perfectly satisfied. I also inform thc puihlic of Ladysmith that I will ac-
rept orders for wood, which will be delivered as guaranteed above. Call
round to S. J. Gilford's livery sta'.'le, on First avenue and leave your
erders of order same by Phbho No. 56. Absolutely the best and most reliable feed and sale stables in town. 1
Commercial Trade  a specialty.
M. G. O'BRIEN & CO.
PANTS! PANTS!
We have them.   Best worsted from $3.50 up to
$5.00
Guaranteed to Fit.
Beat that if you can.
G.  0.  ROSS,      PlrstAvenue
EDITORIAL COMMENT.
Before our next issue, Christmas-that day on which
the heart of the Christian pulsates with ineffable joy-
will have come and gone. Christmas is the happiest and
brightest day of all the year! Amid the shouts of innocent children, the ringing of church bells ajar with vibratory jov and the songs of rejoicing multitudes, we consign
our petty prejudices and personal differences to the broad
ocean of true Christian Catholicity. May this be the
most gladsome Christmas of our history. Let kindly interchange of friendly interest strengthen the bond of mutual love. Let every home-no matter how humble-be
brighter and every heart happier for its rising sun, and in
its serene setting may it leave us with a deeper devotion,
a purer patriotism and a more general "good-will" that
shall promote peace throughout the earth. And meanwhile let us not forget the Babe of Bethlehem. His influence is moving mightily on the world to-day. His
.power shall yet prevail over superstition arid infidelity,
and then the flowery vales and the vine-clad hills and the
blooming isles, like recovered Edens, and the happy continents from sea to sea shall sing, from shore to shore
shall ring, from the deepest depths shall cry, from the
highest1 heights reply, and thrill the enchanted sky with
the good news on earth and the glad tidings from heaAen
"that Christ Jesus came into the world."
Ring the joy-bells again, join the angels refrain,
• Hallelujah, hallelujah, peace,.good-will to men."
The, campaign started by The Ladysmith Chronicle for
citizens to purchase their holiday presents, in fact everything, at home, has been taken up by several of the in-
thrir papers, and apparently^jwith satisfactory results.
The Kamloops Sentinel, while admitting that there may
be some excuse for those who reside in places where the
local stores' are so poorly equipped as tq make anything
out of the everyday purchase impossible, sending away to
the eastern departmental stores for what they require,
there is little or no reason for residents of that city doing
so, and the same argument holds good in Ladysmith. Local
merchants carry large s',ocks and while the prices asked
for goods may be in the main higherthan those prevailing in the east, this is compensated for by the higher
wages received by. the bulk of consumers. By sending
large sums of monfey away> buyers defeat, the efforts of
local merchants to cut prices! down. The larger the volume of business down the less will be the proportionate
expense of conducting it and prices will be adjusted accordingly. l£V.a grave mistake, therefore, to send
away, even to a neighboring town, for goods tnat
may be bought aV home; Home industries should be encouraged, for it ft'by fostering them thaj; a prosperous
community is built up. If every consumer sent away for
all his purchases there would soon be no local stores and
consequently no local capital to invest in developing local
resources, because the eastern and outside stores would
have it all. The proper course is to' buy at home, and
thus help to build up the town.
ii ii
The New Year's
Choicest Products
will be found at our store in everything that
embraces table delicacies, fancy and staple
groceries and provisions of all kinds to serve
the tables of the most fastidious in Ladysmith.
The coming year will be one of satisfaction and
economical buying if you procure your groceries and provisions from Gear's.
GEAR'S IDEAL GROCERY
Scott's Building, First Avenue.
1 ♦♦♦♦♦♦^♦♦♦^♦♦♦^♦♦♦♦^^^♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦•♦♦♦♦♦i i
Order Your Christmas Turkey
NOW IS THE TIME TO LEAVE ORDERS FOR CHRISTMAS
TURKEY, OBESE, DUCKS OR CHICKENS. WE WILL HAVE
LARGE AND SMALL TURKEY8, SO WE CAN GIVE YOU ANY
SIZE TURKEY YOU WANT. ALSO A FULL LINE OF FRESH
AND SALT MEATS, AND SAUSAGE, TRIPE, PIGS' EEET, HOME
CURED HAMS, PICKLED LAMB TONGUES, CORNED BEEF AND/
CABBAGE, HOME-RENDERED LARD.
J. A. Ryan, Butcher
Box 173
Phone 43
For Meats
OF ALL KINDS, SAUSAGE A
SPECIALTY, LEAVE ORDERS
AT
Geo. Roberts'
Meat Market
. i
Cot. First Ave. and Roberta Street:
LADYSMITH.
The Victoria Colonist says "bright sunshine, the air
balmy and exhilarating, a cloudless sky, a gentle northern
breeze bearing just the slightest suggestion of the presence of winter in adjacent territory, groups of bareheaded children romping in glee on the streets and in the
open spaces of the city, the grass on the lawns as green
as in midsummer—these were characteristics of conditions in Victoria yesterday, the 19th of December." Is
this another sneer at Vancouver ?
Nanaimo will have a three-cornered mayoralty fight,
and the candidates will be: Ex-Mayor Quennell, Aid. Geo.
Barlow and ex-Aid. Hodgson. As yet there has been
little interest taken in the Ladysmith Mayoralty contest
outside of the endorsation of the present mayor and council by the Citizens' League. As will be seen by the
report of the council proceedings, the present mayor and
a majority of the aldermen will again stand for election.
When Longboat, the celebrated Indian runner, returned to Toronto after defeating Dorando, several ladies
at the depot tried to kiss him, but were prevented by the
bystanders. It is not stated which gave the greater
offense to Longboat—the women who tried to kiss him
or the jealously inclined men who prevented the oscula-
tory exercises.
Germany will build air-ships that will carry explosives.
For a country that professes to be peaceful in its inclinations, Germany is certainly expending a good deal of
money on what might be regarded by other nations as
hostile preparations.
Mr; C. H; Barker of Nanaimo, will, contest thatyistrict
in, the Liberal interest in the forthcoming bye^election
against Mr. J. H. Hawthornthwaite. It is understood
that the Conservatives will not put a man in the field.
'This is the season of the year when we should love our
enemies, but suroly we cannot be expected to fall down
and worship the Nanaimo football team.
VICTORIA BUSINESS COLLEGE
tnEIHMENT ST1EET. VICTCRIA.
Complete Commercial Course—Isaao
Pitman Shorthand, Bookkeeping
Touch Typewriting, Commercial Correspondence, Penmanship.
Six Months Course, $6u-$10 per
month.
High School and Matriculation subjects also by correspondence.
For further- particulars write Mr.
W. W. Suttil, Certificated Shorthand
Teacher, Government Certificate, etc.
Arrangements made for boarders
with supervision of Home Lessons. •
Wood for Sale.
Splendid mill wood tor sale at
Ladysmith Lumber, yard, at a low
price.   Apply to
P. INKSTER.
LADYSMITH   MARKET
E. Pannell
DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF
Meats and Vegetables
P.O. BoxM.
IUIHITI
'Phone 44.
S. J. GIFFORD
Livery, Peed and Sale
Stables
EXPRESS WORK ft SPECIALTY
WOOD FOR SALE
First Avsnue.
Phone 56.
Fall Clearing
In order to clear off this
summer's stock of Wall Paper I will dispose of this sea
son's patterns at a greatly
reduced rate.
Ladysmith
Transfer
Stables
Light and heavy teaming.
Furniture and piano moving
a specialty.
Nicholson & Weaving
PROPRIETORS
Telephone 1.
Fall
Woollens
We have received our Fall
Woollens and can make you
up a Suit on shortest notice.
D. J. Matheson
Wagons
I Sell T.I. Trippl Co's
Ciliirited Winn
During the season we hsve sold e line
of wagons, Implements and lotting trucks.
Everything carries a guarantee.
R. WRIGHT
lillir Stmt
James Duncan
TAILOR
Suits cleaned" and pressed.
Alterations made.
Charges moderate.
kHfltl SIHEI UI.IIIITI
Picture
framimg
;ii!   '!'■"
If you require anything done in
this line ftir. Christmas please see oun
New Mouldings and get cost of any
lized frame made up to suit your requirement's. .
S. ROEDDING
High Street.
I.   E.  SMITH,    Marti Stmt
POR SALE-3 Lights Vapor Gasoline Lighting System. Perfect condition.   Hooper, Ladysmith.
A. Maxwell Muir, C. E.
Architect
i 1208 Government Street THE LADYSMITH CHRONICLE
Fatal  Ending  of Durrett's  Last  Scoop
n —
"I guess I will have to let Durrett
go," said Haines, the managing editor, looking up from his desk on
which lay a litter of contributions
from aspiring authors. "This' sort
oi thing of getting drunk on duty and
falling down on important stories,
such as that Castncr robbery last
night, must bo stopped."
The city editor, a cold, unf< elms
person who smoked a pipe and swore
volubly, to whom the above remarks
were addressed, merely bowed his
head in assent.
"What seems to be the trouble with
the, boy, Fenton?" continued the chid
as he drew thc point of a blue pencil
through a portion of the copy before
him. When ho first started on the
Sphere two years ago he did first-
rate; in fact, I began to regard him
as the star man on the paper. Now,
in the last two or three months he
has gone completely off his handle."
"Don't know, sir," said the city
editor. His next remark showed that
he hid a kindly heart beneath a forbidding bru.fc-barred (shirt, "(Maybe
if you give him a talking to, he'll
brace up."
"No," was the reply. "He's had
too many chances to reform as it is.
Take him oft the run at once and put
McElhonny, the sub, on police."
The chief a: am bent to his work of
whipping a ifeature 'into shape for the
Sunday paper, and Fenton silently
took his leave. He entered his own
sanctum, which looked into the mg,
bare reporters' room, seated himself
at his desk and slowly filled <a much-
used pipe. The assignment book lay
open before him. The day's work
had already 'been mapped out, and alter each man's name was written in
Fcnton's characteristic scrawl what
he would bo required to look after.
Fenton ran his eyes down the page
until it reached the line:
"Durrett—Police.    Fires.   .Coron-
. it
The city editor erased the name of
Durrett and wrote in its stead the
name of the sub man, McElhonny.
He penned a few lines on a slip oi
paper which he placed in an envelope
and left on Durrett's desk. He then
knocked the ashes out of his pipe,
donned his long yellow mackintosh,
(it was raining dismally outside),
and departed.
As the afternoon wore on, the
"boys" dropped in to the office,
checked off their assignments, and
strayed out to their respective
"runs." It was past five o'clock
when Durrett appeared. The traces
ot last night's dissipation still,showed in his blood shot eyes and the
hectic flush on his otherwise pale and
drawn features. He first walked to
the city editor's desk, and, with a
stub of a pencil between his tobacco-
stained fingers, prepared to make the
customary check opposite his name
on tbe assignment 'book. He stared
involuntarily as he noticed the
change that Fenton had made.
"Well," he muttered. "I guess it's
come at last."
As he approached his desk in the
corner the note caught bis eye; he
qqickly tore open the envelope and
scanned the contents. It was evidently what he had anticipated, for
no signs ot surdrise were exhibited.
Calmly seating himself, he gazed
thoughtfully about the room, every
nook and corner of which had stamped itself on his brain never to be
forgotten. Here in this little corner, he had pounded out many a thrill-1
ing story of murder, suicide, robbery
and the lake, on his battered old
Remington. The strange objects
which were pasted and nailed on,the
walls at his desk could tell many a
weird and cruel story were they, but
possessed of the faculty of speech..
Right abovo his head hung a piece of
tape that was upon the black cap ot
George Horton, who was hanged at
the district jail for the murder of
Jane Nicholson. Durrett rcmem'bered
well how hard he had worked that
night on this story. He remcrriber-
ed loo, the big "scoop" that he had
made on .the murder of Amanda
Clark by a hurley negro. A splinter
of the oak stick with whicli the negro committed the crime was pinned to the wall, and below it a
strand of the rope with which the
murderer had been hung.
The boy's thoughts ran back two
years when ho had first seen her;
how she had brightened his hitherto
sordid lifo in tho Thirteenth street
boarding house. He recollected with
a bitter smile trie ways and means ho
used to contrive in order to be at
the tab'.e at tho same time with her,
and how he maneuvered to meet her
on the stairs coming down to breakfast in the morning. She was a clerk
in the pension office and was very
poor. He was at that time doing
space work on the Evening Times
and was anything but well off. It
did not take long for them tot become
friends, and in a remarkably short
space of time they both awoke to the
fact that they loved each other. Then
came the happy day of Durrett's
life; the days of planning how they
could live on his meager earnings;
nights of laughing speculation over
figures in which flat-rent, and butcher bills, and grocery items figured
most conspicuously. Then came thc
great event in their lives, when Durrett secured a permanent position on
the Sphere at a salary which seemed
at the time amply able to not only
secure for them the flat and perfect
harmony between them and the butcher, grocer, et al., but also some
littio luxuries which they had decided must be dispensed with. A few
months after Durrett's appointment
to the staff of thc Sphere, they were
quietly married in thc little Presbyterian Church on Q street,
The life of a reporter's wife is a
lonely one if she is without any relatives and has but few friends; especially if thc newspaper man is a
night worker. Durrett's police run
kept him at work from three o'clock
in the afternoon until half past three
thc next morning. During this time
he was constantly on the move. His
rivals on the Star and Times Were
older men in the business than he
and it kept him always alert to
hold up his end on thc run. Possibly the fact that he was away from
home so much may he some excuse
for the fall ot his wife. It is not
given as such. As Kipling says,
"That is another story." One morning, shortly before the sun peeped
out from its resting place to wake
up the drowsy city, Durrct came
home, fagged out after a hard night's*
work, to find the flat deserted. A
letter pinned to the lamp-shade told
Mie story. And so it is very provable that if Haines, the managing editor, had known the above, he would
not have found it necessary to ask
the city editor what was the trouble
with Durrett.
• • •
Two o'clock had just struck on the
big post-office chimes across the
street from the Sphere building,
when McElhonny, the new police reporter, walked in the city room, the
rain running off the brim1 of his hat,
and spattering on Fcnton's desk as
he stooped to answer his chief's
sterotyped question:
"Well, anything doing?"
"Nothing but a little robbery in
the TMrd Precinct,,!'   was   the dis-
Tragedy of Santa Claus
"I shall nevei »e happy again,"
sobbed Freda, wretchedly, "never,
never, never."
"I know we won't," said Emmy,
with a heavy sigh; "how could anything be the same after last night?
Oh, Freda, don't you wish you were
dead?"
"Saint Philomena, what are you
children doing on the street at this
hour?" called a clear, sweet voice
from the window of a passing! carriage.
"Aunt Mary!" gasped the two
wanderers, clutching each other.
"Aunt Mary, at your service! But,
children dear, what are you up to?"
said Aunt Mary, after bringing them
into the cab and wrapping her short
arms around them and patting their
hands with her soft white ones,
while Uncle Joo piled rugs on their
feet ami looked tremendously mystified. Then Emmy fastened her eyes
on space and told ncr tale of woe.
"Wc were sleeping together and we
heard a noise, and we saw a tight,
and it was a real Santa Claus Hilling our stockings. And we sat up'in
bed watching him, and he stepped on
his heard, it was so long. And Freda laughed, and he came over and
sat on tho 1>cd and talked. We were
rather afraid to say anything! at
' first, but when he asked us what we
wanted him to give us Freda asked for
a doll and I wanted a wishing-ring.
Then he asked me what I would do
with a wishing-ring, and I didn't
want to tell at first, hut he said he
must. know, so I told him that 1
wanted it so that whenever mamma
was cross I could get sick, because
then sho always says darling to us
and rocks us to sleep. Pa rails Fre,
da darling nearly always, 'but he
says that I have a bad temper, and
I told the Santa Claus I would wish
that I could lose my temper whenever I felt like it without getting
called a little vixen by Pa. And I
said I would.wish to haye girls in
to tea sometimes, and I would wish
that Pa liked children to ask questions, because he doesn't, and it
makes him mad to be bothered with
youngsters' chatter." Emmy's eyes
half closed and a sigh like a sharp
knife quivered through her heart.
"Where does the tragedy come in,
though?" inquired Uncle Joe.
"Oh, it wasn't Santy Claus at all.
We were deceived," wailed Freda.
"Yes," said Emmy, sadly, "Santy
Claus began to wink at somebody,
and 1 looked, the way he looked, and
there stood Pa and Ma, and my
blood froze with horror. Freda
screamed and hid her head under the
pillow. I couldn't feel anything foj
a minute, and I turned my back! on
(he Santy Claus, and Freda called
him a beast from under the clothes;
but I just made a face and hunched
my shoulders. But, ah, I hate himjl,"
Emmy laid a weary hand on her
chest and her little i'ace looked oilier
than ever.
"Just then thc whole three left thc
room," resumed Emmy wearily, 'ianif
wc got dressed and crawled out the
dining-room window, and we havo
been walking ever since, and we forgot our coats and things look so
awfully queer at night." Emmy's
voice wavered.
e e e
When they were all in her parlor
Aunt Mary turned to Uncle Joe with
tears in her eyes.
"What would have happened if we
hadn't gone to midnight mass? What
shall we do with these chicks?"
"Feed 'cm," said Uncle Joe crustily, putting on his coat again.
"I'm going to kick your brother and
that fake Santy Claus," roared Uncle
Joe, colliding with the door sash.
"I hope he won't kick them very
hard-'specially Pa," said Emmy resignedly. "I'm beginning to tcel ill,
and mamma will never, be good to me
any more. She won't forgive us.
But It was truef (lhe Is cross. But
she's my own mother and I Wouldn't
have told anybody that site was
cross if I hadn't believed he was a
real Santy Claus, tor anything," she
mused sorrowfully. A terrible longing for her cross mother had gotten
hold of her heart. And even jam,
with porridge didn't console her.
"I've lost mother forever," she kept
thinking and her heart was sick.
Just then there was a commotion
in the hall that startled Emmy out
of her reverie.
"The little rascals!" shouted—yes
—Pa's voice! Emmy turned pale and
rose from the table. She faced her
Freda gave a frightened moan and
nearly put her head in the porridge.
Her Pa put out his arms to Freda
and a tear crawled down his check.
Freda's tender little heart broke all
lo bits and she ran to comfort him,
and he wiped ills eyes on one of her
yellow ringlets and kissed her in thc
back ot her chubby neck and hugged
her. But Emmy's black eyes only
stared in wonder.' "Mamma won't
care like that she reflected, with a
pain in her heart.
"Where are my balics?" called on
excited mother voice.in the hall, and
Emmy's arms extended unconsciously, and pretty sooo her mother had
hugged all thc breath out of her
stout little body and she lay, with
her eyes closed, in her mother's arms.
Then the false Santy Claus came
in, and after much abject apology
Emmy forgave him. Freda had forgotten all a'bout him by then. And
the false Santy took Emmy on his
knee and asked her to marry him,
which pleased her mightily and broke
down tihe icy barrier of her reserve.
"I have had two proposals now. I
will soon be lilic a born coquette
I that I read about one day when it
I rained," she said frankly. And the
false' Santy Claus looked very grave
at first, then he laughed, and laugh-
ed, and laughed.
"Did you accept the other .one?"
he asked.
"Yes," said Emmy tranquilly.
So the subject of the tragedy was
dropped, and they had such a nice
Christmas, too, and things never
were as bad afterwards.        ,
Uncle Joe and Aunt Mary got a
little haby v»ry soon after Christmas and Emmy heard the false Santy,
Claus volunteering lo he Santy for
it, hilt Emmy scolded bim fiercely
and shook her fist in his face.
"All's well that ends well, Emmy,"
he mid with the prettiest smile.
At an eastern hotel a western man
had left his family, which had accompanied him to thc city, in their
rooms so that they had become un-
casyabout him. At last he returned
to the rooms, and to tho anxious inquiry of his wife, "Where in the
world have you been so long?" he
responded, calmly:
"I've just been in the cuspidore,
walking pro and con."
gusted rejoinder.   "The run's as dead
as a doornail to-night."
McEijonny was followed by a messenger boy whose rubber cape glistened in, the electric light. He handed a bulky envelope to Fenton, who
recognized the addrcssi in Durrett's
handwriting. He drew from the envelope a roll of manuscript, and
while his glance wandered down the
neatly written pages nis eyes opened
with mingled surprise and terror.
Dear Kenton:—Here is my last
scoop. It's all on the level, so you
can spread it out, I'm no good any
more, but I'm going to beat the other papers once more before I go.
Goodby, DURRETT.
This short note was pinned to thc
following story:
"William Durrett, a local newspaper man, tired of life and unable to
overcome his strong love for liquor,
committed suicido at a late hour lasf
night in his room at 768 F street.
He sent a bullet crashing through
his Irain, and left a note stating-his
reasons for committing the sad deed
was seated at a table, with a. 32-
of self-destruction. His lifeless, body
was discovered at an early hour this
morning by friends. The dead man
calibre revolver clutched in his ri(ht
hand."
This was supplemented by a well-
written story of the suicide, and a
short history of Durrett's newspaper
career.
But Fenton did not wait to finish
thc rcmi'rkable article. He sprr.ng
to his feet, tossed the roll of paper
to Germain, liis assistant, saying:
"If you don't hear Irom mo to the
contrary within a half-hour, run this
on the first page under a freak head.
It's a scoop." Then shouting to the
polite man. "Come on, McElhonny, j
I want you," the two disappeared
down thc stairs.
As McElhonny ran swiftly by tho,
side of his chief up Pennsylvania avenue, the latter explained in a few
words Durrett's strange communication and the city editor's fears. • It
did nat take the two long to reach
the brick building in which Durrett
had lived since the disappearance of
his wife. McCune, the tall and red-
haired police sergeant, was standing
on the corner, idly swinging his club(
"What's the trouble, boys?" as he
recognized the pair when they drew,
up so him, panting from the exertion
of their run.
"Conic upstairs Mac," cried Fenton, "I'm afraid something's gone
wrong with Durrett.-'
The trio clattered up the stairs to
the door of Durrett's room at the
top of the fifth floor. A stream of
light poured out from the open transom, and theyl heard the sound of
sdneofic  infeiile^   #
"Thank God! we're in time,"
ejaculated the city editor, a smile of
relief covering his face as he raised
his hand to knock on the door. "I
don't know what I —"
Crack!
A pistol shot sent its deadly alarm)
throughout thc echoing passageway,
and a thin cloud of smoke drifted
through the transom.
The three men paled as they lookeo>
at coch other in silence. Then Mc-
Cunc's burly shoulder esashed in the
door, and tlliey stood in the presence
of the dead. Dun'ettt was seated at
the table; his right hand held a
smoking revolver; a stream of red
blood flowed from a jagged hole in
his forehead, mercifully hiding the
deatii stare in his sightless eyes.
"McEihonny," said Fenton, turn-
inb to the trembling reporter, "run
down to the office and tell Germain
to use thc story. Durrett has turned in his last scoop."
Fortune Awaits Her
A meek-looking little man with a
large pasteboard box climbed on the
car. As he did so he bumped slightly into a sleepy, corpulent passenger
with a Bclf-satisiicd look aud two iit-i
tie dabs of sidewhisKcrs. As the
car rounded a curve thc box rubbed
against him again and he growled.
"This ia no freight car, is It?"
"Nope," returned the meek little
chap with the box, "and when you
conic right down to it, it ain't any
cattle car either, is it?"
m
A lecturer was touring through thc
country recently and delivered an address before an audience in a country schoolhousc.
In the course ot his remarks he reviewed the agricultural prospects ot
tho country, and as an illustration
told a story of a poor farmer who
had died, leaving his wife the farm
heavily mortgaged. Me said that
the widow set to work with a will
and succeeded upon one year's wheat
crop in paying oft the entire mortgage.
Whenhe had completed his lecture,
the gentleman shook hands and greet
ed the members of his audience. One
miildleMgcd man finally approached
him thoughtfully and began:
"I say, mister, you told a story
'bout the widow raising a mortgage
on one year's crop?"
"Yes, my friend, that was a true
story. It happened only two years
ago ""
"Well, sir, could you tell mc who
that widow is? She's just thc. kind
of woman I've neon looking for all
the time." .
Wherever she is or whatever she
may be doing, Ann Faith, now poor
and bent and near three score years
and ten, is weighing thc two great
problems of her life in the 'balance.
A great fortune awaits her in Philadelphia, but to secure it she must
abandon a stiil hunt for revenge that
has cccupicd forty years or more of
her life. She must expose the child
of her misfortune to the gaze of the
cruel world and above all she must
stand forth from, the veil of time and
say to all the world, "Her,; am 1."
Messrs. Hepburn, Carr & Krauss,
leading lawyers of Philadelphia, have
in their custody the vast fortune
left by thc brother of Ann Faith,
who met a tragic death in the post
ollicc in that city last February. In
settling the estate of the deceased,
Mr. Hepburn came upon documentary
records discussing thc real and thc
greater tragedy of the Faith family,
and the soatow and humiliation that
brought her from the little town of
Mulican, near Garvagh, Ireland, in
the days of the civil war, and which
caused her to journey from ocean to
ocean and from thegulf of Mexico lo
the wilds of Canada and British Columbia seeking thc author of her ruin
and the father of her child. Day 'by
day, week 'by week, during these 40
years and more she kept up tho
still hunt, and held herself aloof J
from those in America and Ireland
who knew her, and she was thc belle
of all tho region round Kilmoylc.
Soon after her departure from Ma-
tican one of her brothers followed
her to the United States. The other
brother remained in the old homestead and unless Ann Faith appears
and claims that which is hers, or
permits her child to declare her dead
and make the claim in her mother's
stead thc whole estate of thc brother will go to the descendants ol her
brother in Ireland. Should Ann
Faith or her child come forth and
provo their kinship onohalf of the
great fortune would surely bo paid
to them.
A most amazing feature of this domestic tragedy is found in the fact
that during all the forty years and
more which Ann Faith has devoted
to the hunt for the father ot her
child cue never once communicatee?
with her family in Ireland nor with
her brother in Philadelphia, who was
accidentally killed in February last.
She has been indirectly heard of at
various times in Ontario, the state
of Washington, Oklahoma and Texas;
and no sooner would her 'brother
learn her whereabouts in some remote*
section of the United States or Canada and set his agents to work to
bring her home to him than she
would disappear as if the earth had
opened up and given her,a final resting place. She not only made it her
business to keep near her quarry but
to keep far away from her family
and former friends, and now thet the
last member of the family in America has passed away, leaving 'behind
a fortune that is hers af right,
Messrs. Hepburn, Carr & Krauss have
opened up communications with agencies in all parts of thc United
States and Canada, with a view ot
ha.ving this) old woman .forget the
wrongs of her youth and come forth
to claim that which is hers and to
spend thc balance of her days in
peace and quiet, and if she pleases in,
comfortable obscurity.
The ship doctor of an English lit-
cr notified the death-watch stcw.ird,
an Irishman, that a man had died! in
stateroom 45. The usual instructions to bury the body were given.
Sonic hours later the doctor peeked
into the room and found that the
body was still there. He called, the
Irishman's attention to the matter,
and the latter replied:
"I thought you said room 46. ■ I
wint to that room and noticed wan
of thim in a bunk. 'Are ye dead?'
says I. 'No,' says he, 'but I'm prat*
ty near dead.'
"So I buried him." ,',    , THE LADYSMITH CHfiONICLE
CHRISTMAS IN OTHER COUNTRIES
How the World and His Wife Observe the Birthday of the Redeemer
■-"Peace on Earth."
If you were in Sweden on Christinas Evo
you would hear tho church bells begin to
ring »t live o'clock, for everybody stops
work then and tho festivities begin in groat
earnest everywhere in tho kingdom, Glass
distillations lire forgotten and servants are
allowed to sit nt table with the family.
A'fter supper conies the universal Christmas
true, for Sweden is one of tlio curly homes
of this beautiful custom.
On Christmas morning tit six o'clock,
while it is still dark, you would go to church,
tor everybody gobs—unless you stayed at
home to mind the lights in the house, for
every home in tlio kingdom is illuminated.
There is almost sure to ho a deep snow,
and you would go to cliuroh in a sleigh.
Behind every sleigh you would seo two boys
Btanding on thc runners and holding pine-
torches—a beautiful spectacle as a long
procession o'f sleighs glides over the snow on
a forest-road. Those torches are stuck up in
a circle around the cliuroh. A whole week
is given lo good cheer and hospitality.
IN NOBWAT, HKNMAllK ANIl RUSSIA
In Norway anil Denmark Christmas customs aro essentially the same as in Sweden,
for all these Northern people make much
of tho occasion and have most cheerful and
earnest eustonis. But. there are variations
of the customs in different places. In
Christiansand, Norway, at seven o'clock on
Christmas live the Cathedral chimes begin to
ring, and this is a signal for pveryliody to go
out. into the streets and reverently listen,
Three Christinas hymns aro played from the
tower on wind instruments, with all the town
as an audience, and the people listen with
great emotion, for you may see many happy
faces, and some nro moved to tears.
called piuata parties. Pinata is a largo
earthen jar covered with tissue paper and
tinsel aud filled with nuts, candies, fruits,
sugarcane and other sweets. It is suspended by a red cord in the middle of the courtyard. The children, blindfolded, must lind
it and break it with sticks. When the jar
is broken and the good things fall there is a
happy scramble for them. Sometimes thc
children are not blindfolded, but every child,
lifter being whirled around a timo or two to
make it somewhat dizzy, is permitted to
strike one blow at the pinata, the smallest
child striking first, aud so on. Another
custom is to put toys of beautiful native
pottory in a bag, to pass tho bag around and
to let every child take Hie first toy that it
grasps.
Nine nights before Christmas, in Mexico,
guests gather at chosen houses, every one
with a taper. A procession, beaded with a
figure of Mary riding an ass and Joseph
leading it, goes several times around the
corridor of the house chanting and carrying
lighted tnpers. A part of the company goes
inside, and one on the outside asks for shelter in tho name of Joseph. First it is refused; then it is gtauted. The figures of
Mary and Joseph are then placed on an altar
and refreshments aro served. This ceremony is repeated eight nights, and on the
ninth night, which is Christmas Eve, an
imago of Christ is put with the images of
Mary and Joseph, aud all people go to midnight mass.
aiiunra.H trsju bnivkrul is aEtmNv
The German Christmas is mora like the
Scandinavian,   with    loeal   differences in
different provinces.   The Christmas tree is
universal, for this is its home.   At many
At supper on Christinas Eve every true I places the  whole family go to early service
Norseman oats rice pudding of a peculiar
preparntion, and every home in the kingdom
has its Christmas tree. The family, sorvants
and all, dance about it and sing Christinas
songs. The tree has candles on it, and
candies and pretty cakes in bright-colored
paper baskets—all usually home-made.
Santa Claus is not associated with the tree,
but tlio simple, home-made gifts are made
directly from one member of the family to
another—all very pretty, simple and inexpensive. The richer households send good
things to the poor. On window-ledges in
the town and outdoors in the country sheaves of grain are put for tbe birds. In some
places they are fastened on long poles and
renewed evory day for a week, and many
aro the birds that tint! them. On the barn
floors of the peasants bowls of warm por-
lidgo arc sot for poor Robin Coodfollow
to comfort him because he has no soul.
The Christmas Eve celebration in Russia
begins .it sunset. Tho people form in procession, and, headed by a brilliant "Star of
Bethlehem" homo aloft on a pole, visit the
houses of tho noblemen and ol her dignitaries
of tho neighborhood. Carols arc sung under
the windows, whence showers of coins arc
thrown to thc Bingors. After this observance (called kolenuii) there is a masquerade in which old aud young appear in the
guise of oxen, sheep and other domestic
aninids, in memory of the Saviour's birthplace. Tho appcni'unccof the ovening stalls the signal lor snppor (oolatzia), which is
served on tablesstrown witlistraw. Afterward Christinas trees are lighted and presents exchanged. Christmas Day is obscr*
ved witli great pomp by tho churches, and
after the services there is much feasting ami
merry-making in the homes of rich and
poor.
HOW CHRISTMAS IS CKLEHRATEU IN ITAI.'
Christmas in the Catholio countries of
Southern Kurope is very different from
Christmas in these Northern lands. In
Homo it is a quiet and solemn day and the
chief interests is in religious services. The
celebration goes on from December 25, when
the aacrefl Bambino (tho Christ-child) is
brought out till January (I, when it is put
awoy again. Tlio churches are, of course,
brilliantly illuminated with innumerable
candles, and the solemn and impressive
service is everywhere attended. There aro
family reunions, but tho social festivities of
thc time, in spite of the usually mild Indian-
snminer weather, arc held quietly indoors.
Every Venetian, l [oh or poor, luaKoi a present, of a box of peculiar candy, made of honey nnd nuts (called mantlorla'o), and of a
glass of fruits and mustard (called nuistar-
do|.
In Italy, instead of the Christmastroe
you will find (especially in r-'lnrcnculn straw
basket made to hold gifts doeoruted with
green things arranged in tin, form of a tree.
The commonest gift to children is a plaster
toy representing the Nativity.
NO CHRISTMAS TKLKS  IX SPAIN
Nor.dp they luivo Christmas trees in
Spain.' lint every child that can utl'ord it
has a naolttiloub,, which is a el ty or plasl.ur
representation of Uio birth of Christ, It
always represents thc child Jesus in the
cradle, and often Joseph and Mary slid the
animals in the manger, nnd tho wise men
irom the East, ami sitnietinics tlngels also.
They are embowered in a kind of greenery.
Sometimes represent.nlions of the animals
in Noah's Ark arc added. A Spanish child
will keep its nacinticiitn from year to year
and make additions to the collection.
Christmas Eve is celebrated in Spanish
homes by a family party, and a supper
uhicfly of sweetmeats and winds, funiculi
of hanging up their stockings the children
in the country hide their shoes and slipper
in tho hushes, ami they find them tilled with
fruit and candies in tho morning.
WHAT 19 IIONK   IN   MEXICO
In tlio city of Mexico there is every year
a nacimiento exhibition given in a large
hall. The story of the Bible, from Adam
and Evo In the Garden of Eden to 'tho
birth of Christ, is represented by beautiful
little figures. There is a background of
green moss, lighted by miiny wax candles.
This exhibition is open every year twelve
dnvs before Christinas so that, all the people
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can see it.
—at five or six o'clock as the cus'om may
be, and in some parts of the country every
one carries a lighted candle. These osndlcs,
placed nu the hacks of the pews, sometimes
make the only light in the shurch. At
some places wheu the clock strikes twelve
on Christmas Eve the bells ring and every
house and church is quickly lighted tip-
not a dark window in the whole town.
Christmas is a day of eheeriness and happiness throughout Germany. The presents
are usually simple. Men and angels and
many kinds of creatures are fashioned in
gingerbread. It is twisted into many grotesque shapes nnd sometimes ib is gilded.
Hans Christian Andersen's story of the
Gingerbread Soldier will bo better understood by any one who has spent a Christinas in Germany.
In Hanover, just when the rnvdlos on tho
Christinas tree arc dyingout, I! or i will be
a mysterious rap on thedoor anil a bundle
will' be thrown into the ro'iiu. It contains
a little present for every member of I ho
family and comic verses for some of them.
In Obcrammergaii there is a more distinctly religious tone given to the whole holiday.
tho Christ-child is the guardian angol of
the time. It is He, they say, who brings
tho Christmns tree. He conies down from
Heaven on Christmas live, holding it in
His hands. Two angels bearing presents
fly before Him and two behind. He puts
the tree on the table, rings a bell and Hies
away. Ho brings a blessiug to the children
that have been nbadiont and kind.
To the children of Obeiainiiicrgiiu St.
Nicholas is an angel in disguise, tie goes
about from house to house in ragged clot lies
and with a bag on his back, lie gives a
loud knock at the door and asks, "Are the
children good!" If the answer is "Yes," he
leaves fruits and candies and other presents.
If lhe answer is "No" he leaves a stick.
In Cuba the evergreen cactus, the brilliant
colors of flowers growing outdoors, the white
sunlight, aud the indigo-hluc of the waters
make a scene in sharp contrast with the
snows of Northern climates. The houses
havo colors ranging from sky-blue to pink,
with white iron balconies, latticed windows
and tiled roofs. You will find fountains at
play indoors and outdoors. And in the
country aro gardens of tropical ftliage.
Here the essential features of the Christmas
celebration are tho same as in other Catholic countries.
Evory where in Spanish Amorica the old
Southern Europe Christmas oustoms are
tenacious. In Peru bands of children go
aboii ton Christmas Evo from house to hotiso
wherever there is a nacimiento, singing
carols. There is in a museum in Spain a
nacimiento that came from Peru that is said
toTie two hundred years old. It is' in a box.
When the lid is lifted it discloses a representation of Heaven witli angels playing
upon musical instruments. The interior is
the usual representation of the manger, but
the front of the box, when it is open, represents tho Garden of Eden.
But in these parts of South America
where Germans havo settled they have
introduced the Christmas tree and other
German Christmas customs.
CHRISTMAS  011SKKVANCE9   IN FRANCE
Similar Christina* observances are common in France, especially iu Southern
France. Only in that country the Christmas tree was unknown until quite recently,
although it now very generally forms part
of the children's festivities. It has, however, by no means superseded the toylike
representation of the Nativity, which ia
there called the creche instead of the naei-
miento, ns in Italy, Spain and Mexico. Tho
acted repri Mentation of the Nativity, (called
the pastoural), given by amateurs or professionals, is almost universal at the Christmas
season. The Scandinavian custom of feeding I lie birds is widely observed by hanging
littio whuntshoaves along the eaves oftho
houses. The Yule-log (the cachotio) ia likewise an important feature of the festivities.
It has to bo out from a fruit-hearing troo—
the almond, apple, pear or olive—by tho
head of the family, and all. the others must
share in taking it home. On Christmas Eve
it is laid In the fireplace nominally by the
oldest and youngest of the family, typifying
the old year and the new, and after it and
thc creche candles have been lighted the
Great Supper (the Reveillon) it served at
midnight.
THE DAV IN SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA
In Switzerland they have a very jolly
Christmas and of course a cold one. The
very market-places aro scones of frolic and
fun. At any snow-coverod booth Von may
buy a Christmas tree and everything to put
on it. Far up at tho Monastery of St
Bernard in the Alps visitors almost always
join the monks nt mass and at their feast,
although there are at that tilno of year few
travellers iu that latitude.
There is an unusual and happy Christmas
in the Austrian salt mines, under the Alps
and the Carpathian Mountains. Among
fiese caverns and pillars of glistening crystals miners and their families live iu excavated homes. Many of them do not seo the
light of day. But when Christmas conies
their houses and streets are brilliantly
lighted. Hero, too, the christ-child oonu s
bringing gifts to good children; and St.
Nicholas, followed by hobgoblins, frightens
tlio naughty ones. Music and dancing and
merrymaking go on everywhere on Christ-
mis Day in tho glittering, illum'nat d
streets and the brightly lighted dugout
houses.
WE PRINT
Letterheads, Billheads,
Noteheads, Statements,
Menu Cards,
Business Cards,
Menus, Programmes,
Visiting Cards,
Envelopes,
Dodgers, Posters,
Circulars, Shipping Tags,
Receipt Books, Etc., Etc.
Clever Devices of
Parisian Shop Lifters
An apparently respectable matron, carrying an ostmsilile baby in long clctheswas
observed yc-terday fumbling at a stall in
one of the big shops of tlio Rue dc Hivoli,
Paris. Tho observers of hor movements
were two detectives, who had billowed her
into the shop, thinking they hud scon her
before.
The men wore correct, in their surmise,
for the matronly person is a professional
thief, witli many previous convictions. She
was seen lifting several articles of cheap
jewelry, and then walked to another stall,
whence she abstracted some picocs of velvet
and silk. As she was leaving the shop she
was arrested. At the police station she
protested that she was tho wrong person
unil began to cry, Tho ostensible baby
also oiled, and tho police superintendent,
being evidently a father, lifted tho veil of
the infant's face and spoke soothing words
to the child.
Looking moro closely at the baby the
police official noticed that its eyes were
quite dry and ils face bereft of a trace of
life. Tapping the infantine visage he found
that it was made of cardboard. Tlio bogus
baby was a reeeptaelo for stolen property.
On its body was a contrivance which, when
pressed, made the dummy infant evolve
cries. Tho receptacle had inside it a stolon
bracelet and the nieces of velvet and silk
abstracted from tlio shop. — I'aris Correspondence London Telegraph.
Almost the toughest thing in  the whole ot creation is a "pinto"
Now his hide is just as tough as ha is, and the part above his hips
-it is the "shell."
Broncho when he is in fighting bumf
is tho very toughest and most pliati
That is the part used to make the famous "Pinto" Shell Cordovicn  Mitts and Gloves.
Wind, rain, tear, rip, scorch and boil-proof—almost wear proof.
Made only by
Montreal
Winnipeg
THE TITLE-LOO AND   MISTLETOE IN ENGLAND
In England two Christinas customs liavc
como down from pagan times. The yule-
log was first burnt in honor of a pagan deity
before England became a Christian country,
Kut it was adopted as a Christinas custom;
and in many parts of England now the
family, servants and all, gather about a
great fire on Christmas Eve where tho yule-
log burns. Tho other eustom, which was at
first pagan but has become associated with
Christmas, is the hanging of the mistletoe.
It was once a sharm to ward off ovil, Then
it played a part in Christmas love-making,
for the maiden who was caught under the
mistletoe was kissed. It is now used in
great quantities for Christmas decoration.
The Chiistmus tree, which is new common
in England, was rare there until it was
made popular by the Prince Consort. In n
sense the English people owe the Christinas
tree to the Queen's German husband.
CHRISTMAS IN TROI'ICAL COUNTRIES
In tropical counirles  some interesting
effects   are  produced   because Christmas
may be celebrated in the open air,   In the
r._w Philippines the day is nsually warm.   The
,■„„ „<:.,...    There lire other similar exlilhi- i hedgos and the banana treos and theoiange
tions, esnoclally of the Shophords at the f groves are in bloom, and the people take a
birth of Christ. midday siesta to rest from the heat.   In the
Verv pretty Christmas parties are held  afternoon thero may be a baseball gamo, and
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A CHRISTMAS IDYL
Oh, the winter winds,blew chilly! th tough thc long and drcady night,
ilul the Christmas bells rang gayly in the gray, dim morning light.
in the.moonlight cold and sparkling gleamed the white and drifted snow,
Hut the morning sunlight blended with the hcarthlirc's cheery glow.
Chime, chime, merrily chime,
Dells of the holy Christmas time;,
Wake, with your music the echoes tliat clcep.
Where the gray mountains their soljnn watch keep;
Ring out your gladness o'er hillside* iti main;
King till the New Year bells echo the strain;
Toll for the Old Year's recard  of wrong,
Wail for its losses in agonized, song;
Chant a glad pacn for victories won,
ind the anthem ol hope for    the days that will came.
Flash, ruddy fires, in your roseate* light,
Weave us fair pictures of memories bright;
Golden and warm let the embers burn,
is the pages ot Memory'* Unlets «e turn.
Some of the pages are blotted, with sin,
Wrong hast been wrought since the Old Year came In,
Evil,been done'since the last Cmislmas-time,
Hands then unspotted are crimson id with crime,
Hearts have grown colder to truth and to love-
Bartered lot trifles their, birthright above.
Tcarsprinkled pages that whisper ol loss—
Of wearing the thorn-crown, and bearing the cross-
Pages o'er which •bitter tears have, been wept;
Pages po which the glad sunshine his slept—
Pages so precious, thc wealth ol th» seas
Never would tempt us to parting) with' these.
Beck the walls with green an I holly!
Heap still more the Christmas fires!
Build your castles In the embers,
Glowing turrets, flaming spires!
Bring ttc gilts of love nnd friendship,
True heart-tokens, let them, be,    .
One and all, with Joyous fares,
(lather   round   our Christ is tree.
"Tis the birthday ol the Chrirt-child,
For His sake we ficep our feast,
They that seek shall surely did Him,-    r;
Lo!   His star ia in the Eait! THE LADYSMITH CHRONICLE
(From Dec. 18 to Jan 1st.)
DRESSERS' AND, STAND,  SIDEBOARDS, WARDROBES,
KITCHEN  CUPBOARDS, OH EFFONIERS,
BOOK CASES WITH TWO GLASS DOORS.
Couches, net  :.......... t 7,s?5|
Morris Chairs  10.5J
Child-s   Morris Chair   3.50
Rockers, plain and fancy 1.50 to  6.SO
Children's Rockers from 1.25 to  ZM
Children's Set   Table and   two-
Chairs     2.00!
Plain and    Fancy   Dishes at rock 4
[bottom prices.
Knife and Forks from $1.80 a doz.
[pair.
Carving Sets from $1.25 to $3.50.
Tea Spoons, Dessert Spoons, Table
Spoons from 23c per doz. up to 50c
each.
Furniture Store!
CHRISTMAS DAYS OF THE PAST
The Simplest Things Have the Greatest
Significance.
Our hearts are usually very much
larger at Christmas than our purses.
Tho desire is to remember everybody
that we know.. But our means do
not generally allow us to do it. So
wc often pass entirely ly at Christmas people to whom a simple "Merry
Christmas," and nothing more, would;
mean a world of clu'er and lightheadedness. Because we cannot give
what we would like to wc think that
we should not give at all. The
truth is, whether we choose to acknowledge it in so many words or not,
that we have grown so commercially
' and artificially minded in this country that thousands of its people arc
prone to measure our Christmas presents by the yardstick'- of intrinsic
value, or by what the recipients will
think of them. We seem, to have entirely lost sight of the fact that wc
can always give something. And if
wc \aye that something we would
really come closer to the real spirit
of Christmas givini A few cheerful words filled with that expression
of stnrg good will, that is like
sweet perfume, have a.meaning that
only a few realize. There is nothing
no pleasant in this world as the feeling that one is rcmcmlicrcd, and this
a few written words will often convey more strongly than a gift. Yet
we invariably put the gift first. Our
lctiicinbt'ance must tal.s some form,
we think, other than a mere verbal
or written expression, and that is
the artificial within us: not the natural.
Wc seem, to refuse to believe that
It is tho simplest things we do that
have the greatest influence. It is the
simplest Christmas that remains. Not!
long agm a man who counted his mil-
' lions by tens mid twenties recalled
' with effort the Christmas before the
last passed, when with affluence all
around him it might have seemed to
tunic of us that thc day would have
brought to him no eml ot pleasures
and glad memories. The Christmas
which he could distinctly remember
was one ot forty, years before, when,
as he told with sparkling eyes, in hist
father's rural home he crpt' downstairs, barefooted nnd nightcapped,
to sec if "old Santy". had stopped at
his house.
The simplest things are the things
that really appeal to us most, and
that is only because when we are
simple we are natural. An enjoyment that is natural is always the
deepest and truest. The moment the
artificial, the conventional, comes into our lives, tint moment, the sweetest realizations go out. I knew of a
woman ot means with whom tbe
heart's most natural, simplest and
sweetest desires had brown cold by
havinjj every, wish gratified. As her
life became surfeited she extended the
same artificial method to her children. After a time when Christmas
came around she could no longer
think of anything! to give them. Yet
the eldest child, a girl, was but nineteen. So she resorted to the idea ot
giving to each one ot her children
one hundred dollars in gold upon each!
recurring- Christmas. She told them
to buy "anything they wanted."' It
would save her "a lot of trouble,"
she said. But the children had everything they wanted, and the. money
took away from Christmas all the
pleasure which the day had e-.ter
meant tor them. There was nothing
.they could give their mother. Sh)
had "everything." There was nothing the mother could give her children. They had "everything." Thc
gold seemed to clink harsh and cold
to the eldest girl, and one Christ-
mis, in opening an old trunk she
found a wonderful shell-box that had
a looking-glass inside, which, many
Christmase8 before her mother had
given her. Their possessions were
then as lew as later they were abundant. A pincushion was inside the
box. The stitches were bad, .but her
mother had made them, and the
daughter's heart knew there wasn't
one stitch that wasn't put in with
love and gladness. The girl ol millions remembered thc Christmas she
lemembered the l»x; she,recalled
what delight it gave her. The shell-
box still exists. Some ot thc wonderful shells lose their glue to the
touch now. To the. girl it, is,precious now that her mother has gone.
In the box there are a faded photograph, a lock of hair and some trinkets. But the trinkets are those ot
the days before riches came.   That
Christmas only remained with her;
the Christmas   of the old shell-box
blots out from memory all those oi
gold anc plenty that followed.
We have ideas that Christmases as
they are celebrated in homes of great)
wealth must be ideal. Yet often, as
a matter of fact, no more lonesome
Christmas days are spent anywhere
than in such homes. Riches on
Christmas are like sweet bells out of
tune. Nothing was simpler than, the
first Christmas day, and its strongest appeal to our natures, although
we do not always know it, is because it was simple. Nothing is so
fatal to our deepest and truest enjoyment as the realization that we
can have whacever. wa will simplyi
for the wishing or asking. All values arc lost then, It is a hard truth
for those who have little to believe
that the greatest happiness of life is
with them; that it is not with ttiosc
who have abundance. The more we
have the less we actually enjoy it
There is a law of copcn.ation that
comes in here.' The lives of those
who have abundance'are vastly more
complicated than are the lives ol
those who have little. We are wont
t6 say; "Oh, well, I'd like-to try
once having all the money I wanted."
Thousands have said the same thing
only to hare their wish come true,
and to realize that happiness lay not
along thc way they thought. It is
strange how the poor envy the rich,
THE QUALITY HOUSE
Do Not Delay Your Purchasing Until the Last
Our well selected Stock of Rings, Brooches, Bracelets, Necklets, Pendants,
Lockets, Cuff Links, Stick Pins, Lace Pins, Etc., Etc., is now open to your inspection.
Last    Christmas    was    our first
Christmas in Ladysmith.   Wc did   a
remarkable trade, and arc b'otter pre
pared this year,  so intend   this   to
eclipse last year's business.
We are offering surprising barge.' i:s
in  first  quality,  up-to-date  jewelry.
In Diamond Rings we have some that
must move before Christmas.   Here's
a chance to get a beautiful present
and at the same time make a good
investment.
Our stock of watches is very large
and well assorted.   For the next ten
days they are marked down to rock
bottom prices.
A beautiful assortment of thc best
French Etony goods, English Silverware, in beautiful cases, suitable for
presentation,  Cut Glass, and China. '
Every article is done up in a neat
box, ready for presentation.
Every dollar spent with us gives
you a chance to win a Beautiful
Diamond King and a OoM Watch.
Wj will be pleased to have you call
whether you buy or not.
I
P. .0. NOOT,
Watchmaker and Jeweler
Gatacre Street
For the
Holidays
CHRISTMAS CARDS,
CHRISTMAS POST CARDS,
FOUNTAIN PENS,
PIPES of all descriptions,
CIGAR and CIGARETTE
' HOLDERS,
CIGAR and CIGARETTE
CASES.
LADIES' and GENTS' TOILET
SETS in Ebony and Sterling gilvcr.
Also the largest assortment of Silverware in 'plate and sterling, Cut
Giles, etc., in town.
We have no prizes to give but we
can certainly' give you your money's
worth on every article that is purchased at our store.
UOYSMITH PHARMACY
Christmas Snaps
=AT=
ChristmasJCarde, regular 10,15 and
20c, 4 for 25c.
Toys, Games, Books, Glassware at
Greatly Redu<$,ad Prices.
— ,mti	
McKELVIE BROS.,   W^M Ladysmith
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and then to see how the rich envy
the greater and fuller happiness of
those who have less. The woman, ol
simplest means is the happiest woman on earth, if she only knew it.
She is happiest because her. life is
simplest,  and,  therefore, truest.
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CAVIN'S FOOTWEAR STORE
Why Footwear Makes the Best Gilts
The one necessity th.it appeals to nil, from the tiniest of tiny tots, dainty
footery lo Grandma's Comfort Slippers.
Suitable in all walks of life as
The Gift of Gifts
That's Sure to Please
CHILDREN'S 8HOE3-The delight of every child aa Footwear.
felt Slippers, Solid Comfort
GREAT VARIETY OF STVXE3 AT
Gavin's Footwear Store
Ladysmith's Only Exclusive Foetwear Store
N. B.-"Remember, We Make Shoes to Order, and
Repairing as It Should Be Done.  WHITE LVBOR
TICKETS—?2 per couple, including supper.   Extra lady, 75 cents.
Supper by Mrs. Decker.
Dr. R.B. Dier
Surgeon Dentist
JILL  WORK  GUARANTEED
L
Ready for Business
Willi one ot thc finest
., ii
Confectionery Stocks
'| l| <"   ever brought into the city.
,     Everything will he sold at thc lowest possible price.
; i     Full assortment of Cigars and Tobaccos.
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Gem Candy Store
Gatacre
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Christmas
Greetings
Are In Order
Today and to-morrow are the last shopping days before Christmas. t While  ''
our stock of Christmas Goods is disappearing fast, we still have some nifty and  *
X useful presents, and it will pay you to drop in and see what we have left.
Por the Men—
Suspenders, Armlets, Ties, Sweater Bluffs, Gloves,  Umbrellas, Shirts, Hand-  • •
jcerohiefs, full' Links, Vests, Etc., all new and up to date.
For the Ladies---
Fancy Kerchiefs, Umbrellas, Slippers, a few pieces of Fancy China, Fancy  .,
• Boxes Candy, Bon Bona, Etc.
;; Por the Children—
j»'      Christmas Stockings galore, Novelties, Candies, Etc.
Remember
, i      We have Hie nicest and frosbest slock of Table Raisins, Candy, Nuts, Figs,
,,   Dates, Sliortliro.nl, Oat Cake, Toffee, Bon Bons, Crocket's, Etc.
£     FRESH TO-DAY—Crumpets and Muffins-Come early.
WISHING YOO ONE AND ALL A MERf.Y CiRISTMAS,
Wo are sincerely Yours,
BLAIR & ADAM
Local and General.
The bye-election for Nanaimo district will take place January 9.■>
Mr. N. H. Harrison, went up to Eaf
naimo on tho noon train.
LOST—Pair of eyo-glasscs. Finder
please leave same at The Chronicle
office. ^
Miss Gcralilinc Hirst is spending
her Christmas holidays with friends
in Vancouver.
THE EMPIRE CAFE
548 JOHNSON SIT., VICTORIA
Meals 20 Cents and Up.
Best 25 Cent Meal in Victoria for 20 Cents. Patronize
White Labor by eating her< j. Special atteniion given to
tourists and visitors, who ar-3 cordially welcome w"
keep the Celebrated Grand Duke Cigar..
We
GEORGE BRUGGY, MANAGED
Mr. John Goodfcllow, superintendent of the E. &■ N., went up to Na-
nuimo on thc noon train to-day.
Mrs. John Muir and family desire
to return sincere thanks for the-manj
expressions ol sympathy they receiv.
ed from friends during their recent
bereavement.
Wc havo one day more till Christ-
masmas. Call and inspect the best
stock ol toys evpr displayed in the
city. In our erockerywarc and glassware lines we have several articles
that will be sold cheap. Ladysmith
Hardware Co. :■■' *
The children of the Presbyterian
Sunday School have been practising
an excellent programme of songs, recitations and drill exercises for their
Christmas entertainment, Christmas
nigM. Anmission 2!ic. School children free.   Other children 15c.      ,-**
Bring Your Pictures Here
To Be Framed for Christinas
PRICES REASONABLE.
First class work guaranteed.
HARRY KAY, &£.
Lord Palmerston was interrupted
at a public meeting.
'Will you support such and such a
reform if returned?'- demanded a voice
from the hall.
"Palm" considered a moment, then
replied: "I will"—at which there
were thunders ot applausei—"not'Vi
he continued amid vncilerous counter
cheering—"toll you"—then there was
general laughter.
All Our Christmas Stock
Is now in, and we are showing a fine line of Christmas
Carci'j and Calendars, Photo
anc\ Post Card Albums Souvenir Belt Pins, Se wing Sets,
T;oys, Books and Dolls.
Call in and See Them.   No trouble to Show You.
Knight's Book Store
Coal Mines Regulati
Act.
Board of Examiners.
FOR SALE
Small ranch, 10 acres of
Oood fruit land midway be
tween Ladysmith and Che
The Thor foas   been loading 7,000
tons of coal.
Thc C. P. R.    has decided    to es-
—:—,;    ".r r   'i     -i i       tcti'isl. a department of industries to
good fruit land rmdwa^be- b0 in charge 0l „_ w. Petet8. Thc
idea was suggested "by Mr. Whyte and
ant was approved hy Sir Thomas
Sliauphnessy. It will be used to encourage industries in the chief centres along the company's system.
mainus.   Apply at
C. Gardner's Grocery
Esplanad -■
Notice is hereby given that thei following constitute the Board of Examiners for thc Extension Colliei'y
during the year lOOfl:
Appointed by the owners—Alexander Bryden.
Alternates—Alexander Shaw, William Jones.
Appointed hy thc Lieutenant-Gov-
crnor-in-Council—W. G. Simpson.
Elected*by thc Miners—James Glen.
Alternates—Thomas Doherty, William  Anderson.
Note—Alternates act as members
of thc Board in the absence ol those
regularly appointed or elected to act
thci'con.
All persons interested may obtain
full information by applying to the
Secretary of the Board, Mr. W. it.
Simpson, of Ladysmith, B. C.
Dated this 2ind day of December,
1908.
RICHARDi McBRIDE.,1
Minister of Mines.
BEAVEN'S
PLATE LIFTERS
You can lift a plate'fromja red hot store
without burning your hands.
The greatest household device ever
invented.
C. GARDNER,
Agent for Ladvimith, Esplanade.
Hllbert Undertaking Parlors
1,3 and 5,Bastion St.,Nanaimo
Phone 124
Mr. Parrott expects to he able to
open his roller .rink, to-morrow evening. Workmen are busily engaged .in
getting everything ready tor the opening night.
A little girl's white boa was found
on the street between the Abbotstord
hotel and the depot. The owner Can
have the same by calling at The
Chronicle office.
Dr. W. W. Walkem, of Vancouver,
claims to have discovered the real
basic principle of aerial navigation.
In his former years, the doctor made
many successful oratorical xights.
Thc lieutenant-governor has declared December 26th and January 2nd
public holidays, and as a consequence
the Canadian Bank of Commerce will
be closed tor business on those two
days.
Messrs. John Bland and Maciver
Campbell will go over the recently
cleared C. P. R. property to-morrow
with the object ot preparing preliminary plans, etc. Mr. Campbell will
come up from Duncan this evening.
The postoffice officials are the busiest people in Ladysmith these days,
handling the unusually large volume
of holiday goods. Mr. Thos. donway.
of thc customs department, is not
havin; such an easy time of.it
either.
Don't fail to see the latest thing
in stamp photos at Smith's Pioneer
Studio, Gatacre street, at two cents
each. The cameras for these are a
direct importation from England and
gfe the only ones in this part of the
country.
frM«M"MnH'M»M"M»I»W
The Vision of
Christmas
Hoven around Childish imagination and makes us more anxious to add to ■.
children's pleasures. The expense is so trifling everybody can give something ••
add we are making the shopping problem easier than ever this year, with spe •{•
cially attractive values in
Toys, Games, Dolls,
Books, Novelties
' lines to kee
''     Already  we've done  a surprizing business and have added new
'' the stoeks as completes* wa can, as long as we can. 'But don't pospona you'
] \ shopping too long,   Some of the best things will go early and not came again
SHOP EARLY
p ..
* Ladysmith Hardware Co.,
Ltd.
-H-K-W
Christmas Stockings and Bon Bons
galore at Blair &i Adam's. *
For Fancy Boxes of Christmas
Candy try Blair & Adam. '
The Wellington sailed at 7 o'clock
this morning with full pargo.
Blair & Adam have just a few
pieces of Nippon China left. Look
these over. •
For fruit and candies, you will find
our stock the best. R. Gear's Ideal
Grocery. *
Fruit cakes and Scotch shortbread.
You will get it at R. Gear's Ideal
Grocery. *
Stamp photos, two cents each at
Smith's Pioneer Studio, new building on Gatacre st. *
We are making a specialty of hand-
painted China.- Take a look in and
see what we have got in this line.
Ladysmith Hardware Co. *
FOR SALE-A McClary Kitohenl
Range. Worth $15; will be sold tor
$20. ''Also a Couch. Mrs Manucll,,
3rd avenue and Gatacre street.'
M. G. O'Brien Wishes to correct the*
impression that he has bought out
Mr. S. Gilford's transfer business.
Mr. O'Brien conducts" the express
business only.
There will be a double train service
on the E.. ft N. to-morrow, December
H. All trains for Christmas Day
have been cancelled to give thc employees tho benefit of the holiday.
A. E. PALMER
FIRST AVENUE
Singer Sewing Machines
Victor Talking Machines
A GOOD ASSORTMENT
Dolls and  Toys
Coll and See Them
CHRISTMAS GOODS
We have just received a fine consignment of Post Card Albums and
a new stock of Christmas Stationery.
Come and sec us.
We are receiving new books every
day, and you can now buy standard
sovels, and the works ot the modern
novelists for 15 CENTS PER COPY.
HARRY HUGHES
CAUTION
On and after December 26th, poison will be placed on Lot 31, South
Oyster District', occupied by the undersigned.
• E. PANNELL,
Ladysmith, B. C, December 10'
Don't forget that you get two
guesses as to the number of seeds in
the pumpkins (or o iry dollar spent
at R. Gear's Ideal Grocery. *
r v xra-JMHiBi (mm
Christmas Gifts
Do you wish a Souvenir of Laily-
Miiith? II so, get one of our Silk
Handkerchiefs with thc Maple Leaf
nnd Ladysmith beautifully wotked.
Price 7fic each.
Ladies' Head Hand Bags-Very
much in demand at present. A very
choice selection at prices Irom $1.00
up.
Silk Shawls in white and black at
reasonably prices.'
Lace Scarfs and Eiswool Scarfs at
50c up to 11.25,.
Ladies' Golf Jackets in Norfolk
style, home made, guaranteed to
wear well. In navy and crimson,
$3,511 each.
For the little tots what is nicer
than a nice Bearskin Coat. Come in
white, red and brown.
For Girls, why "not give a   nice
dress which will 'be useful as well as
ornamental.
Gentlemen's Scarfs—Our showing ol
these goods is very chaste and up-
to-date. '.-'
Our Shoe department Is lull ot
good serviceable Shoes lor Ladies and
Gentlemen, Boys, and Girls, not forgetting the little ones. It you require shoes pay us a visit. We have
the largest selection'of shoes in the
city.
Grocery Specials
Jap Oranges, 75c per box.
Short Bread, 50c per tin.
Tatnallon, 65c per tin.
\ .....
Parisian Wafers, 40c per tin.
Edinburgh Roek, JOc per tin.
Aberdeen Rock, 30 c per tin.
CAKES^-Afcernethy, Oliltan, Gran-
ola, Tyrol Waters;. Marie, Capstan,
Nice, Alpine Wafers, Butter fringe*
Osborne, 35c per lt><
il,Q)
ITALIAN W'AFERS-Playmate,
Schoolmate, Arctic, Trafalgar, Cremona.
Oat Cakes, 15c per packet.
Christmas Stockings, 10c, 15c, SOc
ami (1.00.   "
i
Simon Leiser & Company, Ltd, The Big store
H
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